History Theatre / TheSoundOfMusic

20th Jun '16 11:18:01 AM Divra
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** The Captain was in the Austrian Navy. But wait, isn't Austria landlocked? It was in 1939 but ''not'' in 1914, when Austria owned Croatia and had a potent navy dominating the Adriatic Sea. The Captain was one of Austria-Hungary's most illustrious World War I heroes at sea. He commanded two submarines, the U-5 and U-14, and conducted 19 war patrols during which he sank 11 enemy merchantmen, captured a French armored cruiser and an Italian submarine, and was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Military Order of Maria Theresa.

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** The Captain was in the Austrian Navy. But wait, isn't Austria landlocked? It was in 1939 but ''not'' in 1914, when Austria owned Croatia and had a potent small but well-trained and well-equipped navy dominating the Adriatic Sea. The Captain was one of Austria-Hungary's most illustrious World War I heroes at sea. He commanded two submarines, the U-5 and U-14, and conducted 19 war patrols during which he sank 11 enemy merchantmen, captured a French armored cruiser and an Italian submarine, and was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Military Order of Maria Theresa.
9th Jun '16 6:51:02 PM Josef5678
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* VoiceTypes: Maria is a soprano, but could be a mezzo, as is The Barroness and Mother Superior. The Captain is a baritone, while Max and Rolf are baritone/tenor crosses. The nuns can come in a variety of voice types, from contralto to soprano. The children have similar ranges, but the girls are technically mezzo-sopranos, while Kurt is a boy soprano and Friedrich, being 14, could be a countertenor (Yes. The voice type that has only 1 other role in musical theatre!) or a tenor with a good falsetto, but of course you need a singer whose voice doesn't crack, or even a boy soprano who is tall enough to look 14.... The only voice type that is not displayed at all is bass, assuming that Friedrich is a countertenor, because the Captain has to hit a high G above middle C inSo Long, Farewell's reprise.

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* VoiceTypes: Maria is a soprano, but could be a mezzo, as is The Barroness and Mother Superior. The Captain is a baritone, while Max and Rolf are baritone/tenor crosses. The nuns can come in a variety of voice types, from contralto to soprano. The children have similar ranges, but the girls are technically mezzo-sopranos, while Kurt is a boy soprano and Friedrich, being 14, could be a countertenor (Yes. The voice type that has only 1 other role in musical theatre!) or a tenor with a good falsetto, but of course you need a singer whose voice doesn't crack, or even a boy soprano who is tall enough to look 14.... The only voice type that is not displayed at all is bass, assuming that Friedrich is a countertenor, because the Captain has to hit a high G above middle C inSo in "So Long, Farewell's Farewell"'s reprise.
9th Jun '16 11:51:09 AM tomgsinger
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* VoiceTypes: Maria is a soprano, but could be a mezzo, as is The Barroness and Mother Superior. The Captain is a baritone, while Max and Rolf are baritone/tenor crosses. The nuns can come in a variety of voice types, from contralto to soprano. The children have similar ranges, but the girls are technically mezzo-sopranos, while Kurt is a boy soprano and Friedrich, being 14, could be a countertenor (Yes. The voice type that has only 1 other role in musical theatre!) or a tenor with a good falsetto, but of course you need a singer whose voice doesn't crack, or even a boy soprano who is tall enough to look 14.... The only voice type that is not displayed at all is bass, assuming that Friedrich is a countertenor, because the Captain has to hit a high G above middle C inSo Long, Farewell's reprise.
18th May '16 6:42:15 PM Josef5678
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* {{Bowdlerize}}: The French dub removed the renditions of "Maria" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" sung by the nuns as they thought it was sinful for nuns to be singing non-religious songs. As such only the reprisals of them were heard. And the subtitles don't show the lyrics to them. Downplayed, as only TV broadcasts were affected. The Home Video releases have these two songs dubbed.



