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73711618 the Sound of Music Script

73711618 the Sound of Music Script

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The Sound of Music FADE IN EXT.

THE AUSTRIAN ALPS - DAY - HELICOPTER SHOTS The screen glows an eerie blue, then fills with swirling white mists. We fly through the misty cloud and emerge over a craggy, snow-draped mountain range. The massive, forbidding peaks stretch to the horizon, then disappear behind more dense mist. The white fog gives way to silky sheets of snow covering a mountainside. We fly over a sheer rock face. Hundreds of feet below a river runs through a grassy valley like a glistening white ribbon. The snow-covered Alps give way to gently rolling hills and lush forests. Birds whistle. We fly out from behind a hillside and over a broad lake, glittering in the brightening sunshine. MUSIC sneaks in. We fly over a clear glassy lake that mirrors a huge mountain beside it and the blue sky above. Then over a magnificent green valley nestled among the hills. In the valley below, the roofs of a small town lie clustered together around a church and its steeple. Now, we glide over elegant, lakeside castles and mansions with acres of emerald green farmland. We fly toward a sunny alpine meadow where a young woman with short blonde hair strolls through the grass, swinging her arms in a carefree stride. She wears black shoes and stockings and a gray smocked apron over a black dress.

Her name is Maria. As we close in on her rapidly, she spreads her arms and twirls in a joyful spin. MARIA (sings) The hills are alive with the sound of music With songs they have sung for a thousand years The hills fill my heart with the sound of music My heart wants to sing every song it hears My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds that rise from the lake to the trees My heart wants to sigh like a chime that flies from a church on a breeze She runs to a brook and skips stones in it. MARIA (sings) To laugh like a brook when it trips and falls over stones on its way To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray I go to the hills when my heart is lonely I know I will hear what I've heard before My heart will be blessed with the sound of music And I'll sing once more Church bells toll in the distance. Maria's dreamy smile fades and becomes a confused frown. With sudden realization, she puts a hand to her head and gallops across the field. She stops, searches for something, and spots a black wimple headpiece lying in the grass. MARIA Ohhhh! She snatches it up, then dashes off. MAIN TITLE SEQUENCE - VIEWS OF SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

A title reads: "Salzburg, Austria in the last Golden Days of the Thirties" INT. THE ABBEY - DAY Nuns in black habits and novices wearing smocked gray aprons walk calmly across a cobblestone courtyard. Carrying Bibles, they file into a chapel decorated with richly colored stained glass windows and stone sculptures. The women chant in Latin: "Dixit dominus" -- followed by a "Morning Hymn" and "Alleluia." Kneeling at the altar with two sisters the Reverend Mother raises her gently lined face to an artistic rendering of the Madonna and Child and clasps her white-gloved hands in prayer. The other sisters kneel in the pews. Black hood-like wimples, lined with pleated cloth frame their faces and cover their hair. Frail, elderly nuns kneel side by side with youthful novices in meditation and prayer. Church bells ring. The Reverend Mother rises to her feet, turns to the congregation of sisters and crosses herself. OUTSIDE THE CHAPEL - LATER The Reverend Mother walks with two sisters: SISTER BERTHE, the Mistress of Novices who would probably enjoy using a ruler on your knuckles and SISTER MARGARETTA, the Mistress of Postulants, who probably will one day be made a saint. A young nun approaches. SISTER BERNICE Reverend Mother? MOTHER ABBESS Sister Bernice? SISTER BERNICE I simply cannot find her. MOTHER ABBESS Maria?

I suggest you look in someplace unusual. SISTER MARGARETTA After all. in all of the usual places.. some of the time. SISTER BERTHE Perhaps we should have put a cowbell around her neck.. we were speculating about the qualifications of some of our postulants. er. Maria? SISTER CATHERINE She's a wonderful girl . Sister Catherine. The three nuns cross the courtyard.. Sister Berthe. The Mistress of Novices and the Mistress of Postulants were trying to help me by expressing opposite points of view. MOTHER ABBESS Sister Bernice. children.. staring at them. what do you think of . Mother Abbess sees several nuns gathered. SISTER BERTHE Well. MOTHER ABBESS I always try to keep faith in my doubts. the wool of a black sheep is just as warm.. Tell me. SISTER BERTHE We are not talking about sheep.. considering that it's Maria. puzzled. SISTER MARGARETTA Have you tried the barn? You know how much she adores the animals. MOTHER ABBESS Sister Agatha? . SISTER BERNICE I have looked everywhere. MOTHER ABBESS (to the other nuns) .SISTER BERNICE She's missing from the Abbey again. Sister Bernice nods and walks away. I hope this new infraction ends whatever doubts you may still have about Maria's future here. Reverend Mother. black or white. Of all the candidates for the novitiate I would say that Maria is the least likely-MOTHER ABBESS (chides them) Children. Sister Margaretta.

