The Sound of Music cast

The Sound of Music cast list

Maria Rainer- Rebecca Hartman

The Mother Abbess- Lacey Tucker

Sister Berthe- Angela Conley

Sister Margaretta- Elizabeth Youde

Sister Sophia-Molly R. Brandt

Captain Georg von Trapp- Carlton Ryker

Franz- Ben Misplon

Frau Schmidt- Hope Morrison       

Liesl –Lauren Hanson

Friedrich – Kai Moser

Louisa –Hailey Cox

Kurt –Emmett Morrison

Brigitta-Gracie Fay Petersen

Marta –Ellie Barnes

Gretl – Haddie Dailey

Rolf Gruber– Thomas Whitcomb

Elsa Schraeder-Julia Harris

Ursula-McLain Thornquist

Max Detweiler- Phil Bartruff

Herr Zeller- Don Cox

Baron Elberfeld-Roger Scruggs

Baroness Elberfeld– Heather Higgins

Frau Zeller- Tiffany Bushilla

A New postulant- Riley Ford

Admiral von Schreiber– Rick Johnson

 Nuns and Neighbors of von Trapps, Contestants

Bridget Trebon
Ella House
Reese Sheldahl
Skylar Shields
McLain Thornquist
Tiffany Bushilla
Riley Ford
Heather Higgins

U/S Brigitta/Marta/Gretl- Eisley Bushilla, Gracie Fay Petersen


Production Staff

Director-Trace Turner
Musical Director-Marc Vincent
Production Stage Manager – Amanda Costinette
Costume Designer-Claire Peterson
Lighting Designer-Haley Snyder
Props Designer-Mary Gegenhuber
Technical Director-Paige O’Neill 


Ellie Barnes (Marta von Trapp)

Ellie Barnes is super excited to be making her stage debut at Grandstreet Theatre! She has done one year of Grandstreet’s Theatre School and has had a blast. Ellie has taken creative movement, tap, jazz, gymnastics and is currently a green belt in karate from Helena Martial Arts Academy. She wants to be a police woman when she grows up. Ellie would like to thank her family for their love and support.

Phil Bartruff (Max Detweiler)

Phil is happy to be part of this summers GST shows. Having graduated from college (a long time ago) with a BFA in theatre, this reminds him why that was his degree of choice. There is nothing better than live theater. Thank you GST and thank you Helena for supporting this fabulous place. Love to my biggest supporters Hays, Lang and Macaul

Molly R. Brandt (Sister Sophia)

Molly R. Brandt is a born and raised Helenan. Recently graduated from Capital High School, Molly plans to pursue a BFA in musical theatre from the University of Montana, as well as an English Literature degree to pursue teaching. Her most recent shows include Matilda, Frozen Jr., Sister Act, and Treasure Island. Molly would like to thank her family, friends, and theatre family for their neverending love and support.

Eisley Bushilla (Understudy - Brigitta von Trapp)

Eisley Bushilla is beyond excited to be making her debut on the Grandstreet stage in the Sound of Music!  She loves Grandstreet summer theatre camp, singing and dancing.  She is a 4th grader at Smith
School where she has been in MCT productions for the past 3 years. Her recent roles were “mean kid” and snowflake in Nutcracker on the Rocks.

Tiffany Bushilla (Frau Zeller)

Tiffany Bushilla loves everything Grandstreet from acting on the stage, to volunteering and teaching for the 4th summer in Beanie camp.Tiffany has been in a variety of recent productions in Helenaincluding Nutcracker on the Rocks, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Full Monty.  She is a Toddler Montessori teacher at Mountainside Montessori where she enjoys sharing her love of singing, dancing and creating.She is thrilled to share the stage with her daughter Eisley!

Angela Conley (Sister Berthe)

Angela is a Helena native and is excited to return back to the stage after a decade hiatus.  She is an active member of the Helena Symphony Chorale and currently works with the Helena Public Schools as a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Previous roles have included: chorus member in selected Opera scenes, chorus member in Handel’s Semele, chorus member in My Fair Lady, “Fruma Sarah” in Fiddler on the Roof, and various Grandstreet Theatre Christmas shows

Don Cox (Herr Zeller)

Don Cox is excited for the opportunity to be a villain for a change.  He previously appeared in Elf The Musical Jr. as Santa Claus and in Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory as Grandpa Joe. As always, Don would like to thank his wife (Vickie) and daughter (Hailey) for encouraging him to continue on stage.

Hailey Cox (Louisa von Trapp)

Hailey is ecstatic to be performing as Louisa von Trapp! She discovered her love for theater in 2nd grade and has never looked back!  She truly loves being on stage and all the wonderful people at Grandstreet. Favorite roles include Olaf understudy/ensemble (Frozen Jr.), Veruca Salt (Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), Young Nala (Lion King Jr.), and Small Alice (Alice in Wonderland Jr.).  As always, Hailey would like to thank her amazing dog, Dakota!

Haddie Dailey (Gretl von Trapp)

Haddie Dailey is an 8 year old student at Montana City School. She loves her acting class at Grandstreet.  She was most recently seen as a member of the “Oaken Family” for Grandstreet’s Frozen,Jr. She was also “Tambourine the Dwarf” for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a “skunk” for Robin Hood, and a “silkworm” for The Emperor’s New Clothes (Missoula Children’s Theater).

Riley Ford (New postulant and ensemble)

Riley Ford is very excited for her role in The Sound of Music. Her most recent roles include ensamble in Freaky Friday and the housekeeper in Frozen,Jr. Riley participated in her fourth year of the Junior Theater Festival as an ensemble member in The Little Mermaid Jr. and is a rising junior  in Grandstreet’s Theatre School. She would like to thank Marianne for pushing her to her limits; and her family for always supporting her no matter what.

Lauren Hanson (Liesl von Trapp)

Lauren Hanson, a recent graduate of Capital High and Grandstreet Theatre school, is beyond excited to be spending another summer with her favorite people. Her recent credits include Anna (Frozen Jr.), Wendy Jo (Footloose), and Jojo (Newsies). Lauren would like to thank her family and friends, her amazing cast and crew, and Grandstreet for helping raise her into the person she is today

Julia Harris (Elsa Schraeder)

Julia has been enjoying the role of ‘new mom’ and is thrilled to be back on the Grandstreet stage! She is an adjunct theatre instructor at Carroll College, and also a certified yoga instructor. Blessed by many opportunities in Helena theatre, favorites include Venus in Fur (Helena Theatre Co.), Juliet (MT Shakespeare Co.), The 39 Steps, and Peter and the Starcatcher (Grandstreet Theatre). Huge thanks to Nick and the boys, and to all the babysitters!

Rebecca Hartman (Maria Rainer)

Rebecca Hartman is delighted to be making her Grandstreet debut as Maria in The Sound Of Music. Recently, Rebecca was seen as Bebe in A Chorus Line at Stages Staint Louis, the Mary Poppins understudy at Variety Theatre, The Witch in Into The Woods, and Eponine in Les Miserables. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster University. She is immensely appreciative of Peter and Melissa Hartman, and her sister Elizabeth.

Heather Higgins (Baroness Elberfeld)

Sound of Music is Heather’s introduction to the stage.  She is thrilled to be performing with such a talented group!  When not on stage she is a 4th grade teacher with Helena Schools and a busy mom and wife.  She would like to thank Grandstreet Theatre for this amazing opportunity.  Also, a shout out to her family who pushed her to step out of her box!

Ella House (ensemble)

Ella House is incredibly excited to get to join Grandstreet for another summer of fun. Ella is a graduated senior, and plans on attending Webster University in the fall, studying art with a focus in illustration. Past show credits include a Snowflake in Frozen Jr, a Ensemble in Sister Act, as well as Jim Hawkins in Treasure island. “Much love to the people who push me to be better every day!”

Rick Johnson (Admiral von Schreiber)

Benjamin Misplon (Franz)

Benjamin Misplon is so excited to return home again to his favorite place, the Grandstreet stage. Benjamin received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University and now lives in St, Louis Missouri. Benjamin’s favorite roles include; Joey in Sister Act, Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher, and Hanschen in Spring Awakening. Ben would like to thank his friends and family for their support!

Kai Moser (Friedrich von Trapp)

Kai Moser is a rising freshman at HHS this fall and loves performing at Grandstreet.  Previous roles include Curtis in Wildwood and Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka.  On a recent trip to Austria with his family, he took a bike tour around Salzburg to visit locations from The Sound of Music film and saw a marionette production of the musical.  He is thrilled to be part of this show and hopes you enjoy it.

Emmett Morrison (Kurt von Trapp)

Emmett Morrison is thrilled to be playing the role of Kurt. He is ten years old and has been doing Grandstreet shows for three years, including Elf, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, and Frozen Jr. Emmett loves to take Grandstreet classes, play soccer, ski, and sing high notes. He would like to thank his mom and dad for supporting him and loving him through this whole process

Hope Morrison (Frau Schmidt)

Hope Morrison often jokes that the only reason she wasn’t a Grandstreet kid is because she grew up 1500 miles too far east. Since moving to Helena in 2017, she has served Grandstreet as a costume designer/stitcher, carpool mom, and board member, but this show marks her first time on stage since 1995. Hope is especially excited to share this experience with her younger son Emmett and wants to thank her family for their love and support.

Gracie Fay Petersen (Brigitta von Trapp)

Gracie Fay Petersen is going into 6th grade at Helena Middle School and is a student at Grandstreet Theatre School. Previous roles on the Grandstreet stage include Sally Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas,  Mac and Enver in Wildwood, Matilda in Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and Mort in Madagascar-A Musical Adventure JR. “Thanks to my Mom, Dad, my dog Polly Pocket, and to Sarah Butts, Retta Leaphart, Gretchen Mundinger, and Marianne Adams.”

