The Sound of Music: Memories and the Magic of a Classic

By: Lyric Opera Staff

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Do you remember the first time you saw The Sound of Music? For some, it was the classic 1965 film at a movie theater. Maybe it was in the living room of your grandparents' house, or on a roll-out television in your elementary school classroom.

The Sound of Music has an enduring charm that transcends generations. Its timeless themes of love, family, and the pursuit of one's dreams resonate with viewers of all ages, evoking a shared sense of nostalgia for the simplicity and beauty of life's most cherished moments. Regardless of when we first experienced this masterpiece, the iconic songs and unforgettable characters create a connection that makes us all feel like children again.

I grew up on this film, so I honestly can’t remember the first time I saw it, but I can remember a very memorable time. I was nine or ten, and I was home from school with pneumonia. I was miserable and thought that watching movies would help. Nothing did until my sisters came home and sang along to The Sound of Music with me. It helped me remember my favorite things, and then I didn’t feel so bad.

– Grace

I saw The Sound of Music at the Drive In in Salina, KS in about…1966? Then, of course, my family and I bought the LP and sang the songs around the house, and watched it on TV every year – sort of like watching The Wizard of Oz. Then, my senior year of high school, my sister and I were in the show together, and Mom made the “curtain” costumes. Such a great memory. Can't wait for LOKC's production!

– Linda Ade Brand

I'll always think of my grandpa when I hear or see The Sound of Music! When I was 8 or 9 years old, I was visiting my grandparents' for the weekend and my grandpa insisted I watch The Sound of Music with him. My grandparents had just gone on a trip to Austria, to tour Salzburg and the surrounding areas; the entire time we were watching, he was telling me little details and anecdotes about the locations on the screen as he was singing along. I loved the movie so much that I stole their DVD and kept it for myself!

They are planning on making the trip from Nebraska to attend the Lyric Opera production of The Sound of Music this November. I'm looking forward to seeing the story with my grandpa again, after all these years!

– Emily Stott

I saw The Sound of Music with my mother and older brother when it opened in Kansas City, MO, at The Uptown movie theater! I was almost 10 years old. I remember that the outside line wrapped around the building and all along the long, side wall. This whole movie-going experience for me was magical. I grew up to be a singing actress/performer who had the pleasure and privilege of performing Maria on stage. It was such a loving, positive experience and I am still in communication with that director and one of my stage “children!”🥰

– Suzie (Ackin) Sutton

When I was a little girl, I watched The Sound of Music in rotation with South Pacific, Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, Singin’ In The Rain, and other wonderful classic musicals. I adored Julie Andrews and desperately wanted to sound just like her. This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to play Maria and live out my Julie Andrews dream!

– Anonymous

My parents took me to a movie palace in San Jose during the movie’s first run, because they had seen it the night before and wanted to see it again. I was too young for it, but it is one of my earliest memories. I was only 4 years old, and it was my first film in a movie theater. It was a grand movie palace, the kind that doesn’t exist anymore, and we sat in the balcony.

– Dale D. Dalenberg

Make new memories and experience The Sound of Music this November.