TNCC Presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘The Sound of Music’

Published: June 7, 2012

Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Department of Performing Arts and TNCC Players will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium (MTCA), Templin Hall, on the Hampton campus. Performances will take place June 15-17 and June 22-24 at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. Sundays.

TNCC’s Department of Performing Arts and TNCC Players present three productions annually. The upcoming musical is the College’s largest production to date with more than 50 cast members, including students, faculty, staff and members of the community. “Our cast [is] really talented and we’re just so proud of them. They do amazing work, and I think the audience is going to be in for a real treat,” said Michael Sundblad, Chair of TNCC’s Department of Music and Performing Arts.

Made famous by the Broadway musical and 1965 film, “The Sound of Music” chronicles the journey of Maria, a rebellious nun, and the Von Trapp family, a widowed captain and his seven children. After attempting to change the rules at the convent, Maria is urged to leave the convent to work as a governess for the Von Trapps.

After tasting her own freedom, the free-spirited nun uses music and outings to free the Von Trapp children from their heavily-disciplined lives. Thanks to Maria, the children experience the real joys of childhood and grow closer to their father. That’s not the only relationship that grows. The captain’s feelings for Maria grow as well despite his existing romantic relationship with someone else.

TNCC student Katie Pelletier stars as Maria in the show, and was thrilled to be chosen for the lead role in the musical. “Music is my life. It is very important to me, so being able to get to do musical theater while I’m [at Thomas Nelson] and [having] that opportunity is so exciting,” she said.

Thomas Nelson will introduce degree programs in music and theater in fall 2012. The curriculum will include courses in acting, stagecraft, music appreciation, music theory and more. “We stand to be a leader for college/community performing arts in the region,” Sundblad said.

The new degree program is perfect for Pelletier. After believing a career in singing was unrealistic, she enrolled at TNCC with plans to become an English teacher. Joining TNCC’s choir under Sundblad’s direction restored her aspirations for a career in music. “It was like everything fell into place… and I realized that I can’t spend the rest of my life doing anything else,” she said.

Sarah Hatton, a former TNCC student, does not have plans for a career in performing arts, but loves to participate in TNCC’s productions. She will portray Sister Berthe in the show. “[Participating in TNCC’s musicals] is just kind of tradition for me, and I love it. I love the directors. I love the school. I love coming back,” Hatton said.

Jacqueline Blackwell, a TNCC Assistant Professor of English, stars as Mother Abbess in the musical. Blackwell says she doesn’t have an extensive acting background and is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside such talented individuals. She is confident that the audience will be impressed as well. “This is going to be familiar, but it’s going to be different. One of the things that strikes me about this production is that it’s so diverse and inclusive, and that’s going to be important for this community,” she said.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students, seniors and military (with I.D.). Tickets are available online at and will be sold at the door. For more information, please call 825-2779.


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