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PIONEER HIGH ALIVE WITH 'THE SOUND OF MUSIC'

Pioneer school officials said "The Sound of Music" will be this spring's Pioneer High School musical, from March 28 to 30.

Elwyn Roll, musical director, recently announced that the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II production has been chosen as the annual Pioneer musical.

School officials said that each year the musical involves 70 to 80 high school students and nearly as many from Pioneer's elementary and middle schools.

Roll said he settled on "The Sound of Music" after discussions with Elizabeth Wascak and Ron Tyrrell, co-directors.

"We agreed that this musical fit in well with the abilities of our students," Roll said, who added that a pit band will again be a part of the performance as it was during last year's "Annie Get Your Gun" musical.

Auditions for the musical are in January, followed by nearly three months of after-school and weekend rehearsals.

"In recent years we have raised the bar in terms of offering a high-quality production to our community," Roll said. "We feel we can continue this with 'The Sound of Music.' "

Pioneer officials said the musical was first performed on Broadway in 1959, and the 1965 movie version made a star of lead Julie Andrews. It tells of the Von Trapp family's flight from the Nazis during World War II in Austria.

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