Paul Ropp loves music.
The Oswego resident has lead the adult choir and hand bell choir at the Oswego Presbyterian Church for seventeen years, teaches music at Glen Crest Middle School, works with the Oswegoland Park District music classes during the summer and is now starring as Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music.
Ropp has been in musicals since the seventh grade, normally performing in at least one or two a year.
His last role was the Music Man in the Music Man through a theatre in Yorkvile… 15 years ago.
The Sound of Music is being put on by Indian Valley Theatre, a not-for-profit, community theatre group based in Sandwich that has members from all over the area.
The show will be held at the Sandwich Opera House, starting on Friday, Oct. 12.
Show times are as follows:
- Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2:00 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and can be purchased at the Indian Valley Theatre Website. Tickets will also be available for one hour before each show at the Opera House box office.
Captain Von Trapp is one of Ropp’s favorite roles he has ever played.
“It gave me a chance to try to act out several different emotions at once,” said Ropp. “At times I have to be furiously angry, and other times rapturously joyous. And then later on being in love and at the end being sad to leave my home.”
He’s most excited to perform the song “Edelweiss,” which he described as his big solo. “It’s my favorite song in the musical.”
For more information on the show and upcoming shows, visit Indian Valley Theatre.
Special thanks to Indian Valley Theatre for providing the photograph.