In a 1998 interview in The New York Times, Johannes von Trapp, then 59 and the youngest member of the immortalized von Trapp family, finally had his say, "Sound of Music simplifies everything. I think perhaps reality is at the same time less glamorous but more interesting than the myth."
The Sound of Music, the final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, was based on a 1949 autobiographical book written by Maria Von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. But when Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse adapted the book into a hit Broadway musical--and subsequently, the musical was adapted into a movie starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer--a few of the facts got jumbled.
There were little things--like the fact that there were really 10 von Trapp rascals not seven, and that their names and sexes were changed. Then there were bigger things--like the fact that Georg Ludwig von Trapp was not really a music-abhorring curmudgeon and that his family didn't really flee Austria for Switzerland through the mountains on the eve of WWII with Nazis hot on their heels. In reality, they legally boarded a train to Italy, where they then arranged to travel to America as a family band--The Trapp Family Singers.
But historical inaccuracies aside, The Sound of Music has gone on to become one of the most popular movies of all time, with a collection of memorable songs more catchy than nursery rhymes--just try to sing the line "Doe, a deer" without launching into the rest of the song. On Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., the Music Theatre of Idaho, the resident theater company of the Nampa Civic Center, will perform The Sound of Music for eager audiences.
Friday, Feb. 19, and Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, and Feb. 27, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $16 adult, $15 seniors, $14 children, $20 door, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-2385, mtionline.org.