The Sound of Music Youth Play

On 5.4.2024 I assisted in The Sound Of Music Youth Play by Providing over 13+ Mics on a 16 track mixer. Talk about lots of work! The play was hosted by Aurora Finnegan. We did a similar setup last year but this year was a bit different on the audio. I had her provide me the play’s script as well as we labeled each MIC to control the madness :-). It worked out much better for setup time and providing that excellent audio.

In the realm of theatrical performances, few productions possess the enduring charm and timeless appeal of “The Sound of Music.” Adapted from the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and immortalized by the iconic 1965 film, this heartwarming tale of love, resilience, and the power of music continues to captivate audiences of all ages. Yet, it is perhaps in the hands of youthful performers that the magic truly comes alive, as demonstrated in a recent rendition hosted by a passionate team led by Aurora Finnegan.

The stage was set, the audience hushed with anticipation as the curtains rose to reveal a scene straight out of a storybook. Against a backdrop of rolling hills and azure skies, a talented ensemble of young actors and musicians embarked on a journey that would leave an indelible mark on all who bore witness.

From the very first notes of the overture, it was clear that this was no ordinary production. Led by a team of dedicated mentors and supported by state-of-the-art audio technology—thanks to the diligent efforts of capturing the event with over 13 audio mics—the youthful cast breathed new life into familiar melodies, infusing each refrain with passion and vitality.

Under the guidance of Aurora Finnegan and her team, the young performers rose to the occasion with aplomb, delivering performances that belied their years. From the spirited antics of the von Trapp children to the stirring solos of Maria and Captain von Trapp, every moment was imbued with a sense of authenticity and sincerity that resonated with the audience.

But it was not just the technical prowess of the actors and musicians that dazzled spectators; it was their palpable enthusiasm and sheer joy in the act of creation that truly stole the show. Whether belting out show-stopping numbers like “Do-Re-Mi” or tenderly serenading each other with “Edelweiss,” the cast poured their hearts and souls into every word, every gesture, creating a tapestry of sound and emotion that enveloped the theater in a warm embrace.

For Victoria Finnegan and Jason Finnegan, proud parents of Aurora (Host) and Aaron (Captain von Trapp), the experience was nothing short of magical. As they watched their children take to the stage with confidence and grace, they couldn’t help but swell with pride, knowing that they had played a part in nurturing their love of the arts.

As the final curtain fell and the last strains of music faded into the ether, there was a sense of bittersweet satisfaction in the air. The journey may have reached its conclusion, but the memories forged on stage would endure long after the applause had faded away.

Indeed, “The Sound of Music” youth play had left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of witnessing it. Through the talent, dedication, and sheer exuberance of its young performers, it had reminded us of the transformative power of music and the importance of nurturing the next generation of artists.

As Aurora and her team can attest, the future of theater is in good hands, thanks to the passion and creativity of young talents like those showcased in this unforgettable production. And while the hills may not be alive with the sound of music forever, the echoes of this magical performance will continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of all who were touched by its brilliance.

Cesar Ramirez (DJ C-Zer & Audio Engineer). Shoutout to Luke M. for assisting me on the music portion of the play while I focused on the Mic levels.