Kelsey Baron of Peekskill doesn’t lack for inspiration as would-be nun Maria in Kennedy Catholic’s production of “The Sound of Music,” running this weekend.
The sophomore, who is 16 going on 17, need only look around her to see lives of service in the Sisters of Divine Compassion serving at Kennedy.
“It’s inspiring to see them walking around,” Baron said. “Sister Barbara, who makes our costumes, is always around and that’s always fun. It’s neat.”
Baron said the fact that the audience will arrive at Kennedy already knowing nearly every note to sing is nerve-wracking in a way, but that she hopes she’ll fulfill their expectations.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic would seem almost hard-wired in the DNA of musical theater fans, with songs from “Do-Re-Mi,” “The Sound of Music” and “Climb Every Mountain.”
Caitlyn Farrell, 17, a senior from Brewster who is the assistant director and plays Sister Sophia, said she was excited when she learned director Dana Merritt’s choice for musical this year.
“‘The Sound of Music’ is one of the big musicals that everyone knows, so it’s a really big deal that we’re doing it here,” she said.
Monica Gayanelo, 16, a junior from White Plains, plays the Mother Abbess, “who helps Maria find her life and her future with the children and Capt. Von Trapp.”
In the play, as opposed to the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews, the Mother Abbess sings “My Favorite Things” with Maria.
Emily Sayegh, 17, a senior from Mahopac, plays Liesl — whose character sings “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” a light love song with Rolf the telegram boy.
Sayegh said the song is different from the nursery songs such as “Do-Re-Mi” or “Lonely Goatherd” and is accompanied by a “pretty intense” dance routine.
“There are a lot of lifts, and it’s really her maturing more,” she said.
Her Rolf is Pat Anderson, a senior wrestler who has no problem with the lifts and dance moves, she said.
Jennifer Galvao, 17, a senior from Yorktown, plays Baroness Schraeder, the woman who would be Frau von Trapp, were it not for Maria. Galvao said she understands that no one — except, perhaps, her family — will be rooting for her character to land the captain.
“I’m a pretty nice person in real life,” Galvao said. “And it’s fun. I’m trying not to play her as too big a villain. She’s an actual person and has her own goals and motivations. It’s fun to not be the hero of the story. I think she’s a really fun and interesting person.”
Tim Hebert, 17, a junior, plays Max Detweiler.
“In such a serious play, it’s really fun being the only comic relief,” he said. “Everything else is so serious, with World War II going on, and you get this guy who’s a complete joker.”
Hebert and Galvao form what Hebert calls “a dynamic duo” who get more songs in the play than in the movie, including “There’s No Way to Stop It” and “How Can Love Survive?”
“The Sound of Music,” 7 p.m., March 5, 6, 7; 3 p.m., March 8. In advance: $15; $12 seniors; $10 students. At the door: $20; $15 seniors; $12 students. 914-232-5061, ext. 226.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Kennedy Catholic. Enjoy!