By John Anderson

Lily McLaughlin plays Maria in tonight’s debut of “The Sound of Music.”

Lily McLaughlin plays Maria in tonight’s debut of “The Sound of Music.”

Tonight is the debut of the Auburn Middle School’s production of “The Sound of Music”, and this looks like another banner show for Director Karin Graves and her production team. Many reserved seats are already sold, but seats are available. Graves suggests an arrival time no later than 6:15pm for the 7:00pm performance if you need to purchase tickets.

There are many seats available for Saturday’s show. Arrive by 6:30pm for the best selection.

Lily McLaughlin plays Maria as well as Julie Andrews in middle school, and she is competently helped by Derek Brigham as Captain von Trapp and Paige Souda as Leisl, the eldest von Trapp children. All of the von Trapp’s look terrific and include Nicholas Bartoli, Emma McGrillen, Braydon Oldman, Madison Poshkus, Abby Frost, and Rachel Cervais.

Viewers who have watched the 174-minute 1965 film adaptation of the 1959 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical should know that this show has been modified for middle school performances, voices, and audiences. It has a good pace and will keep even younger people entertained.

One of the most thrilling aspects of Auburn Middle School shows is the return of high school students to help out. Many started their stage experience under the watchful eyes of Karin Graves, and some have continued to give back to a woman who is very much their mentor.

At today’s rehearsal, I observed Ed Lindem, Rebecca Bernard, Rachel Hearnlaye, Adam Cook as well as graduates Emma Furmanick and Matt Blais. Thanks, you are making a difference.