But she always seems to be in trouble.. uh. doesn't she? SISTER BERTHE Exactly what I say! (sings) She climbs a tree and scrapes her knee Her dress has got a tear SISTER SOPHIA (sings) She waltzes on her way to Mass And whistles on the stair SISTER BERTHE (sings) And underneath her wimple She has curlers in her hair SISTER CATHERINE (sings) I've even heard her singing in the Abbey SISTER AGATHA (sings) She's always late for chapel SISTER SOPHIA (sings) But her penitence is real SISTER BERTHE (sings) She's always late for everything SISTER CATHERINE (sings) Except for every meal SISTER BERTHE (sings) I hate to have to say it But I very firmly feel SISTERS BERTHE AGATHA SOPHIA CATHERINE (sings) Maria's not an asset to the Abbey SISTER MARGARETTA (sings) I'd like to say a word in her behalf MOTHER ABBESS (spoken) Then say it. except when it's. I love her very dearly. SISTER MARGARETTA (sings) Maria makes me laugh Sister Berthe scowls. Sister Margaretta. Sister Sophia? SISTER SOPHIA Oh. MOTHER ABBESS And you.. MOTHER ABBESS (sings) . Reverend Mother smiles.SISTER AGATHA It's very easy to like Maria . difficult.

THE SINGING NUNS .How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? SISTER Maria? SISTER SISTER SISTER MARGARETTA (sings) How do you find a word that means CATHERINE (sings) A flibbertijibbet! SOPHIA (sings) A will-o'-the wisp! BERTHE (sings) A clown! MOTHER ABBESS (sings) Many a thing you know you'd like to tell her Many a thing she ought to understand SISTER BERTHE (sings) But how do you make her stay And listen to all you say? MOTHER ABBESS (sings) How do you keep a wave upon the sand? SISTER MARGARETTA (sings) Oh. how do you solve a problem like Maria? MOTHER ABBESS (sings) How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand? SISTER SOPHIA (sings) When I'm with her I'm confused Out of focus and bemused And I never know exactly where I am SISTER AGATHA (sings) Unpredictable as weather SISTER CATHERINE (sings) She's as flighty as a feather SISTER MARGARETTA (sings) She's a darling! SISTER BERTHE (sings) She's a demon! SISTER MARGARETTA (sings) She's a lamb! SISTER SOPHIA (sings) She'd outpester any pest Drive a hornet from its nest SISTER AGATHA (sings) She can throw a whirling dervish out of whirl SISTER MARGARETTA (sings)She is gentle! She is wild! SISTER CATHERINE (sings)She's a riddle! She's a child! SISTER BERTHE (sings)She's a headache! SISTER MARGARETTA (sings)She's an angel! MOTHER ABBESS (sings) She's a girl! The nuns press their hands together and gaze heavenward.

SISTER MARGARETTA You may go in now. snatches a handful of water from a nearby pump and gulps it down. Sister Margaretta emerges from an office. Maria steps into . She meets their startled gaze. Sister Margaretta smiles and squeezes her arm in encouragement. she tears past the nuns and stops dead in her tracks.How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? How do you find a word that means Maria? A flibbertijibbet! SISTER MARGARETTA A will-o'-the wisp! SISTER BERTHE A clown! THE SINGING NUNS Many a thing you know you'd like to tell her Many a thing she ought to understand MOTHER ABBESS (sings) But how do you make her stay SISTER BERTHE (sings) And listen to all you say? SISTER MARGARETTA (sings) How do you keep a wave upon the sand? THE SINGING NUNS Oh.. Then rolls her eyes to Heaven helplessly and walks away. CORRIDOR . how do you solve a problem like Maria? A door slams. THE REVEREND MOTHER'S OFFICE Maria shuts the door behind her. Maria gulps nervously.. . THE SINGING NUNS How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand? DISSOLVE TO: INT. running. Footsteps.LATER Maria waits in the dark. wimple in hand. Then. Maria races headlong into the courtyard. austere hallway. Maria.

MOTHER ABBESS If it'd make you feel better. And the And the Untersberg kept leading me higher and higher as though it wanted me to go right through the clouds with it. I was singing out there today without permission. I'd see the sisters at work and I'd hear them sing on their way to vespers. my child. I just had to be a part of it. please. do let me ask for forgiveness.. . I'm so sorry. suppose darkness had come and you were lost? MARIA Oh. MOTHER ABBESS Now. MARIA Yes. Maria hurries over to the Abbess who sits behind a large desk. I would come down the mountain and climb a tree and look over into your garden. Reverend Mother. MOTHER ABBESS Maria. sit down. Which brings me to another transgression. the sky was so blue today and everything was so green and fragrant. Mother. It was the mountain that led me to you. Oh. I just couldn't help myself. MOTHER ABBESS Child. The gates were open and the hills were beckoning and before I-MOTHER ABBESS Maria. MARIA Oh . She kneels and quickly kisses the Reverend Mother's hand. Reverend Mother. you see. I haven't summoned you here for apologies. I was brought up on it. That's my mountain. it is only here in the Abbey that we have rules about postulants singing. MOTHER ABBESS Oh? MARIA When I was a child.MOTHER ABBESS Come here. MARIA Oh. I could never be lost up there. Well. Mother..

to do it wholeheartedly. MOTHER ABBESS Maria . Mother! Please don't do that! Don't send me away! This is where I belong... my child? MARIA To find out what is the will of God and . MOTHER ABBESS Maria. I've taken to kissing the floor when I see her coming -..just to save time. The Reverend Mother stands up decisively. everything and anything I think and feel. Maria. Reverend Mother. it seems to be the will of God that you leave us. I am. MARIA Leave?! MOTHER ABBESS Only for a while. no. that didn't necessarily mean that you were prepared for the way we live here. but I. MOTHER ABBESS And what is the most important lesson you have learned here. I can't seem to stop saying things. And what's worse. MOTHER ABBESS Some people would call that honesty. but it's terrible. You know how Sister Berthe always makes me kiss the floor after we've had a disagreement? Well. It's my home. Mother.. MARIA Oh. MOTHER ABBESS But are you truly ready for it? MARIA Yes. I really am.MARIA I can't seem to stop singing wherever I am. . lately. my family. MARIA Oh. I pray and I try. It's my life. I . And I am learning.. did it? MARIA No. when you saw us over the Abbey wall and longed to be one of us..

