Buying tickets for GECA’s ‘Sound of usic’ will be different

The Greater Escambia Council for the Arts will present “The Sound of Music” in late August. Every show will most likely be a sellout. With that in mind, the GECA board voted to change the way we do business for the upcoming show … and it may carry over to future shows.

The most recent production, “The Beverly Hillbillies,” was a runaway success and all shows, except maybe one, were a sellout. Of course, not everyone who went to the theater had a reservation, but the GECA folks did their best to accommodate everyone who came, although some had to be turned away.

Through the years, folks have become accustomed to making reservations close to the date they want to attend a show, or just coming without a reservation or ticket. If the show is not sold out, that’s not a problem. However, when attendance is high, it is a problem.

GECA, as are all community theaters, is subject to guidelines. One of the guidelines for “The Sound of Music” is the number of people in the theater for each show. This is limited to 110 per show at our theater – not one more.

For a number of years, Atmore News has been the GECA ticket and reservation outlet, however, we are not selling tickets or taking reservations at Atmore News for “The Sound of Music.”

Tickets go on sale Monday, August 2, through the GECA website, www.gecarts.org, and may be purchased by credit or debit card. A counter on the website will keep track of the number of tickets sold and will not allow more than 110 to be sold for any show.

If you’re not comfortable with buying tickets online, the box office at the theater will be open Monday, August 2, and Monday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day, for anyone who would like to purchase tickets in person. When purchasing in person, you may still use a credit or debit card.

All tickets for this show are $15. No discounts apply.

Shows are Friday through Sunday, August 20-22, and Thursday through Sunday, August 26-29.

It should be noted that in presenting “The Sound of Music,” GECA is reviving their first ever production.

The cast

Maria Von Trap – Ellen Johnson

Captain Von Trap – Andrew Willis

Mother Abbess – Laura Trejo

The Von Trap children

* Liesl – Amanda Miller

* Frederick – Trevor Miller

* Louisa – Jasmina Stahly / Leah Miller

* Kurt – Hudson Brown / Jack Trejo

* Brigitta – Savannah Gilmore / Tori Strength

* Marta – Jordan Overton / Lexi Strength

* Gretel – Coleena Garcia / Charlotte Trejo

Rolf – Justus Zundel

Max Detweiler – Andrew Goble

Elsa Shraeder – Melissa Seales

Sister Berthe – Sharon Poulsen

Sister Margaretta – Mary Beachy

Sister Sophia – Carol Hochstetler

Sister Agatha – Joanna Jernigan

Sister Bernice – Alyiah Torres

New Postulant – Elizabeth Mitchell

Franz – Jerry Stahly

Frau Schmidt – Katherine Eby

Herr Zeller – Jerry Janes

Baron Elberfeld – Jim Hochstetler

Admiral von Schreiber – Andrew Barrow

Ursula – Josey Garner

Frauline Schweiger – Priscilla Eby

Nuns Chorus – Melissa Seales, Autumn Kennell, Alana Shelley, Wanetta McGinty, Mary Bailey, Leslie Garner, Samantha Hummel, Abi Mascaro, Hannah Mascaro, Peggy Sunday, Paula Freeman, Sonya Miller, Rosanna Mast, Fern Utz, LaVonne Swindle, Priscilla Eby

Children’s Chorus – Abbie Trejo, Jenna Kennell, Emma Mast, Josey Garner, Mary Bailey, Alana Shelley

Nazis – Daniel Overton, Micah Mast, Tyler Miller

The crew

Director – Phil Johnson

Assistant Director – Sharon Poulsen

Children’s Music Director – Ellen Johnson

Accompanist – Shea Johnson

Stage Manager – Isabel Allen

Tech – Joseph Seltzer

Costumes – Judy Huber