The Stage Came Alive with The Sound of Music
By Elijah Greenberg, grade 12
The HAFTR Players earn their reputation for presenting outstanding performances every year, and this year’s production, The Sound of Music, was no exception. On April 6 and 7, the Von Trapp Family took to the stage once again, and the audience response was, overwhelmingly, “WOW!”
The cast, led by Kayla Wienerkur as Maria, Julia Mann as Mother Abbess, Max Yacker as Max Detweiller, and Racheli Gottesman as Elsa, brought down the house. Each of the 32 students involved on stage, backstage, and in the booth were stars. However, these exceptional plays don’t come together overnight; everyone prepared for months to put on an amazing show.
Through late nights and long rehearsals, the cast grew as a family and as individuals. As senior Max Yacker said, “I never realized how much one person can get out of the family that drama can offer.” He added, “Also, this is the most talented cast I’ve ever worked with.”
Julia Mullayev (Anna) agreed: “Drama is awesome because it brings out a creative light from everyone who is a part of it.” Lea Lubin (nun) feels that drama is “one big family” where people “really care about each other.” That doesn’t mean that The HAFTR Players are exclusive! As Susanna Horowitz (Louisa) explained, “[A] misconception about drama is that it is super cliquey. Fact: Drama is filled with awesome people who are open to everyone who wants to join.”
To me, what makes drama meaningful is the way people leave everything at the door and come together to create something exceptional.
This play, in particular, was very special. Ever since I was a freshman, I have wanted to be in The Sound of Music, and as a senior, student director, and as Captain Von Trapp, it was truly a dream come true. My involvement in the drama performances was, by far, the highlight of my experience at HAFTR. Spending time and practicing with my friends and our brilliant director, Mrs. Jen Winkler, were some of my favorite moments during the four years I spent here. And if I had the chance to do it all again, I wouldn’t change a single thing.