A Peek Behind the Scenes

This past weekend, Performing Arts Teacher Taylor Ragan ’07 led a cast and crew of Upper and Lower School students in St. Mary’s production of The Sound of Music. Based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, the show follows a lively postulant who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp. The talented cast delighted the audience for six performances, as the crowd sang along with the familiar tunes from the musical theater classic.

This production would not have been possible without the hard-working stage crew. These dedicated girls managed all of the scene changes, lighting adjustments, acoustics, and more. 

“Although the actors are front and center, the crew are the silent players that make the magic of theater come alive,” shared Ragan. 

Being part of the production crew allows students to learn new communication, time management, and leadership skills. Stage Manager Adriana McDonald ’24 said, “this experience has enabled me to learn how to effectively and kindly lead my peers through a constantly changing, fast-paced environment. I've also developed crucial communication skills, through managing each aspect of the show—from mics to quick changes.” 

Celia Poag ’24, who also served as Stage Manager, shared her gratitude for the production, saying, “this show has pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I'm beyond thankful because now I have developed everyday life skills and new friendships.” She developed a sense of independence because “as a stage manager, you have to be on top of things, and no one's going to tell you to do them. I think it's incredibly important to be able to figure out how to do things on your own,” shared Celia. 

We are thankful to the cast and crew of The Sound of Music for sharing their talent with the St. Mary’s community.

  • All-School
  • Upper School

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The stage crew the for production of The Sound of Music