The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music Starting this Friday

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victorville) – The High Desert Center for the Arts will be filled with yodeling sounds from the musical score of Rodgers and Hammerstein, “the Sound of Music” starting this Friday night. Based on the story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, this familiar story is one of the most popular musicals ever to come to the stage.

After weeks of rehearsals, the cast and crew is putting the final touches on their costumes, finishing the sets, practicing timing and blocking, and making sure everything is perfect for opening night.

Hannett/Thorn, comprised of Tom Hannett and Danny Thorn, have been partners in music production for 4 years. They focus on productions that are family friendly. “You’ll never see us do something you can’t bring your 5 year old to see. Everything’s going to be family oriented. That’s our thing, our values,” said Hannett.

“Our vision is to provide high quality entertainment and really focus on the music. That’s one of the things we want to be known for is the musicality of our shows. We spare no expense when it comes to the music,” explained Hannett.

This production of “The Sound of Music” features a very talented cast. Many of the performers have been with Hannett/Thorn in other productions, and several are family members.  Tim Glisson plays Captain Georg von Trapp, Tim Ekstrand plays Franz – the butler, Mother Abbess is played by Tammy Austin, and Maria Rainer is played by Ammiel Blinsmon.

Some of the best performances come from the child actors – 16 year old Liesl von Trapp is portrayed by Krystin Rauma, 14 year old Friedrich von Trapp is played by Donald Olsen, Louisa von Trapp, age 13, played by Rebecca Hannett, 10 year old Kurt von Trapp played by Jacob Rajacich, and the Schultis sisters play the youngest characters: Sydney as Brigitta von Trapp,  Paris as Marta von Trapp, and Gretl von Trapp, the youngest, portrayed by Venice.  17 year old Rolf Gruber is played by Keith Glisson.

Hannett said, “It takes thousands of hours between us to produce a show. We both work full-time. When we get down to the last 3 weeks, when we’re building sets, its hectic. We try not to keep the actors here past 9, especially the kids, except when we do dress rehearsals.”

“We really support the arts, especially here at this theater. Our goal is to have this place full every weekend,” Danny Thorn said. “Live theater is a dying art. People spend way too much money going to the movies. We have good, quality entertainment in this theater for pretty much the same cost as it is to go to the movies.”

Located at the corner of 8th and Hesperia Road, the High Desert Center for the Arts is a great venue to enjoy a live show. “We really love this theater, it’s intimate, there’s not a bad seat in the house,” said Thorn.

The show opens this Friday, Sept 9th and runs Sept 10th, 12th, 16th and 17th.

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

For more information e-mail: or call 760-243-7493.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *