The Sound of Music Comes Alive at the Aronoff Center

Do you have a special childhood memory from watching The Sound of Music? This musical is not only one of my favorite things; but it holds a very precious place in my heart.  My grandpa (a huge Rodgers & Hammerstein fan) introduced this musical to me, and we spent many afternoons singing, eating popcorn and snuggling. Now, as an adult, I am blessed to be able to share this musical and create new memories with my daughter. And what better way to experience The Sound of Music than live at the Aronoff Center for the Arts?

From now until Sunday, October 9, The Sound of Music comes alive at the Aronoff Center, and the production is absolutely enchanting. My husband, daughter, a friend and I attended Opening Night to an audience of multiple generations. The level of excitement in the crowd was contagious. Then as the lights dimmed, the orchestra began to play, the curtain rose and the Abbey nuns sang “Halleluiah,” the audience was instantly transported to 1938 Salzburg, Austria where we all fell in love with Maria and the Von Trapps.


The production was highly entertaining — and kept two third graders focused the entire time. The sound-of-music-1actors portrayed their characters perfectly. But as most children do, the Von Trapp children completely stole the show and our hearts. The love story between the Captain and Maria was heartfelt; and it was funny to watch my daughter and her friend close their eyes during a romantic kissing scene… while most women in the audience (including me) swooned.

But the memory that I will take away from this performance was not on stage, but sitting next to me. Two little girls entranced in the show, lip syncing to every song. Between those sweet girls singing and the emotional ending as the Von Trapp family flees to Switzerland, tears were streaming down my face as the ensemble gathered on stage for their final bow.

Then as a special final treat, the Aronoff Center provided all patrons with a great parting gift: Holtman’s apple strudel donut holes. Nothing better than a ride home eating fresh donuts!

When attending a performance at the Aronoff with children, here is some advice:
  • *There are plenty of parking garages very close to the Aronoff that take cash and credit card.
  • *The Aronoff provides free booster seats for your little ones. (Many times, you may be seated behind someone taller; and it’s no fun to miss out on any stage action.)
  • *Audience members are allowed to eat and drink during the performance. This helps many children get through longer shows!
  • *Food and beverages are sold in the lobby… we love the chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows at Divine’s European Chocolates (Cash Only).
  • *Nightly performances are good for grade school children and upbut it will be a late night. I suggest afternoon weekend shows for smaller children.


The Sound of Music is a very family friendly musical that people of all ages and generations will love. There are still tickets available to start making new memories with your children. Contact the Cincinnati Arts Association to purchase tickets now!

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About Ainslie:

Ainslie Gordon is a St. Louis, Missouri native and graduate of the University of Missouri’s Journalism School. Her career has focused on advertising, public relations and event planning. In 2011, Ainslie and her family moved to Cincinnati; and she became a stay-at-mom and founder of the blog, Modhousewife.

Additionally, she was a fashion/trends contributor on Fox 19 and Fox 2. Currently, Ainslie is the Marketing Director for Game On! Fitness. She is also a Girl Scout leader and enjoys volunteering throughout the community.

She lives with her husband and daughter in West Chester and loves all things Disney. You can find Ainslie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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