I promise I can.. Mother. MARIA Until September! MOTHER ABBESS To take care of seven children. Maria? MARIA Oh. And I can do it. MARIA Seven children! MOTHER ABBESS Do you like children. The nun picks up a letter from her desk. yes. His wife died several years ago leaving him alone with the children.. ? MOTHER ABBESS I will tell Captain Von Trapp to expect you tomorrow.. Mother. Now. MARIA I know what you expect. A fine man and a brave one. you will have a chance to find out if you can expect it of yourself.MOTHER ABBESS Perhaps if you go out into the world for a time.. but seven . . Reverend Mother? MOTHER ABBESS The Lord will show you in His own good time. kind face. MARIA Uh. I understand he's had a most difficult time managing to keep a governess there. knowing what we expect of you. why "difficult". MOTHER ABBESS Maria. Maria gazes into the nun's stern. MARIA Yes. Captain? MOTHER ABBESS A retired officer of the Imperial Navy. MOTHER ABBESS There is a family near Salzburg that needs a governess until September. MARIA Uh . (sinks into her chair) If it is God's will.

and a wide-brimmed leather hat. It could be so exciting to be out in the world. (sighs). MARIA (sings) A Captain with seven children What's so fearsome about that? She walks into the town square. THE TRIP TO THE VON TRAPPS' . (sings) What will this day be like? I wonder. MARIA (sings) . MARIA (sings) What will my future be? I wonder. then continues toward the Abbey's iron gates. to be free My heart should be wildly rejoicing Oh. wistful frown. baggy burlap jacket. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. MARIA When the Lord closes a door. Maria steps through the gate and out into the sunlight.. somewhere he opens a window. Maria stops and looks back with a sad..Maria gives her a look.. She carries a guitar case in one hand and a carpetbag in the other. what's the matter with me? I've always longed for adventure To do the things I've never dared Now here I'm facing adventure Then why am I so scared? Maria leans against a stone wall.DAY Maria walks out of the Abbey wearing a drab gray dress..

I must stop these doubts. She gets off the bus.Heaven bless them! They will look up to me And mind me with each step I am more certain . let them bring on all their problems I'll do better than my best I have confidence they'll put me to the test But I'll make them see I have confidence in me She boards a bus.. MARIA (sings) The courage to serve them with reliance Face my mistakes without defiance Show them I'm worthy And while I show them I'll show me So. MARIA (sings) I have confidence in sunshine I have confidence in rain I have confidence that spring will come again Besides which you see I have confidence in me Strength doesn't lie in numbers . Everything will turn out fine I have confidence the world can all be mine They'll have to agree I have confidence in me She skips and dances down a tree-lined road. all these worries If I don't I just know I'll turn back I must dream of the things I am seeking I am seeking the courage I lack She stops by a fountain. MARIA (sings) Somehow I will impress them I will be firm but kind And all those children -.... swinging her baggage and kicking her heels together.Oh. MARIA (sings) .

Wake Up! It's healthy! All I trust I leave my heart to All I trust becomes my own I have confidence in confidence alone . the dour-faced butler. Captain. She instantly straightens. out of breath. Maria stumbles to a stop in front of an imposing. Panting.. help! She opens the gate and enters. MARIA (sings) I have confidence in confidence alone Besides which you see I have confidence in me! She sprints across the circular gravel driveway and stops at the front door. MARIA Oh! Franz. how do you do? She shakes his hand. MARIA Hmm. then marches forward. FRANZ And I'm the old butler. Fraulein.Strength doesn't lie in wealth Strength lies in nights of peaceful slumbers When you wake up -. on the wall by the doorbell. I'm the new governess. unconfidently. MARIA (spoken quietly) Oh. opens the door. She leans. setting her luggage down and pressing the door bell. her back to the gate. MARIA Hello! Here I am! He studies her homely clothes with a doubtful look. elegant manor.. He doesn't smile. She hesitates for a moment. (makes the best of it. MARIA I'm from the convent. upbeat) Well. She approaches the huge iron gate and peers in. MARIA (disappointed) Oh. .

INT. clasping her hands together in excitement. VON TRAPP VILLA . Maria stops in front of a closed door and peers in through the crack.Maria picks up her guitar case and carpetbag and follows him into the house. Franz stalks away.CONTINUOUS Maria's eyes widen at the cavernous. Startled. She stares at the gilded furniture and glittering crystal chandelier.wait here please. Suddenly. Maria wanders across the dance floor. . CAPTAIN In the future. uh -. then switches places and bows deeply. A tall. She drops an exaggerated curtsy to an imaginary dance partner. the doors to the ballroom fly open. Cloth dustcovers hang from the chandelier. Maria walks slowly down the front stairs and sets her baggage down. Maria gazes fearfully at him and hurries out of the room. ornate ballroom lined with gilt-edged mirrors and dusty windows. Sir. With a last dubious glance at Maria. MARIA Yes. FRANZ You'll. elegantly handsome man with sharp. Walking across the gleaming wood floor. aristocratic features stands in the doorway. spotlessly white room. Maria enters hesitantly. As if in a trance. Balconies line the upper walls on either side of the vast. She gently pushes the door open and stares into a dark. Captain. opulent front hall. He wears a trim gray suit with green cuffs and lapels. Maria straightens from her bow. you will kindly remember there are certain rooms in this house which are not to be disturbed.

