Attending a musical rehearsal at Croton-Harmon High School has always been about seeing double.
In an effort to give as many kids as possible the opportunity to try their hand at a role, the program has a tradition of double-casting the leading parts.
Consequently, when “The Sound of Music” opens this weekend for a three-show run, there will be two Fraulein Marias, two Captain von Trapps and two Luisas. (Check them out in the Running Lines video, below, delivering the same lines.)
It’s an interesting choice, not one that a lot of schools make. In Suffern, for example, they use underclassmen understudies who are guaranteed at least one performance. Other schools cast understudies who may never get a shot to play the part, but must be ready at a moment’s notice.
But this weekend, junior Natalie Danett and senior Emeline DiCroce share the role of Maria, junior Carly Livingston and senior Shaun-Marie Murray play 16-going-on-17 Leisl, and seniors Christian Cabrera and Matteus Van der Wilden share the role of Georg von Trapp in the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic.
“The Sound of Music” — 7:30 p.m., April 24, 25; 1 p.m., April 26 — At door.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Croton-Harmon. Enjoy!