Recently, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic movie musical, The Sound of Music, aired on ABC in its entirety, with limited commercial interruptions. The timeless film based on the true life story of a woman whose intention to become a nun dramatically changes when she is placed as a nanny in the home of a handsome widower with seven children.
Featuring songs that have become a nearly ubiquitous part of both movie and musical culture, the film’s star, Julie Andrews, who first debuted on Broadway at the age of 19, has four films in the pipeline for this year and next, for which her talents will be used as a voiceover performer. This, despite the fact that the talented Dame had a vocal nodule surgery mishap in 1998 that significantly damaged her 4-octave singing voice. For New England area fans eager for a dose of The Sound of Music, the von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont can provide fans with a familial connection to this more than familiar film.
Owned and operated by direct descendants of the real von Trapp family, the lodge is both a classic New England getaway, with ski trails, hiking, horse drawn carriage rides, and picturesque views, as well as a quaint connection to Austrian culture, and the family’s famous musical background. Regularly featuring sing-a-longs, the lodge also plays host to wine tastings, arts and crafts, and history tours that discuss both the similarities and differences between the factual portions of the family’s story and those events that were purely the creation of the filmmakers.
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