It's the dress. Maria stares at him and smiles. CAPTAIN Well. CAPTAIN Why do you stare at me that way? MARIA Well. You'll have to put on another one before you meet the children. CAPTAIN Sss -.. sir. CAPTAIN Hmm. MARIA What? CAPTAIN Hmm.off. MARIA Maria. please.. I can make my own clothes. if possible.. Now. I'll see that you get some material. sir. CAPTAIN Hat -. She removes her leather hat. I would have made myself a new dress. When we enter the Abbey. uh . our worldly clothes are given to the poor.. but there wasn't time. turn. MARIA But I don't have another one.. MARIA Well. CAPTAIN I'm afraid you don't look very much like a governess. CAPTAIN What about this one? MARIA Well. Maria turns around as the Captain scrutinizes her clothes. I don't know how much the Mother Abbess has told you. CAPTAIN Fraulein Maria. .. Turn around. you don't look at all like a sea Captain. the poor didn't want this one. today. Fraulein .Captain Von Trapp closes the ballroom doors.

no exceptions. pounding footsteps are heard above. You will please remember that. who have come to look after my children since their mother died. I'm placing you in command. MARIA Oh. MARIA (with an overly enthusiastic salute) Yes. MARIA Excuse me.only the governesses. The Captain abruptly takes a silver boatswain's whistle from his pocket and blows it shrilly. sir.MARIA Not much. MARIA Yes. they will march about the grounds. Maria's mouth drops open in surprise.. breathing deeply. Without it. I will not permit them to dream away their summer holidays. when do they play? CAPTAIN . .. CAPTAIN You are the twelfth in a long line of governesses.. MARIA (giving him a worried look) What's wrong with the children? CAPTAIN (pauses) There's nothing wrong with the children -. CAPTAIN They were completely unable to maintain discipline. Bedtime is to be strictly observed. sir! The Captain gives her look as if to ask. this house cannot be properly run. Each afternoon. You will see to it that they conduct themselves at all times with the utmost orderliness and decorum. She stayed only two hours. sir. Fraulein. CAPTAIN Every morning you will drill the children in their studies. Maria ducks for cover beside the Captain. "Are you mocking me?" Maria raises her eyebrows at him. I trust that you will be an improvement on the last one.. Thunderous.

the children march briskly downstairs into the hall. The Captain blows his whistle again in a rhythmic pattern. Swinging their arms. The oldest is a pretty. they line up and stand at attention. There's a noticeable gap between Kurt and Marta -. Maria silently counts them. CAPTAIN Now .. her nose buried in a book (Brigitta). She takes her place. He drops Brigitta's book on a nearby table.. A little girl with brown hair and a button nose follows (Marta).Upstairs. blue-eyed boy (Friedrich). . CAPTAIN . The Captain demonstrates. a chubby-cheeked boy (Kurt). six children. this is your new governess. A dreamy-eyed girl with long black hair wanders in. Behind him marches a girl with golden braids (Louisa). The Captain paces back and forth before them. Responding to the Captain's whistle.one of the children is missing. Then. The next is a blonde.. The Captain gives her a gentle. The Captain holds out his hand. He straightens Kurt's collar. fresh-faced sixteen year old girl with wavy brown hair (Liesl). The boy puffs out his chest. inspecting his troops. wearing identical blue sailor's uniforms dash out of their rooms and line up according to age along the balcony railing. Fraulein Maria. Friedrich's posture is not all that it could be. CAPTAIN Hup. standing at attention. She gives him the book and turns to take her place in the line-up. A five year old girl with a round face brings up the rear (Gretl). scolding tap on the rear..

this is a large house. and then steps back in line. let's see how well you listened. CAPTAIN Now. You will take this. She steps out and in but forgets to shout her name. the grounds are very extensive. Ahem. MARIA Oh. please -. I. and I will not have anyone shouting. I'll use their names. Each child. um. will listen carefully. I won't need to whistle for them. The Captain takes another whistle from his pocket and holds it out to Maria. Reverend Captain. I. announces his or her name. The Captain has to blow her signal twice. I mean. The Captain blows a variety of whistle signals. responding to their signal.The children eye her disapprovingly. And such lovely names. learn their signals. to Maria) And Gretl. so that you can call them when you want them. Fraulein. CAPTAIN Fraulein. LIESL Liesl! FRIEDRICH Friedrich! LOUISA Louisa! KURT Kurt! BRIGITTA Brigitta! MARTA Marta! The littlest girl forgets to step out. steps forward in a military manner. (to Maria) You. CAPTAIN As I sound your signals you will step forward and give your name. Maria is rather amused at this.learn to . Gretl makes a face. CAPTAIN (a little embarrassed.

