February 10 - March 11, 2023
Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
Produced by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals.
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.
Click here to read out Press Release in The Journal Review!
For many people The Sound of Music is revered and holds a special place in their heart. It may be their family tradition to watch it every year, their favorite movie musical or they just love the music of Rogers and Hammerstein. As for me, it was the first musical I performed in
professionally and went on to perform many times. One of the reasons I think it resonates with so many people is because it has strong morals and
teaches us values we like to see in ourselves and others. It strikes a deep
chord in us to believe in and value our family, patriotism, courage, faith,
hope, kindness and love. More than ever we need to feel a connection.
Today, as you are watching this performance, I hope it brings a bit of
nostalgia as well as a reminder to lead with kindness and love.
Maria Rainer: Ruthie Sangster
Captain Georg Von Trapp: Caleb DeWitt
Max Detweiller: Thomas Smith
Elsa Schrader: Kristina Swearingen
Mother Abbess: Anne Miranda
Sister Berthe/ENS: Misty McGrady
Sister Sophia/ENS: Hannah Bergman
Franz/Von Schreiber: Don Hart
Sister Margaretta/Frau Schmidt: Teresa Ross
Rolf Gruber: Tyler Bowlin
Liesl von Trapp: DRae Beller
Friedrich von Trapp: Charlie L Chalmers
Louisa von Trapp: Emery Allen
Kurt von Trapp: Eli Miller
Brigitta von Trapp: Kinley Barney
Marta von Trapp: Greta Shambarger
Gretl von Trapp: Adelaide Klinger
Herr Zeller/Nazi/ENS: Daniel Lee Hollander
Baron Elberfeld/ENS: TJ Bird
Nazi/Party Guest/ENS: Malcom Claeys
Executive Producer: Donna & Richard Myers
Artistic Director: Dion Stover
Director: Dion Stover
Music Director: Teresa Ross
Choreographer: Kristina Swearingen
Production Stage Manager: Jessica Alltop
Master Carpenter: Gary Michael
Scenic Painting: Teresa Ross
Costumes: Mandi Chiaro
Properties Designer: Jessica Alltop
Lights/ Sound Designer/ Projections: TJ Bird
Kitchen Manager: Emily Miller
Box Office Manager: Bill Rubenstein
General Store Manager: Jane Bowers
Bookkeeper: Tom Bess
Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938
"Preludium" – Mother Abbess with Nuns
"The Sound of Music" – Maria
"Maria" – Sister Berthe, Sister Sophia, Sister Margaretta, and the Mother Abbess
"My Favorite Things" – Maria and the Mother Abbess
"My Favorite Things" (reprise 1) – Maria
"Do-Re-Mi" – Maria and the children
"Sixteen Going on Seventeen" – Rolf and Liesl
"The Lonely Goatherd" – Maria and the children
"The Lonely Goatherd" (reprise) – Gretl
"How Can Love Survive" – Max and Elsa
"The Sound of Music" (reprise) – Maria, the Captain and the children
"So Long, Farewell" – The children
"Morning Hymn" – Nuns
"Climb Ev'ry Mountain" – Mother Abbess
*There will be one fifteen minute intermission
"My Favorite Things" (reprise 2) – Maria and the children
"No Way to Stop It" – Elsa, Max and the Captain
"An Ordinary Couple" – Maria and the Captain
"Gaudeamus Domino" – Nuns
"Maria" (reprise) – Nuns
"Confitemini Domino" – Nuns
"Sixteen Going on Seventeen" (reprise) – Maria and Liesl
"Do-Re-Mi" (reprise) – Maria, the Captain, and the children ‡
"Edelweiss" – The Captain
"So Long, Farewell" (reprise) – Maria, the Captain, and the children
"Finale Ultimo" (reprise of "Climb Every Mountain") – Nuns
Ruthie is a classical crossover performer from Simpsonville, KY and currently based in NYC. She is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned degrees in both Vocal Performance and Arts Administration. Ruthie's recent engagements include "White Christmas" here at MDT, "Good and Evil..."at The Green Room 42 (M.A. Theatricals), and The Lost Colony. Much love to Mom, Dad, and Mimi and many thanks to her friends and mentors.
Caleb is from Tennessee and would like everyone to know that he has loved the friendly environment up here in Indiana. He plans to stay here for a while. The Myer’s family have been a particularly fun crew, and he is excited to work with them and express his love for theater. Please remember to thank your wait staff, and leave them a tip, they work hard!
Thomas Smith is a native of Mays Landing, New Jersey, and a graduate of
Arizona State University. Some recent credits have been Wilbur Turnblad &
Mr. Pinky in Hairspray, Bob in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical and Barrett in Titanic. He'd like to thank his mom, family, and partner, Mandi, for all of their endless love and support.
