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Secondary Character Saturday: Captain Von Trapp

WHO: Captain Von Trapp

FROM: The Sound of Music

Looking Back, 1966 ~ "The Sound of Music&...

Looking Back, 1966 ~ “The Sound of Music” (Photo credit: e r j k p r u n c z y k)

By: Rodgers and Hammerstein

WHEN: Broadway debut — 1959, Movie — 1965

PROS: Honorable, Strong, Patriotic, the Captain can sing and looks great in a uniform. Under his rock hard outer shell he’s really a loving, kind man. (and he’s rich and handsome which a hero of a musical ought to be be if possible.)

Christopher Plummer at the 2007 Toronto Intern...

Christopher Plummer at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CONS: He’s an emotionally detached, elitist snob with awkward social skills.

BEST SHINING MOMENT: Singing Edelweiss at the Salzburg Music Festival.

LEAST SHINING MOMENT: Whistling for his children as if they were part of a Pavolovian experiment.

WHY I CHOOSE THE CAPTAIN: Lets face it, Captain Von Trapp is the the Mr. Darcy of the Musical world. He starts off aloof and disagreeable –the antithesis to our plucky warm, loveable Maria/Lizzie. He is so wrapped up in the  constraints of upper crust Austrian / Regency Society that he is practically mummified. He is as surprised as any one else when a scrappy, country flower of a girl helps him unwind and find his voice again.


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