Dr. Patrick Chappell, assistant professor of physiology, and Kelley Marchbanks, director of development, beat out dozens of hopefuls to land the starring roles in the Majestic Theater production of the Sound of Music. Chappell will play Captain VonTrapp and Marchbanks will play Maria.
Marchbanks has performed many times in community theater, including Sound of Music where she met her husband. She won the Miss Missouri talent contest and recently placed third in the Oregon State Fair singing competition.
Chappell did some musical theater in high school and college, and had a role in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Majestic “a long time ago.” He wasn’t planning to audition for this role, but while escorting his son to try-outs, decided to give it a shot. “I didn’t even follow the rules,” he says. “I was supposed to be prepared and provide sheet music, but I just sang whatever came to mind. They asked me which part I was auditioning for and I said ‘I don’t know, how about the dude who is my age?'” He was very surprised when they cast him.
Sound of Music begins November 7th with matinee and evening performances throughout the month of November. Tickets go on sale October 2nd. For more information, visit the Majestic Theater website.