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NDNU Teams with Castro Valley Arts Foundation to Bring "The Sound of Music" to Belmont and the East Bay

Belmont, CA, February 25, 2013 — Student and professional performers will fill hearts on both sides of the Bay with "The Sound of Music" when Notre Dame de Namur University's Department of Music and Vocal Arts and Castro Valley Arts Foundation present the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, March 1-17.

When a vivacious postulant, Maria, leaves her convent to serve as a governess, she captures the heart of the children's stern father, Captain von Trapp. But the occupation of Austria by Hitler's Third Reich forces the family to flee, culminating with a thrilling escape from the Nazis to the mountains of Switzerland. Well-known songs include "Climb Every Mountain," "My Favorite Things" and "Edelweiss."

""The Sound of Music" is known around the world for its tuneful songs and the stunning scenery of the movie," said Debra Lambert, chair of the Department of Music and Vocal Arts. "But this show has remained powerful since 1959 because it is also about things that matter to us all — finding full and meaningful lives, love and children, and having the courage to do what is right, even in the face of potentially devastating circumstances."

In an exciting collaboration with the Castro Valley Arts Foundation and Hillbarn Theatre, "The Sound of Music" will open in the NDNU Theatre and then travel across the bay to the Castro Valley Center for the Arts. This collaboration is the second joint venture between NDNU and the Castro Valley Arts Foundation. In December, a successful production of Die Fledermaus was presented to packed houses.

The musical will feature NDNU students and faculty, as well as professional performers and local community members. Dianna Shuster returns to NDNU as director, with musical director Hatem Nadim, assistant music director Jonathan Mann and choreographer Dottie Lester-White.

Performances at the NDNU Theatre, 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont, are March 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. General admission is $25, students and seniors $15. Tickets can be purchased at www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

Additional performances will be held at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road in Castro Valley, March 8, 9 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and March 10, 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. Adult admission is $29-$33, senior admission is $24-$29 and student admission is $17-$22. Tickets can be purchased at www.cvartsfoundation.org or by calling 510-889-8961.