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Playing the Von Traps in the Valley View High School production of "The Sound of Music" are, from left, front row: Katrina Malaski (Brigitta), Chandler Karoscik (Marta), Amanda Walter (Gretl) Torey Mengoni (Maria) and Ian Betti (Captain von Trapp). Back row: Vicki Gillow (Liesl), Josh Pfeiffenberger (Fredrerick), Jessica Lochie (Louisa) and Adam Crimi (Kurt).

The weather isn't cooperating yet, but area high school students are thinking spring -- spring musicals that is.

The first out of the gate will be Valley View High School, where students and faculty are putting the final touches on their production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved tale of love and music in Austria on the brink of World War II.

"The goal is not only to provide quality entertainment for the Valley View community and general public, but also to teach those involved a very important life lesson," said co-director Gina Lupini Lehman.

"The substance of 'The Sound of Music' is to showcase man's ability to climb that mountain no matter how high, no matter how hard, no matter how frightful to find his dream," added Tony Nicosia, executive director of the Broadway Theater League in Scranton, who was enlisted to advise the directors. "That is what the students need to remember. Like the Von Trapps, they too live in a world that is filled with challenges, and to believe in oneself and to have the faith that God will provide, as he did for the Von Trapps, that faith will show each one of them that they, too, will find their dream."

More than 140 students are involved in the show, whether it is on stage or behind the scenes. Senior Torey Mengoni will play the lead role of Maria.

In addition to the weekend performances, the cast and crew will offer a morning performance for area school districts. A study guide is available for all educators who attend the morning performance. This year also marks the first time since 1999 that faculty and staff have been cast in the show. Nearly 40 teachers from around the district will be on stage playing nuns and soldiers.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 7, at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 1 Columbus Drive, Archbald. Tickets are $8; $5 for students, and are available at the door.

Meanwhile, Dunmore High School is at work on a production of the roaring '20s musical comedy "No, No, Nanette." Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, March 18-20, and Wednesday through Saturday, March 24-27, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8; $5 for students and seniors.

Carbondale-Area High School is at producing the musical "Beauty and the Beast." Performances are slated for Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17, at 7 p.m.

Mid Valley High School is in the early stages of a production of "Oliver!" scheduled to hit the stage Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8 at 7 p.m.