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Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:40 pm

The Horizon Honors Performing Arts Department at Horizon Community Learning Center (HCLC) conducted its final spring performance, “The Sound of Music,” capping off the end of the school year.

Based on a true story, the production of “The Sound of Music” is the tale of the von Trapp family singers with music from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaboration.

The production was comprised of students from third grade to seniors, who worked together for the past three months.

Director Cynthia Shaheen, who has directed more than 18 shows at Horizon, said that the production mirrored the different values that Horizon instilled into its students.

“It’s a very sweet story. It has a love story, but the Broadway version is about being true to oneself, and I think that’s the message our students have gotten loud and clear,” she said. “It’s just a classic piece and the children should be exposed to really understanding the meaning behind it… I found that it was a good piece for that purpose.”

Students involved with the production attended a weekend retreat where they learned about “The Sound of Music” and learned how to put the piece into historical context.

“Even if we are doing a comedic-fun piece, but it occurs in the ’50s, we have to learn about what that era is about, why we would costume it that way and everything that goes along with it,” Shaheen said.

Senior Rob Dixon, who played Captain von Trapp, said that this production was a bitter-sweet feeling because it was his final performance at Horizon.

“We do these productions for months at a time, and it’s a great feeling to be on stage to give the audience the satisfaction of seeing this,” he said. “It’s really rewarding and at times, you really don’t want to leave. At the beginning we’re sort of a rag-tag group, and at the end we are a family that’s almost inseparable.”

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