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‘The Sound of Music’ comes to Triple Locks Theater

| April 28, 2014

COSHOCTON – Samantha Servais was a little nervous about doing “The Sound of Music” without Robin Coffman who had asked for her assists before his death, but is glad she carried on.

“I hope we make him proud,” said Servais who is directing and starring in the play. “This was his dream show. I’m thankful for the opportunity to do this and honor him.”

The Coshocton Footlight Players will perform “The Sound of Music” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2-3 and May 9-10, Thursday through Saturday, May 15-17, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Triple Locks Theater.

“The Sound of Music” is about the real life story of the Von Trapp family and is known for the songs “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.”

“I grew up watching Julie Andrews in it and just love it,” Servais said. “It’s also a story of redemption, lost, hope and love that I think is important to share with the community.”

She plays Maria who is in the process of becoming a nun.

“Maria is a young, spunky girl who loves life and to sing,” Servais said. “As a child she lost her parents so she enters a convent, but is not cut out to be a nun. She ends up being sent to help a widower (Captain Von Trapp) raise his seven children. She loves the children and eventually also the captain. He has his own fiancée at the time and it gets a little sticky.”

Captain Von Trapp is played by Jim Whitehair who has come down from Cambridge to take part in the production.

“I’ve worked with Sam before and knew this was a good play,” Whitehair said. “It’s pretty timeless. I like the music too and everyone has been fun to work with. It takes everybody to put this play on.”

Servais and Whitehair are just two of more than 30 people taking part in the play and there are many more behind the scenes helping with the orchestra, backstage, the sound, lighting and more.

“It’s a very large cast, but they’ve been a dream to work with,” Servais said. “They are kind, helpful and take direction. I’ve seen them grow every night and I’m excited and proud to share them with the community.”

More than 60 people auditioned for the play.

“We had enough talented people that we could have casted several different times,” Servais said. “It came down to little things like who looked like family, who was tall and who was short and vocal ability. This community is so rich with talent.”

Whitehair also has noticed how hard people involved with the Footlight Players work.

“They put their heart and souls into productions and it’s not just the cast, it’s the people behind the scenes too,” he said.

Tickets to the play are $10 for adults and $5 for students age 17 and under. They can be ordered by calling 622-2959 from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 2 to 4 p.m. performance days. You also can order tickets by visiting http://footlightplayers.simpletix.com.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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