* RealityIsUnrealistic: Captain von Trapp really did use a whistle. Not because he was a Drill Sergeant Nasty in RealLife but because he had a weak voice and his children were scattered all over a big estate.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: RealityIsUnrealistic:
** The Captain was in the Austrian Navy. But wait, isn't Austria landlocked? It was in 1939 but ''not'' in 1914, when Austria owned Croatia and had a potent navy dominating the Adriatic Sea. The Captain was one of Austria-Hungary's most illustrious World War I heroes at sea. He commanded two submarines, the U-5 and U-14, and conducted 19 war patrols during which he sank 11 enemy merchantmen, captured a French armored cruiser and an Italian submarine, and was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Military Order of Maria Theresa.
** The Maria Theresa order, by the way, is a partial example of this trope. According to legend you get ''that'' medal by succeeding [[MilitaryMaverick in defiance of orders]]. That is amusing but only partly true. The medal is for "initiative" not disobedience - said initiative ''can'' (but is not ''required to'') include initiative in disobediance of orders, extraordinary success being the justification. And it is true that such disobedience would probably lead to a court martial if the maneuver were less successful.
** The whistles were real. RL
Captain von Trapp really did use a whistle. Not because he was a Drill Sergeant Nasty in RealLife but because he had a weak voice and his children voice. He did '''not''' however drill them as if they were scattered all over in the navy. The family used the whistles to locate each other and communicate across their vast property. The whistles could be heard from one corner to the other, instead of spending hours hunting down a big estate.child. They used them as an effective method of communication up until their departure from the country.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: In reality, Georg and Maria were married in 1927, and she only grew to love him ''after'' their marriage - she ''liked'' him a lot, sure, but she had to be pressured by the Mother Superior to accept his proposal and give up her dream of being a nun. She'd had two more kids by the time they left, and would have a third in America. The 'Von Trapp Family Singers' thing started because they'd lost a lot of their savings thanks to the Nazis damaging the economy in Austria, were badly in need of funds and entered a music competition - Maria's idea (she was a very resourceful lady). When they escaped, they simply got on a train to Italy, since through a quirk of changing territory the family could claim Italian citizenship. The depiction of Georg von Trapp as a stern disciplinarian annoyed his wife, as he was the exact opposite in real life - it was ''Maria'' who was the strict one, while ''he'' taught the children music. (She did, however, adore Creator/ChristopherPlummer.) Of all the exaggerations of their lives, Maria commented in her memoirs that the only thing they didn't go far enough on was her behavior at the convent. She always laughingly commented when asked if she was that bad, "I was worse!"

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory
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In reality, Georg and Maria were married in 1927, and she only grew to love him ''after'' their marriage - she ''liked'' him a lot, sure, but she had to be pressured by the Mother Superior to accept his proposal and give up her dream of being a nun. She'd had borne two more other kids by the time they left, and would have a third in America. The 'Von Trapp Family Singers' thing started because they'd lost a lot of their savings thanks to the Nazis damaging the economy in Austria, were badly in need of funds and entered a music competition - Maria's idea (she was a very resourceful lady). When they escaped, left. Not only that, but they simply got on a train to Italy, since through Italy.
** It's
a quirk fact of changing territory local legend that after the family could claim Italian citizenship. stage musical was written, anytime it was performed within a couple hours' drive of Stowe, Vermont, Maria von Trapp ''would'' attend opening night.
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The depiction of Georg von Trapp as a stern disciplinarian annoyed his wife, as he was the exact opposite in real life - it life--it was ''Maria'' Maria who was the strict one, while ''he'' taught the children music. one. (She did, however, adore Creator/ChristopherPlummer.) Christopher Plummer.)
** In the movie, Georg quickly decides to reject the offer of a Captaincy in the Kriegsmarine and leave Austria as soon as possible. He actually anguished over the decision for a while. Technology had made such big strides since UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, plus he had spent two decades as a sea-captain without a sea but was still a U-boat warrior at heart, that the offer to command a modern submarine was very, very tempting to him.
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Of all the exaggerations of their lives, Maria commented in her memoirs that the only thing they didn't go far enough on was her behavior at the convent. She always laughingly commented when asked if she was that bad, "I was worse!"
18th May '16 5:41:35 PM Josef5678
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** The Catholic Church was never officially segregated, because racial segregation would have meant schism, which the Church had sought to avoid ever since the late Roman period. Any segregation that ''would'' take place would be halfway, with, say, blacks and whites worshiping at Mass together but seated in pews on different sides of the aisle. That said, Austria, unlike most other western European countries, never had an overseas empire, let alone one in Africa, so a black nun is still ''extremely'' unlikely [[FridgeHorror And once the Nazis roll in...]].
*** As a purely practical matter the Reverend Mother sings the showstopper "Climb Every Mountain" solo so any sensible director has to cast the biggest, most operatic voice available, especially nowadays when nuns have become so exotic audiences would probably accept a blue one.
*** Ethnic self-segregation ''was'' practiced or at least allowed by the Catholic Church. Upon arrival in Vermont, the Von Trapps would likely have faced a choice of joining an [[TheIrishDiaspora Irish]], Italian or [[UsefulNotes/{{Quebec}} French (Canadian)]] parish.



* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: "Since you've obviously stuffed yourselves on ''thousands'' of delicious berries, you can't be hungry anymore...so I'll have to tell Frau Schmidt to ''skip'' your dinner." (The Captain)
** He revokes it pretty quickly, though. You can tell he didn't buy the berry story for a second.

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* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Subverted. Von Trapp tells the children that they won't have supper after [[BlatantLies they tell him they ate strawberries]] when they tried to see Maria. He revokes it pretty quickly, though. You can tell he didn't buy the berry story for a second.
--> '''Von Trapp''':
"Since you've obviously stuffed yourselves on ''thousands'' of delicious berries, you can't be hungry anymore...so I'll have to tell Frau Schmidt to ''skip'' your dinner." (The Captain)
** He revokes it pretty quickly, though. You can tell he didn't buy the berry story for a second.
18th May '16 5:36:31 PM Josef5678
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* LoveTriangle: The Captain, Maria and the Baroness, [[TriangRelations Type 7]].

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* LoveTriangle: The Captain, who is in love with both Maria and the Baroness, [[TriangRelations Type 7]].who in turn are both in love with him.



* StepfordSmiler: In the film, the Captain is a Type A Smiler when Maria leaves. He cheerfully explains Maria's departure to the children, then immediately asks [[RomanticFalseLead the Baroness]] for a drink of [[DrowningMySorrows "lemonade"]].

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* StepfordSmiler: In the film, the Captain is a Type A depressed Smiler when Maria leaves. He cheerfully explains Maria's departure to the children, then immediately asks [[RomanticFalseLead the Baroness]] for a drink of [[DrowningMySorrows "lemonade"]].
18th May '16 5:32:16 PM Josef5678
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* WorldWarII: Austria's incorporation into the Third Reich is generally accepted by historians as the start of the countdown to the war in Europe.
18th May '16 5:14:55 PM Josef5678
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Captain Von Trapp

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Captain Von TrappTrapp is a very strict father, but knows what's best for them, and found a way for them to escape to Switzerland.



