Marianna Ceccatti, 16, sophomore from Croton, is a musical kid. She was in the Ursuline School’s Honors Chorus that traveled to Rome in January and sang for Pope Francis.
“One of our songs, a long four-part harmony ‘Alleluia,’ we could see him tapping his toes along with the music,” Ceccatti says.
That is a pretty good endorsement.
Many of the choir’s members will be on stage this week, as nuns singing Richard Rodgers’ choir music in “The Sound of Music.”
But not Ceccatti, who plays Maria and, she says, gets “none of the nun songs.”
There are plenty of other songs for her to sing, from “Lonely Goatherd” to “My Favorite Things” to “Do-Re-Mi.”
The songs come easy to her, she says, but she’s a little nervous about missing a line in a musical that people will come in knowing every word of.
She was in the musical, as Marta, at an Adirondacks sleepaway camp when she was 11.
“We put on the show in two and a half weeks, so it was a different kind of show than this.”
The Croton teen is a musical theater kid, appearing most recently last summer in Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins,” about as far from “The Sound of Music” as you can get. She played would-be killer Sarah Jane Moore, who tried to kill President Gerald Ford.
Not sure how the pope would have responded to that show.
“The Sound of Music”—7 p.m., April 16, 17, 18—$8 advance, $10 at door.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Ursuline. Enjoy!