The children will help you. It would be too -. CAPTAIN Fraulein. much more. sir. no. MARIA Well. they place their hands behind their backs. MARIA (sighs) At ease. He starts to blow a particularly obnoxious signal on his whistle. I'm sorry. I don't know your signal.humiliating. MARIA (interrupts) Oh. The Captain starts to walk away when Maria blows the whistles. sir. sir! CAPTAIN Hmm. then exits. now that there's just us. CAPTAIN (coldly) You may call me -.use it. Maria accepts the whistle reluctantly. CAPTAIN Now. I'm sixteen years old. Maria smiles to herself. when I want you. LIESL I'm Liesl. and I don't need a governess. annoyed. The Captain stares at her a moment. this is what you will hear. were you this much trouble at the Abbey? MARIA Oh. . Whistles are for dogs and cats and other animals. sir! I could never answer to a whistle. but not for children and definitely not for me.Captain. He stops and looks back at her. MARIA Excuse me. In unison. The children start to giggle. Maria turns to the children who snap back to attention and stare straight ahead. They're a welltrained bunch. would you please tell me all your names again and how old you are? The children step forward and back in military fashion announcing their names and ages.

BRIGITTA I'm Brigitta. She's Louisa. Friedrich? FRIEDRICH Fraulein Josephine. KURT Brigitta. I'm impossible. steps forward and tugs at Maria's sleeve. I'm eleven. KURT What's "incorrigible"? MARIA I think it means you want to be treated like a boy. I'm ten. turns to her. MARIA (smiles) You. Liesl. and I'd like a . MARIA Congratulations. the chubby cheeked boy. FRIEDRICH I'm Friedrich. Four governesses ago. the bookworm. I'm glad you told me. KURT I'm Kurt. But Fraulein Helga's was ugliest. Brigitta steps back in line. BRIGITTA Why not? Don't you think it's ugly? KURT Of course. didn't tell me how old you are. I'm fourteen. the button-nosed girl. Kurt rather likes that answer. Kurt. I'm incorrigible. um. Louisa. MARIA Mm-hm? MARTA I'm Marta. The blonde girl in braids steps out and in. steps out. Marta. and you're smart. you shouldn't say that. He steps back. LOUISA I'm Brigitta. She's thirteen years old.MARIA Well. and I think your dress is the ugliest one I ever saw. We'll just be good friends. Brigitta. MARIA (laughs) Really? Who told you that. and I'm going to be seven on Tuesday. Kurt steps forward.

Maria looks at the line of children from Liesl to Gretl. Friedrich makes slurping noises. you're Gretl. I have to tell you a secret.pink parasol. MARIA Yes. during dessert. the best way to start is to be sure to tell father to mind his own business. BRIGITTA Never eat your soup quietly. MARIA And you're five years old? My. pink's my favorite color too. KURT And. Gretl and Marta laugh at this. MARIA Now. MARIA Well. ready for mischief. you're practically a lady. The littlest. GRETL Don't believe a word they say. I've never been a governess before. FRIEDRICH You must never come to dinner on time. why not? GRETL Because I like you! . always blow your nose. LOUISA Well. Gretl. The children look at one another. They crowd around Maria. I'll need lots of advice. stamps her foot. LOUISA You mean you don't know anything about being a governess? MARIA Nothing. Fraulein Maria! MARIA Oh. Gretl holds up her hand showing all five fingers.

quick. and reaches into her dress pocket. Maria picks up her guitar and follows her up the stairs. Follow me. waiting. DISSOLVE TO: IN THE DINING ROOM . children. SCHMIDT (to Maria) Uh. Fraulein Maria. . to Frau Schmidt) Poor little dears. Hurry up. MARIA What? Ah! Ah! Aah! Oh! Ohh -She pulls out a frog and flings it down the stairs. quick.Then Frau Schmidt. It creeps out the open front door. Maria.THAT NIGHT Captain Von Trapp and the children (who now wear dresses and suits) sit at a long dining table. I'm Frau Schmidt. quick. screams. MARIA Good evening. Maria dashes in and stops. Father's order. quick. SCHMIDT All right now. sighs with relief. SCHMIDT (to Maria) You're very lucky. MARIA How do you do? SCHMIDT How do you do? I'll show you to your room. walks in clapping her hands. leaning on the bannister. Outside for your walk. Quick. the housekeeper. the housekeeper. Frau Schmidt picks up Maria's bag and leads her. With Fraulein Helga it was a snake. At the front door. the children pause and turn back to watch as Maria suddenly drops her guitar. They shake hands. Now hurry up. MARIA Ugh! Maria glares at the children who turn and somberly exit through the door. MARIA (quietly. The children walk reluctantly to the front door.

surprised and relieved not to be punished for their practical joke.. MARIA Good evening. MARIA Whaaaah ha ha ha! A pine cone sits on her chair. um. stares at her for a second and reluctantly puts down his fork. er . Everyone starts to eat. Maria casts a shrewd glance around the table... THE CHILDREN Good evening.. Amen. uh. children. MARIA For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful. Everyone folds their hands and bows their heads. Captain. Maria starts to sit in her chair and then leaps up. CAPTAIN (mystified) Enchanting little ritual. MARIA I'd like to thank each and every one of you for the precious gift you left in my pocket earlier today. learned at the Abbey? MARIA No. um .She walks to her seat. (patting her rear) . . The Captain starts to eat. it's. but haven't we forgotten to thank the Lord? The Captain.. rheumatism. Fraulein Maria. CAPTAIN Amen. Something you. MARIA Excuse me. Maria sits.. with a mouthful of food. The children follow suit. The children glance at each other. THE CHILDREN Amen.

