For his 14th production at Tuacahn, Threlfall and his cast — which includes BYU alums — take a different approach to “The Sound of Music”
BYU professor Tim Threlfall takes the stage at Tuacahn in St. George, Utah as director for the 14th time in his interpretation of “The Sound of Music.” Alongside Threlfall are several BYU theatre and media arts graduates, including Alicia Shumway and Dallyn Bayles.
Threlfall began directing at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in 1999 — the first year of Tuacahn’s “Broadway in the Desert.” Since then, Tuacahn has grown to include a high school for the performing arts and a seven-month, four-show season with an annual budget of approximately $15 million.
While Threlfall has directed many other classics at Tuacahn, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Grease,” this is the first time he has repeated a show on the St. George stage. However, this production of “The Sound of Music” will be different from what audience members saw nearly 18 years ago.
In Threlfall’s first production of “The Sound of Music” at Tuacahn, he adapted much from the iconic film. Due to stricter intellectual property laws, however, that adaptation was no longer permitted. For the 2019 production, Threlfall focused on using the full script from the Broadway show, which opened 60 years ago. In order to accurately portray the 1959 version, Threlfall spent countless hours researching the original Broadway show and the history of the von Trapp family.
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