MYAH DAVIS AT REHEARSAL FOR ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’
“The Sound of Music” is synonymous with Christmas in Myah Davis’ mind.
“‘The Sound of Music’ is my favorite musical and my favorite Christmas movie. I watch it every Christmas. Julie Andrews plays Maria who is the most beautiful character and very pleasant to see,” said Davis, an 18-year-old Greensburg native who is studying communications with a concentration in theater at Robert Morris University. The Robert Morris freshman lives in Moon.
So when Davis landed an ensemble role as a nun in Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s production of “The Sound of Music,” she jumped at the chance. This is her first production with the company.
“The Sound of Music” tells the story of Maria, a young, aspiring but quirky nun who fills the life of the Von Trapp family with joy and also captures the heart of their lonely father. Written by Rogers and Hammerstein, the award-winning musical delights audiences with its uplifting story and irresistible score with songs like “Climb Every Mountain,” Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things” and “Do-Re-Me.”
“The music is the most beautiful music that I have ever heard,” Davis said. “The nuns sing mostly in Latin and that’s not something you hear. I’m fluent in French and it was a challenge for me to get the words because we had two and a half weeks to put the show together. In high school we got three months to prepare a show. PMT takes the shortest amount of time to produce great shows. It’s a blessing to work with such great people.”
Pittsburgh Musical Theater was founded in 1990 with the vision of creating a regional musical theater company committed to quality productions with the best of Pittsburgh’s own professional musical theater talent at a price that is affordable to all, especially children and families.
As the non-profit organization progressed, the mission expanded to include a strong commitment to education, training and outreach programs through its Richard E. Rauh Conservatory for Musical Theater. General music education and appreciation programs are offered for students ages 4-18. The conservatory’s pre-college program, a highly structured, accredited program, is designed for high school students with serious aspirations for careers in the performing arts field.
“Pittsburgh Musical Theater has been known for family-friendly productions. We’ve taken some risks but when you look at everything we find that our audience is expecting family-friendly shows and we wanted to bring across ‘The Sound of Music’ in a heartfelt manner,” said Colleen Petrucci, Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s general manager and director of this show. “We’re trying to bring out the heart of the story. No matter how many times people have seen the movie or the musical they will come back and see it again.”
“I’m excited to do this,” Petrucci continued. “It’s delightful to see Maria with a personality and the nuns in the show are outstanding. They are the warmth and the honor of the show. The nuns are the first thing you see. You leave the show with chills.”
Davis said Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s rendition of the beloved musical will leave audiences happy and singing.
“The audience will walk away from this production of ‘The Sound of Music’ with a different perspective than what they got from the movie because we’ve added our own character and personalities to the roles, the music and every line of the show,” said Davis who said she drew inspiration for her role as a nun from Julie Andrews’ character. “I didn’t have much experience with nuns, but I learned from working with PMT that you have to have your own personality. I’m taking most of my direction from Colleen Petrucci who is telling us what to do and taking the nuns in the right direction. Back in World War II, the nuns were truly dedicated. They never looked in the mirror and they never went outside of their convent. The nuns of today are more free.”
“The Sound of Music” will run at the Byham Theater through Feb. 3. Tickets begin at $12 and are available by calling 412-456-6666. Groups of 10 or more should call 412-471-6930. For more information visit www.pittsburghmusicals.com.
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