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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

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Skylight Music Theatre presents its first-ever production of "The Sound of Music" Nov. 16-Dec. 31.
Skylight Music Theatre presents its first-ever production of "The Sound of Music" Nov. 16-Dec. 31.

Coming soon: "The Sound of Music"

Skylight Music Theatre is about to step up to the plate, take a practice swing or two, see a slow pitch headed its way and knock the daylights out of the ball and send it soaring over the furthest fence.

Combine the holiday season with a spectacular director and the unbridled joy and drama of "The Sound of Music" and you have a certain winner.

The story of the young lady who leaves her novitiate, falls in love, escapes the Nazis and starts a singing group of children is a warm-hearted treat for the holidays.

A director has an incredible level of impact on a production like this, and with Molly Rhode at the helm we are sure to get a graceful and careful production. She is an actor, director, singer and occasional dancer who brings an envious depth of understanding to whatever theater role she is playing.

Rhode has delivered memorable performances in Milwaukee, and teaming with the brilliance of Jamie Johns, who is the music director, singing along is sure to be a lure for this production.

The Skylight production has a cast of 63, a bewildering number for a Milwaukee play. It also features Bill Theisen as Max Detweiler in his last role as artistic director.

The play runs through Dec. 31, and ticket information is available at the website.

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