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February 28, 2013

Families share spotlight in 'Sound of Music'

A Newburyport father and daughter are helping to bring the story of a beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to life.

Local theater professional and former Firehouse director John Budzyna and his daughter, Maggie, are among several local actors participating in the Community House of Hamilton and Wenham production of “The Sound of Music,” which tells the story of Maria, a failing postulant who “unwittingly melts the heart of the strict Captain Von Trapp by managing to control his unruly brood with kindness instead of staccato whistle signals” during the 1938 anschluss of Austria, when Nazi Germany sought to gain control of the country.

The show opens this weekend and continues March 8 to March 10. There will be eight performances in total.

Budzyna is performing the role of Herr Zeller and Maggie has the part of Marta, one of Captain Von Trapp’s children.

In addition, the cast includes Chloe Hershensen of Newbury, who plays the role of a nun, and Amesbury sisters Carly Gendell, who plays Gretl, and Haley Gendell, who has the role of Louisa.

The show opens tomorrow night at 7:30 at The Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road Route 1A, Hamilton. Additional performances include Saturdays, March 2 and 9, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundays, March 3 and 10, at 3 p.m. and Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online www.communityhouse.org or by phone at 978-468-4818 ext. 10. Purchased in advance, tickets are $18 adults, $13 children. Call for reserved seating. Tickets at the door will be sold for $20 for adults and $15 for children.

Meet Nancy Kerrigan tonight

Olympic silver medalist and Stoneham native Nancy Kerrigan will visit Amesbury Sports Park tonight. While warm temperatures caused organizers to cancel a public skate, the famous skater will still meet with the public and sign autographs.

Kerrigan, who lives in Lynnfield, will be at the park from 4 to 6 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a new children’s book to donate to the Amesbury Lions Club book drive. The program is sponsored by the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce.

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