The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook

When I caught myself reverently removing my copy of The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook from its mailing carton, I knew I’d made no mistake in the purchase.

The luscious soft scrapbook-like cover enhanced my belief that I was holding something very personal and special.

The book is a collection of stories, rare photos and memorabilia from the seven actors who played the von Trapp children in perhaps the most beloved film musicals of all time, “The Sound of Music.”

Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Kym Karath have teamed with writer Fred Bronson to create this one-of-a-kind gem that should be a part of the collection of any true “Sound of Music” fan.

Each actor contributes recollections of their experience during the making of the movie, from auditions to the months-long rehearsals and filming. The magic of Spring and Summer 1964 that went into creating the film treasure is fully in evidence.

Readers experience a rare inside look at the personal lives of the actors and some little-known facts about the film are revealed pertaining to key, memorable scenes.

The “My Favorite Things” segment, where the von Trapp children gather in Maria’s room during a thunderstorm? This cozy and heartwarming scene was the first one shot featuring all the children. It’s hard to believe it, since they seemed like a real family, which is a testament to their acting ability.

The famous boat scene, where the seven children and Maria arrive by boat after an outing and are surprised to see their father and his houseguest, the Baroness? There are many secrets to be revealed here, including how one cast member narrowly avoided drowning during filming.

One of my favorite aspects of the book is the inclusion of bits of memorabilia tucked into special “pockets” of the scrapbook: holiday cards, telegrams, thank you notes, art work, autograph book pages, call sheets, script pages, plane tickets and notebook entries. These are all duplicates, of course, but they are so well done that you’d swear you and you alone are holding the original items.

And an extra bonus is a DVD of home movies shot during the filming — candid and posed. They are silent, as befits the mid-1960’s. But they offer a wonderful, further glimpse into the scenes behind the scenes.

The book captures a magical time filming a magical movie. Many times, after reading a book, it’s typical to pass it along to a friend. But in this case, it just might be too personal – too precious – an experience to let go of it. What a fantastic gift idea, though, for those “Sound of Music” fans you know.

Published by Carlton Books Ltd. 93 pages

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