a stranger in a new household. Wearing a gray uniform and cap. CAPTAIN (to Maria) Um. is to be at every meal or merely at. between the children and me. Fraulein. Maria smiles to herself as the rest of the children break down into sobs. CAPTAIN Uh huh. Marta? MARTA Nothing. Captain. dinner time that you intend leading us all through this rare and wonderful new world of . astonished. what gift? Maria glances at Kurt's worried face. MARIA Knowing how nervous I must have been.The children exchange uneasy looks. CAPTAIN What is the matter. The children sob louder. they're all right. Maria grins at the Captain who forces himself to smile. MARIA It's meant to be a secret.. knowing how important it was for me to feel accepted.. Captain. OUTSIDE THE TRAPP VILLA A teenage courier with blonde hair rides up to the house on a bicycle. it was so kind and thoughtful of you to make my first moments here so warm and happy and pleasant. he crosses . They're just happy. Marta begins to sob. Then I suggest that you keep it and let us eat. He hops off and rings the doorbell. uh. CAPTAIN Uh. one by one. The Captain glances around the table. indigestion? MARIA Oh.

FRANZ Ah. FRANZ Certainly. The door opens and Franz appears. ROLFE Good. FRANZ A telegram for you. Franz. sir.his arms and waits. Good evening. Franz hands the Captain the telegram. LIESL Franz. uh. IN THE DINING ROOM Moments later. ROLFE With the family? FRANZ Yes. then walks his bike down the driveway. yes. I trust everything is under control. Liesl glances toward the window. The Captain opens the telegram and reads it. ROLFE Good evening. Franz goes into the house and closes the door. Franz glances back into the house to make sure no one is listening and steps outside to confer with Rolfe. . CAPTAIN Hmm. Is the Captain at home? FRANZ He's at dinner. of course. FRANZ Are there. Rolfe. any developments? ROLFE Perhaps. FRANZ Yes. Rolfe peeks through a window. ROLFE Please give him this telegram at once. Rolfe. who delivered it? FRANZ That young lad.

The Captain glares at them. in the morning. Louisa. I'm not sure. CHILDREN Good! CAPTAIN And . I'm bringing her back with me to visit us all. Gretl. yes.. LIESL Father. no. Marta. LOUISA (to the Captain) To visit Baroness Schraeder again? FRIEDRICH (to Louisa) Mind your own business! CAPTAIN As a matter of fact. I shall be going to Vienna. behind her father's back.. Father! FRIEDRICH Not again. CAPTAIN I'm not sure. Father.. MARTA (to the Captain) Why can't we ever get to see the Baroness? KURT (to Marta) Why would she want to see you? CAPTAIN It just so happens. may I be excused? The Captain grunts negatively. Father? Liesl rises with her empty water glass and moves to fill it at a nearby table. Maria notices Liesl's disappointment. MARTA Oh. Maria has watched as Liesl stands up to get a glass of water but then quietly leaves the room.Liesl's hormones kick in.. GRETL How long will you be gone this time. CAPTAIN Children. . (rolling his eyes) . Uncle Max. that you are going to see the Baroness. The children groan.

and searches the banks of the moonlit lake. LIESL Why not. TRAPP VILLA Moments later. Rolfe breaks the clinch. She runs to him. Unfortunately. ROLFE (laughs) But I'm here! LIESL Please. Liesl runs out of the house. silly? ROLFE I don't know. Rolfe! They throw their arms around each other. Rolfe.. LIESL You have? How much? ROLFE So much that I even thought of sending you a telegram just so I'd be able to deliver it here. Liesl. that's a lovely thought. Send me a telegram. she calls: LIESL Rolfe! Rolfe appears from behind a tree. we mustn't. across a marble terrace. playing along) "Dear Liesl. LIESL Oh. Why don't you? Right now. near a glasswalled gazebo. this wire is already too ." ROLFE (amused. Liesl. Stop. ROLFE No. In a formal garden. LIESL Oh.CHILDREN (delighted) Uncle Max! Uncle Max! EXT. it's just-LIESL Isn't this why you're here waiting for me? ROLFE Yes. I'd like to be able to tell you how I feel about you. I'll start it for you: "Dear Liesl . against which leans his bike.. I've missed you. of course.

let's see.expensive. LIESL We're all Austrian.with a telegram for Colonel Schneider. ROLFE Well.so Austrian. Don't tell your father. He was even decorated by the Emperor. now. LIESL Why not? ROLFE Well. LIESL Cordially? ROLFE Affectionately? She hugs him tightly. Sincerely. Rolfe. (pacing) I could come here by mistake -. let's hope your father doesn't get into trouble. But I do worry about his daughter. (she hugs him again) Don't stop! Your Liesl" If only we didn't always have to wait for someone to send Father a telegram. How do I know when I'll see you again? ROLFE Well. LIESL Don't worry about Father. LIESL Mmmmmm! ROLFE Will there be any reply? LIESL "Dear Rolfe. I don't worry about him. He's a big naval hero." LIESL Sincerely? ROLFE Cordially. and they're very mad at those who don't think so. He's here from Berlin staying with -Oh. your father's so -. LIESL Me? Why? . stop. They're getting ready to -. ROLFE I know.Well. some people think we ought to be German. no one's supposed to know he's here.