Kristina is a multi-hyphenate musical theatre artist based in NYC! She graduated in 2021 from the University of Mobile with a Masters of Arts in Musical Theatre and has performed with The Lost Colony, Endstation Theatre Company, Herschend Family Entertainment, and Blue Gate Musicals. In addition to performing, Kristina designs/builds theatrical sets and choreographs for children theaters, educational programs, and show choirs. You can follow her
adventures on instagram @swearingen_kb
Anne hails from Mid-Michigan where she lives with her husband David and two college sons, Andrew and AJ. A native of western Pennsylvania, she holds a BFA in Vocal Performance and an MS in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2022 Anne was blessed to play the roles of Jackie Davidson in Our Christmas Dinner at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, IN, Mother Superior in Nunsense with Thin Air Theater Co. at the Butte in Cripple Creek, CO and Aunt March in Little Women at Midway Theater Co in Lansing. She also hosted and co-produced the pilot episode of CREATIVE ICONS, a documentary tv show which explores the intersection of faith and art: www.creativeicons.tv
Misty is making her debut with MDT. Originally from Tennessee, she’s transitioning gently to Hillsboro with hubby, Mark, a native, to run an Airbnb and event venue. Singing since childhood, her previous experiences include playing Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta, Pirates of Penzance, Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and eight years with Metro Nashville Chorus, top 10 international sweet Adeline barbershop chorus. Misty loves to bake and nurture living things, including kids/grandkids, plants, birds, our two half–beagle dogs, a cat, and many foster/rescue pets.
Hannah is an Actor/Singer originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She has spent the last 5 years working professionally, and obtaining her BFA in Musical Theatre at The University of Tampa. Hannah would like to thank her family and current partner for their love and constant support.This will be Hannah’s debut production at Myers Dinner Theatre.
Don is thrilled to be back at Myers! He was last seen addressing World War 2 veterans as General Waverly in "White Christmas". Other favorite roles have been Eddie in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Mr. Laurence in Little Women, Grimsby in Disney's The Little Mermaid, and his favorite role of all time Noah in The Ark. Thank you for supporting live theatre in Hillsboro!
Teresa earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She sang in the IU Opera Chorus and especially loved learning from visiting choral director legend, Robert Shaw. Teresa holds a Master of Science in Music Education from Indiana State University and taught music, choir and band in several area schools. Teresa directed the vocal music for the Danville Light Opera/Danville Area Community College production of "Les Misérables" and DLO summer youth productions. Now retired from public school teaching, Teresa teaches private voice and piano lessons. She is a songwriter and active in the music ministry at the First Church of Christ in Covington. Teresa is a horse lover and a volunteer staff member for the horse camp at Hanging Rock Christian Camp. As a writer, her projects include a devotional book for horse lovers and a page on Facebook called “Word From the Porch.”
Tyler is a Millikin University alumnus with a degree in Theatre. Some of his favorite credits include The Little Mermaid (Flotsam), Songs for a New World (Featured Dancer), and Clue the Musical (Mr. Green). He would like to thank his friends and family for their unconditional love and support.
DRae is 20 years old and spends most days as “Miss DRae” in childcare services. You may have seen her as Junie B. Jones in “Junie B. Jones the Musical” or Wendy Jo in “Footloose” which were both at MDT! She would like to thank the production team, her own personal team and cast mates for all the support, and her kiddos for keeping her childlike spirit alive. Thank you for coming and enjoy the show!
Charlie was born in Branson, Missouri, (the show me state) 14 years ago. I now live In Kingman, Indiana, and am an 8th grader at Fountain Central Junior/Senior High. Previously a member of the band and drama club and now specialize in guitar and signing. I enrolled in guitar lessons and voice lessons to personalize my goals. I applied at McDonald's on the day after my 14th birthday. I was hired and work to help my mom pay for my music lessons and phone bill.
I played on the tennis team and enjoy swimming whenever possible. I also browse the internet like anyone else in my spare time while playing and singing. I love to sing Staying Alive by
BeeGees. My Plan A to be an airforce pilot and become a commercial pilot. My plan B is to focus on the music industry and performing arts, hopefully someday to be a songwriter along with learning musical instruments, like guitar and drumming. I love the beat, rhythm, and jives!
