Geneva is alive with “The Sound of Music”

One of the most popular movie musicals of all time, directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music, screens at The Smith Opera House as part of Classic Film Series on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 pm. Based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers, this timeless film tells the story of widowed, retired Austrian naval officer, Captain Von Trapp (Plummer) and his seven children. Von Trapp has made his Austrian home one of overly restrictive and harshly enforced discipline, one that, most unintentionally, causes his seven children to be underfed when it comes to joy and love. Maria (Andrews), a young, unfulfilled nun in an Austrian convent, is sent to be the children’s governess Through music and various outings, Maria gives the children a taste of a more fulfilling, joyous life than they have ever known, and they come to love her very dearly. The Captain grows closer to his children, too, coming to understand the value and beauty of the freedoms that Maria has given them. However, it is 1938 and Germany is marching into Austria, leaving the freedom of all Austrians to live their lives to the fullest is in danger. The Sound of Music received five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, two Golden Globes, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical. In 2001, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. This film is rated G and has a runtime of 174 minutes. Tickets are $5 general admission. The Classic Film Series continues with “The Maltese Falcon” on May 12. The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street, Geneva. Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. Phone: 315-781-5483. Email: boxoffice@thesmith.org For event listing and more information about The Smith and The Smith Center For The Arts, visit our website thesmith.org

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