Sound Of Music In Rehearsals At High Desert Center For The Arts

Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victorville )-– There is a flurry of activity as the cast and crew of the “Sound of Music” rehearses for the upcoming show in the south hall of the High Desert Center for the Arts. The latest musical from Hannett/Thorn Productions opens in early September.

Many of the performers have been with Hannett/Thorn in other productions, and several are family members. This reporter had the opportunity to speak with a couple of the actors to find out how they are preparing for the show.

Nicole Rajacich plays the Baroness Elsa Schraeder.  Her first performance in a musical production was in Bye Bye Birdie earlier this year; although she has been singing on stage all of her life.  “For this show I tried out for the nun’s chorus. I was quite surprised when I got the part of the Baroness”.

Rajacich explained that she is not nervous.  She said, “To prepare for the part I went to YouTube to watch clips of the show. I’ve also seen the movie.  I try to think about what my character would be like, and I try to become her”.

When asked what she is looking forward to the most in the show, Rajacich answered, “The music.  It is my favorite part.  I love singing the songs.  The dialog is the in-between to get to the next song.  That’s why I wanted to be in the chorus – so I could sing.”

David Mancha plays Max Detweiler in this show. He was also in Bye Bye Birdie – he played Conrad Birdie.

“I’ve been singing all my life.  My family is kind of like the von Trapps.  I’ve been in choirs in college and high school, and I write music for my band, ‘Tango Kilo’,” Mancha explained. “On our first album I wrote all of the music, and I wrote about half of the music on the new album we are about to release.”

To prepare for this show Mancha said, “I’ve seen the movie about a hundred times, but I’ve been really studying the script. I have a lot of lines in this one, and I don’t want to flub them.”

Mancha says he identifies with his character because they are similar. “He’s a music guy, a music manager.  I do that for my band too. I also went on a diet for this show because my character is a sleek, stylish guy.”

When asked what he is looking forward to in the show Mancha said, “I like the camaraderie that the cast builds together.  I look forward to acting with my friends.”

Watching the rehearsals is really enticing.  It is great to watch as the actors improve and the characters are fleshed out and brought to life. It is going to be a great show and one you will certainly want to see.

Show dates are Sept 9th and 10th, 12th, 16th and 17th.

Tickets can be purchased at Tom’s Musicn DB Music, ESR Medical Spa,
and the Grumpy Golfer.

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