Queen Anne mother & daughter co-star in “The Sound of Music,” opening Sunday

Posted on May 29th, 2010 by Sara Willy

Beaven Walters is a Queen Anne resident, stay-at-home mom to two children, and a local singer and actress. Her six-year-old daughter Sophie is a kindergartner at St. Anne’s School. And this mother-daughter team will be performing together in the Kitsap Forest Theater’s production of “The Sound of Music”, produced by the Mountaineer Players, which opens this Sunday, May 30. Beaven is playing the leading role of Maria, and Sophie, in her first musical production, is cast as the youngest of the Von Trapp children, Gretl.

“Although this is Sophie’s debut show, she has been participating in dance classes since the age of 2, singing in the school choir, and taking piano lessons. Although acting and singing are her favorite parts of participating in this show, the unique outdoor theatre setting has made this little nature lover even more thrilled to be a participant,” Beaven wrote.

Beaven’s past performance credits include the role of Martha Jefferson in the Seattle Musical Theatre’s production of 1776, and regional performances with the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Northwest Savoyards, and Burien Little Theatre. This is her third time performing in “The Sound of Music,” and her second time in the lead role–but it’s her first with Sophie at her side.

“[This is] the most special due to sharing the stage with my daughter, a dream of mine that I never though could come to fruition.  I am thrilled to have this opportunity and so excited for people to get to the chance to see this exceptional cast in such a magical setting,” she wrote.

The Kitsap Forest Theater will be showing “The Sound of Music” through June 20. Productions are scheduled for this Sunday and Monday, with 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday shows over the next three weekends. For more information, or to buy tickets, check out the Kitsap Forest Theater website.

And for those interesting in catching a show, Beaven has a little advice: “Those taking the Seattle/Bremerton ferry should shoot for the 11:00 sailing to allow plenty of time for a picnic and the walk down to the theatre. Bring a low chair or cushion and dress in layers to make the experience even more enjoyable. The hills are alive!”