Casting Announced for Sound of Music-Inspired Parody The Hills Are Alive! at NYMF
By Michael Gioia
The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) and Melodion Theatre will present The Hills Are Alive!, featuring music by Eric Thomas Johnson and a book and lyrics by Frankie Johnson, July 25-26 at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.
Directed by book writer and lyricist Johnson, the cast includes Alan Wager (Capt. van Klapp), Ashley Ball (Mathilde), Dana Glaus (Bettina), Daniele Hager (Magda), Katherine Henly (Ludwiga), Jacey Powers (Gerdy), Christopher Tiernan (Felix), Maggie Wetzel (Lotte) and Becky Whitcomb (Knut).
Allison Plamondon choreographs, and composer Johnson is the production's music director.
The Hills Are Alive!, according to producers, "follows the story of a singing family who, trying to escape the Nazis, decide to cross the Alps into Switzerland. They encounter many obstacles along the way, including wild animals, strange mountain people, and sibling rivalry — all the while singing their way through any trouble. Will they survive? Set in the style of Broadway's Golden Age, this show playfully lampoons a timeless classic."
The Hills Are Alive! was presented at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival and premiered at the 2012 Westchester Square Arts Festival.
Other members of the creative team include Charlie Winter (lighting design), Jennifer Ackland (costume design), Jim Kent (set design), Becca Pickett (stage manager) and Laura Lindsay (assistant stage manager).
NYMF is the flagship program of The National Music Theater Network. Now entering its tenth year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to "revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects; nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community; and connecting one of America's greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience."
The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 W. 42nd Street. Performances will be offered July 25 at 5 PM and 9 PM and July 26 at 5 PM. For tickets, call (212)-352-3101 or visit NYMF.org. For more information, visit TheHillsAreAliveMusical.com.
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