As the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall performing arts department prepares for their performance of this year’s Winter Musical, the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music
, a focus has been put on some of the newest additions to the Barn Theater
. From the lights, to backstage, all of these additions are bringing a new excitement to this year’s Winter Musical.
“In the last year, we’ve added a lot of changes to the Barn Theater, and really created a great performing space for ourselves,” said Performing Arts Teacher and Musical Director, John Schnelle. “We’ve painted the whole thing black, we built up the stage, and we now have a scrim curtain which raises and lowers.”
The new scrim offers many uses for performing arts department, including being used as a semi-transparent screen for the new rear projections system. By projecting images into the scrim, many different sets can be created from photos, without having to paint each set by hand.
“This projection system gives us the opportunity to create any set that we need,” said Stage Manager Chloe Briskin ’14. “We’re using this in The Sound of Music to project everything from mountains to street scenes, and the great thing is that it takes about one second to change them.”
In addition to the new technology, this Winter Musical production will also include a raised stage, a new lighting system, and more hand-built sets created by CH-CH students than any play before.
“We built everything from a pit, to walls, to a platform that has to hold up to seven people at a time,” said Head Carpenter Stephen Ellias '13. “We even used paper mache and chicken wire to make stone walls; it’s going to be a very full set.”
All of these new additions, along with the talent and endless hours of work by the CH-CH students, will make for a powerful production of a story that has enjoyed over 50 years of performances worldwide. Come see the story of the von Trapp family, the unforgettable songs, and work of the CH-CH performing arts department in the CH-CH performing arts department’s Winter Musical, The Sound of Music.
Shows begin at 7:00 p.m. on February 20th, 21st, and 22nd, admission is free, and a reception for the cast and crew, along with family and friends, will be held after the performance on February 22nd.