ROLFE Well, you're so -LIESL What? ROLFE Well, you're such a baby! LIESL I'm sixteen. What's such a baby about that? Rolfe smiles knowingly. ROLFE (sings) You wait, little girl, on an empty stage For fate to turn the light on Your life, little girl, is an empty page That men will want to write on LIESL (sings) To write on Liesl leans seductively close. Rolfe backs away, his eyes widening. ROLFE (sings) You are sixteen going on seventeen Baby, it's time to think Better beware, be canny and careful Baby, you're on the brink You are sixteen going on seventeen Fellows will fall in line Eager young lads and roues and cads Will offer you food and wine Totally unprepared are you To face a world of men Liesl tries unsuccessfully for a kiss. ROLFE Timid and shy and scared are you Of things beyond your ken You need someone older an wiser Telling you what to do I am seventeen going on eighteen I'll take care of you

Liesl flies into his arms, Rolfe spins her around, then pushes her gently away and holds up a warning finger. As thunder rolls above, Liesl pouts and marches away. Rolfe follows and holds out his hand to her. She shakes it firmly and then turns her back on him. Rolfe follows her around a tree. She relents and takes his hand. Just as they sit down, raindrops start to fall. Rolfe leads Liesl into the glass-walled gazebo which is lined with benches. Liesl brushes the raindrops from her dress. The storm hits hard and heavy now. LIESL (sings) I am sixteen going on seventeen I know that I'm naive Fellows I meet may tell me I'm sweet And willingly I believe I am sixteen going on seventeen Innocent as a rose Bachelor dandies, drinkers of brandies What do I know of those? Totally unprepared am I To face a world of men Timid and shy and scared am I Of things beyond my ken Rolfe dodges her fingers when she walks them up his arm and tries to tickle his neck. LIESL (sings) I need someone older and wiser Telling me what to do You are seventeen going on eighteen I'll depend on you Rolfe smiles dreamily as Liesl runs her hands through his hair, then catches her as she drops into his arms. He lifts her up on one of the benches, then takes her hand and sashays her along its length. Liesl reaches the end of the

bench and points to the wide gap between her bench and the next one. Rolfe spins and gallantly goes down on one knee -- Liesl uses his other knee as a stepping stone to cross to the next bench. Skipping and twirling, he escorts her around the interior of the gazebo. Gaining momentum, Liesl circles the gazebo, jumping gracefully from bench to bench. Rolfe takes Liesl's hands and swings her down in a graceful spin. With one arm around her back, Rolfe leads Liesl around the gazebo. The two step up and down on the benches in perfect unison. They separate and leap onto opposite benches with spinning leg kicks. In the middle of the gazebo, they jump down into each other's arms, twirl around exuberantly, then let go and drop onto two facing benches. Breathing heavily, they gaze at each other with wide, uncertain eyes. Each stands up and spins away only to end up face to face. They twirl apart and bump into each other again on the other side of the gazebo. Again, they back away from each other but meet again on the opposite side. Liesl starts to pull away when Rolfe grabs her and places a firm kiss on her lips. Grinning, Rolfe sprints out of the gazebo into the rain. Liesl, mouth open in shock, finally smiles, arms spread in joy. LIESL Wheeeeeee! CUT TO: INT. MARIA'S BEDROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT The thunderstorm continues outside. Wearing long white nightgown, Maria hurries to the window and closes it. There is a knock at the door. MARIA Come in.

well .. Oh. not for me. I'm sure these will make the prettiest clothes I've ever had. even the children. SCHMIDT Good night. Nothing that reminds him of her .. surely. you don't approve of that? SCHMIDT Ever since the Captain lost his poor wife. do you think the Captain would get me some more material if I asked him? SCHMIDT How many dresses does a governess need? MARIA No.Frau Schmidt enters. Whistles. how lovely. MARIA It's so wrong. MARIA Oh. Tell me.he runs this house as if he were on one of his ships again. No more music. but I really don't need them. For the children. carrying two bolts of cloth. no more laughing. MARIA Frau Schmidt . orders. SCHMIDT Nevertheless. Fraulein Maria. new ones have been ordered. . SCHMIDT Ah.. I want to make them some playclothes. SCHMIDT (re-opening Maria's window) The Von Trapp children don't play.. The Captain had these sent out from town. SCHMIDT For your new dresses.. MARIA Oh. he .. now. They march.. MARIA Oh. MARIA New drapes? But these are fine. How do you like your room? There'll be new drapes at the windows ..

MARIA Frau Schmidt. Do you think if I ask the Captain tomorrow about the material ...? SCHMIDT Oh, he's leaving for Vienna in the morning. MARIA Oh, yes, of course. Well, how long will he be gone? SCHMIDT That all depends. The last time he visited the Baroness he stayed for a month. MARIA Oh. SCHMIDT I shouldn't be saying this -- not to you, I mean I don't know you that well -- but if you ask me, the Captain's thinking very seriously of marrying the woman before the summer's over. MARIA Oh, that'd be wonderful! Well, the children will have a mother again. SCHMIDT Yes ... well ... Good night. MARIA Good night. Schmidt leaves and Maria closes the door behind her. Maria takes off her robe, and places it over a chair. She makes the sign of the cross, kneels beside her bed and prays. Behind her, the night air billows through window curtains and thunder rolls. MARIA Dear Father, now I know why You've sent me here. To help these children prepare themselves for a new mother. And I pray that this will become a happy family in Thy sight. God bless the Captain, God bless Liesl and Friedrich, God bless Louisa, Brigitta, Marta and little Gretl. And, oh, I forgot the other boy. What's his name? Well, God bless What's-hisname. Liesl enters through the windows. She is soaking wet.

