PCDS performs ‘The Sound of Music’ to Hollywood legend Dee Dee Wood

Phoenix Country Day School students performing "The Sound of Music" (submitted photo)

Phoenix Country Day School students performing “The Sound of Music” (submitted photo)

Phoenix Country Day School’s annual spring musical had a special meaning for one of the members of its audience this year. In attendance at a recent performance of the school’s spring musical, “The Sound of Music,” was Ms. Dee Dee Wood—the Hollywood legend who choreographed the 1965 film adaptation of the play, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

The PCDS performance of “The Sound of Music” featured upper and middle school students starring in the classic play, and was directed by PCDS Director of Theatre Arts Keith Burns, and featured choreography by Hilary “Tink” Hirsch and vocal instruction from PCDS choir teacher Lisa Zima, according to a press release.

Dee Dee Wood, second from right, with others. (submitted photo)

Dee Dee Wood, second from right, with other theater-goers. (submitted photo)

The opportunity to perform in front of the very choreographer responsible for the film classic was not lost on the PCDS student actors.

“It was intense—Mr. Burns let us know Ms. Wood was going to be in the audience on the night of our final performance about 30 minutes before showtime. It meant that the show had to be that much greater because not only would she be there, but it was also the final performance for a large group of seniors,” stated PCDS senior Sarah Dailey, who played the role of Maria. “It was an emotional night, but we were so proud of our closing performance, and hope she was too!”

Phoenix Country Day School is a nonprofit, private, independent day school for students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12. It emphasizes high academics and both extra and co-curricular activities, including academics, arts, and athletics.

“Actors work their entire lives for an opportunity like this, and here these kids are as fourteen to eighteen year olds with the chance to show off their hard work for Ms. Wood,” stated Director of Theatre Arts Keith Burns in the release. “This is a special group of kids, particularly the seniors who have been in multiple plays over the years.  It was a great way for them to go out on a high note.”

The school showcases multiple theater performances each year, including an upper school fall play, middle and upper school spring musical, student-directed one act plays, and an active improvisation club.

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