The room buzzed with excitement and activity as children ages 9-18 gathered around in costume. Nuns in habits, children in sailor outfits and a bright eyed Maria played by Sasha Ferguson, all was in place to dress rehearse a Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, “The Sound of Music,” presented by Christian Youth Theatre.
The room quieted as Ferguson sang the opening song, and young eyes watched in admiration of the lead character. Ferguson said she was most excited to sing the Sound of Music because of how it flowed, she felt it captured most who Maria was. Ferguson was greeted with small high fives from fellow cast members after she finished the song.
“We all participate in different areas but, are a big community, all like a family, all very much for each other.” Ferguson said.
Nuns voices in four-part-harmonies filled the high ceiling rehearsal space at Grace United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit.
“Nuns are played by ages 9-18 and sound beautiful. Teaching the four-part-harmonies was the difficult part but the kids have it down now,” music director Lindsay James said.
The group has been rehearsing since December and represents the east or Lee’s Summit area of Christian Youth Theatre. As a whole the organization has four regions of the metro that they cover, north, south, east and west.
The children for this show are under the direction of Cody Goeppner.
“CYT is unique because it’s all about putting Christ before the show. Before the doors open to the public for each show the cast will sit around 15-20 minutes and sing worship. Everything we are about to do, singing, acting, dancing, is about God and we are giving our everything for God,” Goeppner said.
Directors take notes and carefully watch the rehearsal, pause for small corrections. James claps along to the music to keep time. With a shrill whistle Capt. Von Trapp, played by Patrick LaGue, enters the scene. LaGue said he became involved in CYT through watching his siblings perform. His fifth year in the program, he said he likes getting to know people and make new friends.
“It’s a lot of work but it’s really fun, It’s a hard character to develop, the Captain’s emotions change often with the different parts of the show.” LaGue said.
The clip clop of little feet march along through the next scene. Little Gretl jumps and announces her name. Each little one does their part to entertain to the best of their ability. A humble Maria drops to her knees in prayer for the Von Trapp family.
“The show is not just about us, it is ultimately for the Lord. It is humbling how much bigger it is then ourselves,” Ferguson said.
“The sound of music” will open March 6 and run through March 9 at Gopper Theater at Avila University, 11901 Wornall Road. Tickets may be purchased at the door or are available at a lower rate in advance, go to www.cytkc.org.