published Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Classic 'Sound of Music' to tune up Tivoli

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    Greg Glover as Capt. Georg von Trapp is surrounded by his children in “The Sound of Music,” which is set for three performances today and Saturday at the Tivoli Theatre.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.


* What: "The Sound of Music."

* When: 7:30 p.m. today, March 21; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

* Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.

* Admission: $20-$28.50, plus convenience fees.

* Phone: 423-642-8497.

* Website:

J.C. Smith didn't exactly hate "The Sound of Music" when he was convinced to mount it for his Closed Door Entertainment production company at the Colonnade in 2008, but he certainly wasn't wild about the stage production.

"By the time the show ended," he said, "I had fallen so in love with the story."

Flash-forward five years, and Closed Door Entertainment is bringing the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to the Tivoli Theatre for three shows this weekend.

The production tells the somewhat factual story of Georg and Maria von Trapp, the latter who initially was a postulant at an abbey near Salzburg, Austria.

Maria, who arrives to be governess at the home of the decorated, widowed captain in the Austro-Hungarian navy, learns to love his seven children. He, in turn, falls in love and marries her just as their country falls under the domination of Nazi Germany.

The show contains such songs as the traditional Christmas favorite "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and "Do-Re-Mi."

The 1965 movie starring Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews was a box-office blockbuster.

Since the previous production "left a special place" in Smith's heart, it "set a rather high bar for the show this time," he said. "That has pushed us to reach for the next level."

Portraying his Capt. von Trapp is Greg Glover, the WRCB-TV anchor who has done a number of musical shows at area theaters.

"I'm so pleased to have Greg on board," Smith said, "especially for his talent. Whenever we've worked with big names, [where they have brought star power as well as talent,] we've been very, very fortunate. They've been just as talented as they are a celebrity."

The production has a cast of 31 and a costuming, set-building and backstage crew of a dozen or so.

Smith said he hopes people will come, take in the majesty of the Tivoli and experience a "story that never seems to get old."

Contact staff writer Clint Cooper at or 423-757-6497. Subscribe to his posts online at

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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