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Donors Go Behind the Scenes of 'The Sound of Music'


Ben Davis with Kerstin Anderson and the von Trapp children in "The Sound of Music."

Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Center Theatre Group donors got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at The Sound of Music at the Ahmanson Theatre when they were invited to take a backstage tour of the production. While catching a glimpse of the quick change stations the actors use to get in and out of character in a flash and seeing a few of the show’s beautiful costumes, donors heard some fun facts about the production and the national tour from Assistant Stage Manager Alan Knight:

  • The show’s set is packed into six semi-trucks and driven from one location to the next.
  • Most of the set is comprised of flying scenery. This means that once a piece has been used and is no longer needed in the show, it is “flown” up and held above the stage for the remainder of the production.
  • Most of the props and set pieces are automated; crew members are not generally pushing sets onto the stage.
  • A special slip-resistant paint was used on the ramp that holds the von Trapp family as they escape into the mountains at the end of the show. (No falling children here!)
  • The production team is hugely talented and highly experienced.. In fact, Lighting Designer Natasha Katz currently has 16 productions running.
  • Over the next two years, this team will put on 1,000 shows around the country!

The Los Angeles engagement of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is generously supported in part by Eileen and Ken Kaplan and The Blue Ribbon.

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