Getting To Know … The Von Trapp Kids!

SoundOfMusic_SQ_CLROn Friday, September 12th, the Waukesha Civic Theatre opened its run of The Sound of Music, the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Based on a true story, The Sound of Music opens in Austria just at the dawn of World War II, as young novitiate Maria becomes a governess for the stern and demanding Captain Von Trapp’s seven children. Through classic songs such as “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” and “Do-Re-Mi,” Maria brings music and joy to the lives of the Von Trapps.

But chances are, you already know all that. The Sound of Music is, after all, one of the most recognized and celebrated musicals of the twentieth century. What you may not know as much about are the talented young performers playing the Von Trapp children in WCT’s production.

John Cramer, the Managing Artistic Director of the Waukesha Civic Theatre, directs the production. “I love, love, love, love, love this show,” he says. When he was in eighth grade, John got the chance to play Kurt Von Trapp, an opportunity he fondly remembers as “truly one of my favorite theatrical memories out of the hundreds of shows I have been a part of. I am thrilled that I am now directing the show.”

The Kurt Von Trapp in this production is played by Jack Burns, a sixth grader at Longfellow Middle School. This is Jack’s first experience working with the Waukesha Civic Theatre, but he’s had plenty of stage experience and classes with First Stage. He is excited to see how everyone’s hard work is transformed on stage into a fantastic musical!

Another young Von Trapp, Sydney Johnson, is having a blast. Sydney plays Marta Von Trapp. Now a fourth grader at Christ the Lord Lutheran School in Brookfield, Sydney began her career at WCT playing Little Ti Mourne in Once On This Island. She is especially excited about all the fun songs in the play.

Gretl Von Trapp is played by Mara Hoffman. Mara is a sixth grader at Steffen Middle School in Mequon, and she’s been involved in the theatre since kindergarten. This is Mara’s first production with WCT, and she loves signing and acting and especially her performances with her von Trapp brothers and sisters.

Elena Cramer, a junior at Waukesha South High School, is sixteen going on seventeen as the eldest Von Trapp child, Leisel. In addition to her love of theatre, Elena has a special interest in music, art, and foreign language.

Elena’s real life brother, Jude Cramer, plays her fictional brother Freidrich Von Trapp. Last year, Jude lit up the Waukesha Civic Theatre stage as the Modern Major General in the Waukesha STEM Academy’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, Jr.

Alyssa Casarez, who previously appeared in WCT’s Dynamite Comedy, plays Louisa Von Trapp. Alyssa sings regularly at big events throughout Milwaukee, including Admirals hockey games, Bucks games, and at a youth showcase at Summerfest.

And rounding out the Von Trapp children is Brigitta, played by WCT veteran Elle Erato. Elle has been in many shows at WCT, and counts Oklahoma and last year’s The Goodbye Girl, in which she played Lucy McFadden, among her very favorites.

Now that you know a little more about the actors, come check out the Von Trapp Family Singers in The Sound of Music.

The show runs September 12th through the 28th. Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $17 for subscribers. There are also special Pay What You Can performances on Saturday, Sept. 13th and Thursday, Sept. 25th at 7:30 p.m., as well as Saturday, Sept. 27th at 2:00 p.m. Pay What You Can tickets go on sale at the box office an hour before each performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit our website: or call the box office at (262) 547-0708. Box office hours are 12-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Come make the Waukesha Civic Theatre one of your favorite things!


Posted on September 13, 2014, in Mainstage Performance, Uncategorized, Waukesha Civic Theatre and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Getting To Know … The Von Trapp Kids!.

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