* OfficerAndAGentleman: Captain von Trapp

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* OfficerAndAGentleman: Captain von TrappTrapp, who was formerly a sea captain.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: In reality, Georg and Maria were married in 1927, and she only grew to love him ''after'' their marriage - she ''liked'' him a lot, sure, but she had to be pressured by the Mother Superior to accept his proposal and give up her dream of being a nun. She'd had two more kids by the time they left, and would have a third in America. The 'Von Trapp Family Singers' thing started because they'd lost a lot of their savings thanks to the Nazis damaging the economy in Austria, were badly in need of funds and entered a music competition - Maria's idea (she was a very resourceful lady). When they escaped, they simply got on a train to Italy, since through a quirk of changing territory the family could claim Italian citizenship. The depiction of Georg von Trapp as a stern disciplinarian annoyed his wife, as he was the exact opposite in real life - it was ''Maria'' who was the strict one, while ''he'' taught the children music. (She did, however, adore ChristopherPlummer.) Of all the exaggerations of their lives, Maria commented in her memoirs that the only thing they didn't go far enough on was her behavior at the convent. She always laughingly commented when asked if she was that bad, "I was worse!"
* VillainyFreeVillain: The Baroness is shown to genuinely love Von Trapp and her jealousy is mostly justified. Nonetheless, the children in the film despise her after Maria leaves despite her efforts to be motherly towards them. Sure, she inspired Maria to leave, and planned to send the children to a boarding school, but the alternative was to live with a woman her husband loved more than her and seven children who hated her.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: In reality, Georg and Maria were married in 1927, and she only grew to love him ''after'' their marriage - she ''liked'' him a lot, sure, but she had to be pressured by the Mother Superior to accept his proposal and give up her dream of being a nun. She'd had two more kids by the time they left, and would have a third in America. The 'Von Trapp Family Singers' thing started because they'd lost a lot of their savings thanks to the Nazis damaging the economy in Austria, were badly in need of funds and entered a music competition - Maria's idea (she was a very resourceful lady). When they escaped, they simply got on a train to Italy, since through a quirk of changing territory the family could claim Italian citizenship. The depiction of Georg von Trapp as a stern disciplinarian annoyed his wife, as he was the exact opposite in real life - it was ''Maria'' who was the strict one, while ''he'' taught the children music. (She did, however, adore ChristopherPlummer.Creator/ChristopherPlummer.) Of all the exaggerations of their lives, Maria commented in her memoirs that the only thing they didn't go far enough on was her behavior at the convent. She always laughingly commented when asked if she was that bad, "I was worse!"
* VillainyFreeVillain: The Baroness is shown to genuinely love Von Trapp and her jealousy is mostly justified. Nonetheless, Nevertheless, the children in the film despise her after Maria leaves despite her efforts to be motherly towards them. Sure, she inspired Maria to leave, and planned to send the children to a boarding school, but the alternative was to live with a woman her husband loved more than her and seven children who hated her.
28th Apr '16 7:14:28 AM TheRhapsodianTourist
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''The Sound of Music'' is the famous musical by Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein, based on the story of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_the_Trapp_Family_Singers the Trapp Family Singers]]''. The musical was inspired by an earlier, now largely forgotten German movie adaptation of the book and was made into a movie in 1965, with Creator/JulieAndrews as Maria and Creator/ChristopherPlummer as the Captain. In 1991, the book was again independently adapted in [[{{Anime}}/TrappFamilyStory a 40 episode anime]] as part of the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' series. A live broadcast of the original stage production starring Music/CarrieUnderwood and [[TrueBlood Stephen Moyer]] aired on Creator/{{NBC}} in 2013, the first live television presentation of a musical since Rodgers and Hammerstein's ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'' in 1957.

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''The Sound of Music'' is the famous musical by Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein, based on the story of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_the_Trapp_Family_Singers the Trapp Family Singers]]''. The musical was inspired by an earlier, now largely forgotten German movie adaptation of the book and was made into a movie in 1965, with Creator/JulieAndrews as Maria and Creator/ChristopherPlummer as the Captain. In 1991, the book was again independently adapted in [[{{Anime}}/TrappFamilyStory [[Anime/TrappFamilyStory a 40 episode anime]] as part of the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' series. A live broadcast of the original stage production starring Music/CarrieUnderwood and [[TrueBlood Stephen Moyer]] aired on Creator/{{NBC}} in 2013, the first live television presentation of a musical since Rodgers and Hammerstein's ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'' in 1957.
28th Apr '16 7:12:10 AM TheRhapsodianTourist
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''The Sound of Music'' is the famous musical by Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein, based on the story of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_the_Trapp_Family_Singers the Trapp Family Singers]]''. The musical was inspired by an earlier, now largely forgotten German movie adaptation of the book and was made into a movie in 1965, with Creator/JulieAndrews as Maria and Creator/ChristopherPlummer as the Captain. In 1991 the book was again independently adapted in a 40 episode {{Anime}} as part of the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' series. A live broadcast of the original stage production starring Music/CarrieUnderwood and [[TrueBlood Stephen Moyer]] aired on Creator/{{NBC}} in 2013, the first live television presentation of a musical since Rodgers and Hammerstein's ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'' in 1957.

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''The Sound of Music'' is the famous musical by Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein, based on the story of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_the_Trapp_Family_Singers the Trapp Family Singers]]''. The musical was inspired by an earlier, now largely forgotten German movie adaptation of the book and was made into a movie in 1965, with Creator/JulieAndrews as Maria and Creator/ChristopherPlummer as the Captain. In 1991 1991, the book was again independently adapted in [[{{Anime}}/TrappFamilyStory a 40 episode {{Anime}} anime]] as part of the ''Anime/WorldMasterpieceTheater'' series. A live broadcast of the original stage production starring Music/CarrieUnderwood and [[TrueBlood Stephen Moyer]] aired on Creator/{{NBC}} in 2013, the first live television presentation of a musical since Rodgers and Hammerstein's ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'' in 1957.
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