When Hansen was younger, she said she didn’t realize all that goes into a successful production. “It’s a lot of hard work,” she said, “but it all comes together. It’s a team effort.”
Sarah said, “It’s kind of cool to be in it.” She said she likes playing the same role as her aunt. She is looking forward to performing, but with the constant practicing required, she will be glad when it’s done.
Retired Oneonta High School English teacher John Chamard has remained active as a director in Orpheus over the years. He was a longtime director for the high school drama club. He directed the first “Sound of
Music” for Orpheus and is glad to be doing the current production. There is a sense of history in it, he said of the upcoming production.
He is delighted that Hansen is back with her daughter. His daughter, who was also in that original production, now lives in New Jersey.
The current cast is “a very talented group that is working hard. I am pleased with the progress,” he said.
Cailtin Cook-Wightman is playing the lead role of Maria. At 31, she has been involved with Orpheus since playing a Munchkin in the “Wizard of Oz” in third grade.
She had the lead role in “Annie” in fifth grade and played Brigitta in the 1992 production of “Sound of Music.” She came back to the area in 2005 after graduating college and is an art teacher at Cooperstown.
She said she has enjoyed working with Chamard, who she had as an English teacher. As an adult: “I have more of an appreciation for the time and effort that goes into a successful production,” she said.
Her participation was made possible by a supportive husband who takes care of their two children while she practices, Cook-Wightman said. While it is too soon to say whether any of them will follow her into Orpheus productions, “I would love for them to do whatever they want to do,” she said.