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The hills of Saluda are alive with “the Sound of Music”

Printed 2:14 pm Wednesday, November 2, 2022

The forged and crew of the Mountain Web page Theater manufacturing of the Sound of Music

Mountain Web page Theater set to carry 4 performances of beloved manufacturing


Final week, tickets went on sale for Mountain Web page Theater’s subsequent manufacturing, the Sound of Music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, which can have 4 performances over the weekends of November 26 and 27, and December 3 and 4. 


One of many extra thrilling group initiatives in Western North Carolina is in a nondescript constructing just a few miles down Mountain Web page Highway in Saluda, the place the Younger Performing Krew (YAK) and Mountain Web page Gamers have taken up residence at  Mountain Web page Theater. The theater is the brainchild of former Clemson professor and creator Corrinne Gerwe. Corrinne’s enthusiasm for the actors in her cost is barely outdone by her love and ambition for the realm’s youngsters.


Gerwe, who has a Grasp’s in Schooling and Ph.D., established Mountain Web page Theater partly due to her expertise working as a psychologist with troubled adults and her perception that youngsters launched to the humanities can use inventive shops to study to precise themselves within the current to keep away from future troubles. Mountain Web page Theater serves as an after-school program; youngsters can take part without spending a dime. 


“This can be a place for the youngsters to precise themselves; to let what’s on the within out,” Gerwe shares.  “To place it merely, after years of working with folks with issues, it’s necessary to introduce younger folks to the inventive arts to point out them there’s extra to the world than issues. There’s the world of artwork and a lot extra.” 


Corrinne has been amazed and grateful for the native help from the group and its participation. This system has had as many as 34 children at one level, and several other have not too long ago headed off to school. She offers credit score to the city of Saluda, the volunteers, the actors, and significantly Hilda Tempo, who owns the land the place the theater is situated. Hilda generously provided the constructing’s use to honor her mom, who was an lively supporter of group theater within the space. 


One of many younger actors, fourteen-year-old Alexis Gish, who performs an indignant nun within the musical, expressed a number of occasions how a lot the Theater meant to her. “The group right here is nice, and what Corrinne does for everybody is great,”  Gish mentioned. “I really like that the theater permits me to play totally different characters and discover totally different personalities. Most of all, I really like displaying folks what I’m able to and may do.” 


Director Kersten McGeary describes Mountain Web page Theater as “doing huge issues in a small theater.” Kersten has six children collaborating in YAK, three on the crew and three on the forged. She grew up within the theater however moved away from it, earlier than being beckoned again by her youngsters’s participation in this system. 


“That is our model of Sound of Music formed for the city of Saluda,” McGeary defined. “We’ve made it work for the constraints of our small theater, however we’ve been in a position to maintain the perfect of every thing, particularly the music.” 


Their veteran sound and light-weight technician, Richard Rutherford, has seen and lit numerous rooms. Rutherford provided an ideal description of Mountain Web page Theater.


“This little theater, because of the group, is doing one thing I’ve by no means seen,” Rutherford mentioned. “I discover it fascinating how the children and adults have come right here and located the dignity of inventive self-discovery and discovered to precise themselves with out concern of failure”


Mountain Web page Theater is situated at 1303 Mountain Web page Highway in Saluda. On Saturday, November 26, and Saturday, December 3, Salzburg Competition delicacies might be served at 5 p.m., with theater doorways opening at 5:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. showtime. On Sunday, November 27 and Sunday, December 4, doorways open at 12:30 p.m with showtime at 1 p.m., and Salzburg Competition delicacies might be served after the present. For tickets and extra data, go to their web site at .


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