Emery is thrilled to be returning to MDT. Emery is a 9th grade Honor Student at INCA. She has performed in over 25 different shows, including several professional productions. Emery records professionally for several different well known companies and spends many hours at Air Borne Studios. She has had the opportunity to perform at many professional sporting events including the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, and NCAA. When she isn’t in a show she is busy copywriting her own songs and loves to sing and perform with her instruments. She thanks MDT, her family, friends, and coaches for all of their continued support. Enjoy the show!!
Eli is a 7th grader at Fountain Central High School. He is excited to be returning to the MDT stage having last been seen in “A Christmas Story” as Schwartz. He most recently played Lord Dunn in “Channeling Grimm '' the fall drama club performance at FCHS. His grandma loved “The Sound of Music '' and she just passed away on Jan. 18th, so he is dedicating his performances as “Kurt von Trapp '' in memory of her.
As a 10 year old girl from Westville IL, Kinley is thrilled to be making her second appearance at Myers Dinner Theatre. Her first role at the theatre was as Nancy in A Christmas Story in 2021. Kinley has also appeared in several different Danville Light Opera, Red Mask and Gregory’s Academy of the Arts plays in the Danville, IL area. She stays very active with theatre lessons, basketball, softball and volleyball. Kinley would like to thank her parents and family for their continual support.
A Westfield, Indiana fourth-grader, Greta loves spending time with friends, fostering kittens, practicing for upcoming roles, and performing! Greta’s most recent roles were Young Violet in It’s a Wonderful Life at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre and Lavender in Matilda the Musical at Tipton Community Theatre. This is her MDT debut.
This is my FIRST EVER performance, and I am so excited! I am in third grade at Covington Christian School, and I want to be an astronaut when I grow up. I want to dedicate my performance to my parents, but mostly my baby brother, Everett, who is my best friend.
Daniel is thrilled to be making his Indiana debut here at Myers!
He graduated from Western Illinois University in May of 2022 and has recently been seen in shows such as Life Could Be a Dream, Songs for a
New World, Josiah for President, and A Christmas Survival Guide.
TJ is from Decatur, IN, and graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s in Voice Performance. They have toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre, performed six seasons with the Round Barn Theatre at the former Amish Acres, and has covered many different staff and technical positions throughout their career. Myers Dinner Theatre has become their home away from home. Favorite credits include: Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Jaxson in Steeple People, Jesus in Godspell, Pap/King in Big River, Mr. Bumble in Oliver! and Willard Hewitt in Footloose! Thank you to everyone who supports their dreams.
Native to Northwest Indiana, Malcom currently lives in Delphi. He enjoys music, hiking, playing D&D and spending time with his wife and 2 dogs. He also works to create both digital content and films with Modern Travant Productions. “Many thanks to my wife for letting me chase my Dreams!”
Dion is a Chicago native with a B.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College . Myers audiences may recognize him from Queen of Bingo (Sis) and Into the Woods (Baker). Recent credits include: Mamma Mia (Harry Bright), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Frank N Furter), Sheer Madness (Tony Whitcomb), Double Wide Texas (Baby) and The Addams Family (Mal Beineke). He wishes to thank this hardworking cast and crew for all of their hard work and sharing their talent. Much love to his family, friends and especially, Serge, for all of the love and support.
Jessica is from Terre Haute, IN where she lives with her husband, Ethan, and their three cats, Coretta, Beanie Baker, and Refried. Jessica has worked on shows out at Myers Dinner Theatre since 2012. When she isn't working in theatre, she enjoys working with her house plant collection and watching cooking shows with Ethan. She would like to thank Ethan, her family, and her friends for supporting her dream of pursuing a career in theatre.
Mandi is a self-described renaissance person from Cape May, New Jersey. Their costuming credits include Falsettos, Seussical JR., Into the Woods JR., and Zombie Prom. A classically trained contralto with a background in jazz and theatre, Mandi performs in Victorian murder mystery and museum house tour shows in Cape May. Mandi would like to thank their friends, family, and most of all their partner Thomas, who makes all things feel possible, for all of their love and support. When not working on or in a production, they devote a majority of their time crafting handmade hair accessories and scarves for their small business which you can find at mandimadethat.com
Served Family Style
*Featuring homemade croutons & an original creation salad dressing of Donna's.
*One of several items on the Menu that we are known for.
*A recipe developed by Richard Myers.
*One of several items on the Menu that we are known for.
*Included with the price of the buffet.
Hot Fudge, Chocolate, Strawberry & Chocolate/Peanut Butter
Crème brûlée, Turtle & White Chocolate Raspberry
Salad Dressing, Broccoli Salad & Rolls (Dozen)
*Everyone has different dietary needs, but we want all to be able to enjoy a great show and a delicious meal. If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies, please contact us in advance and our kitchen will happily make accommodations for you.