2016-04-13 / Front Page

Cotton Hall to Come Alive With “The Sound of Music”

Leisl von Trapp (Anna Reichard) (left) gets a little advice from Maria (Abigail Phillips). Leisl von Trapp (Anna Reichard) (left) gets a little advice from Maria (Abigail Phillips). The Colquitt Miller Arts Council is proud to present “The Sound Of Music” at Cotton Hall, beginning April 15. “The Sound Of Music” is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaboration and has become one of their most beloved musicals since debuting on Broadway in 1959. It tells the story of Maria, a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey in Austria, the von Trapp children that she becomes a governess for, and their widower father, Captain Von Trapp. Maria brings music back into their home, and together they discover a new life of love, laughter, and song. Their happiness is disrupted when the German Nazis order Captain Von Trapp to accept a commission in their Navy, forcing them to choose whether to stay in their beloved hills of Austria and accept the Nazi rule, or to stay true to their principles and flee the country.

“The Sound Of Music” is CMAC’s second annual spring musical, following the success of last year’s “9-to-5: The Musical.” This production of “The Sound of Music” is perfect for audiences of all ages, and on Cotton Hall’s unique stage, it is sure to be unlike any other production of this popular musical that theater-goers have seen before.

“The Sound of Mu- sic” at Cotton Hall is supported in part by the Vibrant Communities Grant, awarded to the Colquitt Miller Arts Council by the Georgia Council For The Arts. The mission of GCA, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. This year, the Georgia Legislature allocated funds to GCA specifically to increase the reach of arts grants across the state. These Vibrant Communities grants are intended to fund arts programs in as many counties as possible, and CMAC was chosen to receive the grant for Miller County. According to figures from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, tourism in Miller County provided $169 in tax relief for each household in Miller County in 2014, and CMAC is an important component driving tourism here. However, earned revenue only covers about 71% of the organization’s total annual expenses. The rest must be covered by memberships, sponsorships, private donations, and grants like the Vibrant Communities grant.

“The Sound Of Music” runs April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 at Cotton Hall. Showtimes are Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 2:00 and 6:30, and Sundays at 2:00. Saturday matinee performances are sold out, but to purchase tickets for any of the other performances, please visit www.swampgravy.com, or call 229-758- 5450.

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