Carlton Ryker (Captain Georg von Trapp)

Carlton Ryker is an actor based in Los Angeles, California.  Born and raised in Kansas, he graduated with a BA in Musical Theatre from Wichita State University.  Carlton is extremely excited to return to Grandstreet and Helena, MT for his third summer in a row. Past credits include roles such as; Mike in Freaky Friday, Curtis in Sister Act, Bud in Bridges of Madison County, Bill in Mamma Mia, and The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors.(Psalm 3:30)

Roger Scruggs (Baron Elberfeld)

Roger returns to Grandstreet Theatre after being away for over twenty years. Since last appearing as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Roger has worked as an artistic director, technical director, and stage manager for the Palace Theatre and Auditions Youth Performing Arts in NH, the Broadway Kids and “When Pigs Fly” in NYC. He has been teaching High School Theatre and English in NH and FL until joining the English Department at Helena HS this year. “It’s good to finally be back home!”

Reese Sheldahl (ensemble)

Reese Sheldahl is very excited to be working with Grandstreet Theatre again! Appearing on the GST stage in Treasure Island and Sister Act. Recently graduated from Capital High School, where he was apart of many productions such as The Music Man, Figaro, and Moon Over Buffalo, Reese is looking forward to able to share the stories of Freaky Friday and The Sound of Music. “Many thanks to my family and supportive teachers!”

Skylar Shields (ensemble)

Skylar is extremely excited to be involved in this legendary show. After his last role as Parker in Freaky Friday his summer is going to be full of music and learning experiences.He would like to thank both of his parents for their support, Laura Brayko for teaching him so much, and all of his friends for their love and support.

McLain Thornquist (Ursula/ensemble)

McLain is a soon-to-be college freshman, at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. She is planning on studying psychology with a minor in theatre arts. Her recent Grandstreet roles include Townsperson/Hidden Folk in Frozen Jr., Ensemble in Footloose, and Phineous Trout in Willy Wonka. McLain would like to give a big thank you to her family, friends and castmates for the constant support.

Bridget Trebon (ensemble)

Bridget Trebon is excited to be back in Helena at Grandstreet! She has been coming to Summer Theatre School, thanks to her grandparents, for six years and is excited for Conservatory. Recently, back in Maryland, she has been in You’re… Charlie Brown, Newsies, and Hair and participates in Adventure Theatre’s Pre-Professional Company. She would love to thank the cast and creative team and her supportive family and friends.

Lacey Tucker (The Mother Abbess)

Lacey Tucker is thrilled to be in Helena for the summer. A New York-based actor, she was most recently seen in readings of the new musicals 57 Bus and My Father’s Play. Regionally, favorite roles include Martha in The Secret Garden, Doatsey Mae in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, and Theresa in Italian American Reconciliation. Dog fanatic and proud mom to a rescue named Henry Hudson. IG: laceyetucker and online at

Thomas Whitcomb (Rolf Gruber)

Thomas Whitcomb (Rolf Gruber) is a native of Danville, Indiana. His select credits include: Crazy for You (Bobby Child) Grease (Doody), A Chorus Line (Mike), Gypsy (Yonkers, u/s Tulsa), Hairspray (Fender), Holiday World Theme Park (Swing). He is heading into his senior year as a BFA musical theatre at Ball State University. Thomas would like to send much love and thanks to his mom, family, friends, cast, crew, teachers and mentors, and God for his talents. IG: @_thomas.whitcomb_

Elizabeth Youde (Sister Margaretta)

Local actor and traveler Ellie Youde attributes her talents to an early exposure to fine art. She would like to thank her Montanan family, Oregonian family, and International family for supporting her nose-dive into this field. Some of her previous work includes singing for a jazz band, assistant directing a theatre program, worship leadership, costume design and providing therapeutic art in the outpatient clinic of a children’s hospital.

Trace Turner (Director)

Trace Turner is a NYC-based director making his first visit to Grandstreet this season. Previous directing and choreography credits include Next To Normal, Every Brilliant Thing, Photograph 51, Constellations. As a playwright Trace recently had his one man show, I Knew Him Well, produced in Austin, Texas that he also performed in as well as a staged reading of his play The Black Seagull about the Empress Sissi of Austria.

Marc Vincent (Musical Director)

Aamanda Costinette (Production Stage Manager)

Amanda is a recent graduate of Carroll College where she stage managed shows for the past two seasons. She is thankful for the opportunity that Grandstreet gave her for her first stage management gig. She would also like to thank her parents for all their support.

Claire Peterson (Costume Designer)

Haley Snyder (Lighting Designer)

Mary Gegenhuber (Props Designer)

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