MARIA God bless the Reverend Mother, Sister Margaretta ... (sees Liesl try to exit the room) ...and everybody at Nonnberg Abbey. And now, dear God, about Liesl. Liesl stops at the door and turns back to Maria. MARIA Help her to know that I'm her friend, and help her to tell me what she's been up to. LIESL Are you going to tell on me? MARIA (to Liesl) Shh. (finishes her prayers) Help me to be understanding so that I may guide her footsteps. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. LIESL I was out taking a walk and somebody locked the doors earlier than usual and I didn't want to wake everybody up. So, when I saw your window open-- You're not going to tell Father, are you? MARIA Hmm. (rises, goes to window) How in the world did you climb up here? LIESL That's how we always got into this room to play tricks on the governess. Louisa can make it with a whole jar of spiders in her hand. MARIA (slamming window shut) Spiders!? (puts a hand to her chest in disgust) Liesl, were you out walking all by yourself? Liesl nods yes at first, then she shakes her head from side to side. MARIA You know, if we wash that dress out tonight, nobody would notice it tomorrow. You could put this on. Maria hands Liesl a nightgown from her armoir. MARIA Take your dress in there, put it to soak in the bathtub, then

come back here and sit on the bed and we'll have a talk. Liesl pauses in the bathroom doorway. LIESL I told you today I didn't need a governess. Well, maybe I do. Liesl smiles gratefully. Maria closes the bathroom door and walks over to shut the door of her armoir. Hands on hips, she looks at the bed, then at the bathroom door. Frowning suspiciously, she reaches for the comforter and flings it back to reveal ... clean, spider-less white sheets. She checks the rest of the bed. No spiders. Relieved, she puts the comforter back in its place. A loud thunder clap. The door suddenly opens and Gretl, in a nightgown, runs in and stands stiffly against the wall. MARIA Gretl? Are you scared? Gretl shakes her head. There is another clap of thunder and she runs into Maria's arms. MARIA You're not frightened of a thunderstorm, are you? You just stay right here with me. Oh! Uh! Where are the others? GRETL They're asleep. They're not scared. More thunder. Maria cuddles Gretl. Louisa, Brigitta and Marta run into the room. MARIA (to Gretl) Oh, no? Look. Gretl sees the other girls. MARIA All right, everybody. Up here on the bed. BRIGITTA Really?

. We just wanted to be sure that you weren't. the lightning says something to the thunder. I just try and think of nice things. MARIA Eh. when anything bothers me and I'm feeling unhappy. MARTA Then why does the thunder get so angry? It makes me want to cry. It was Kurt's. you boys weren't scared. (to the ceiling) God bless Kurt. MARIA Not really. the girls bury their heads in the bed. Boys are brave. and the thunder answers back. MARIA Now.everyone ducks. Really. More loud thunder. no. MARIA That's very thoughtful of you. then force themselves to walk calmly. Friedrich. LOUISA You won't see them. just this once.MARIA Well. MARIA Well. too. MARIA Kurt! That's the one I left out. they should soundproof these old villas. Come on. were you? FRIEDRICH Oh. The girls crowd onto the bed. Friedrich and Kurt run into the room. Maria looks at them all with amusement. The children bury their faces in the covers again. MARTA The lightning must be nasty. Maria grins. FRIEDRICH It wasn't my idea. now. As the thunder continues. A huge thunder clap -. all we have to do is to wait for the boys. MARTA Why does it do that? MARIA Well.

MARTA Does it really work? MARIA Of course it does. well. MARIA (sings) Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple streudels Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings These are a few of my favorite things Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes Silver white winters that melt into springs These are a few of my favorite things When the dog bites When the bee stings When I'm feeling sad I simply remember my favorite things And then I don't feel so bad Maria puts her arms around Marta and Gretl. Skies full of stars. What things do you like? MARTA Pussy willows! LOUISA Christmas! GRETL Bunny rabbits! KURT Snakes! BRIGITTA Chocolate icing! FRIEDRICH No school! . Green meadows.. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things More thunder. You try it..LOUISA AND MARTA What kind of things? MARIA Uh . (sings) . The children cower.. let me see. nice things. Daffodils. Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens ...

MARIA (sings) Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple streudels Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings These are a few of my favorite things Maria twirls hand in hand with the girls.Liesl emerges from the bathroom. surprised to see the others. Maria and Oscar Hammerstein are running out of favorite things to sing about. LIESL Telegrams! LOUISA Birthday presents! BRIGITTA Any presents! MARIA (agreeing) Yes! GRETL Ladybugs! MARIA What? MARTA Cats! KURT Rats! LOUISA A good sneeze! KURT Ah-choo! MARIA Gesundheit! See what fun it is? (sings) Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things The children watch her expectantly. Maria puts a hand to her head and her eyes widen -.she decides to repeat some stanzas. MARIA (sings) Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes .

MARIA ... LIESL Oh. the children were upset by the storm.. CAPTAIN Fraulein. so I thought that if I .. The children. uh. sir. Captain. She steps back. did I not tell you that bedtime is to be strictly observed in this house? MARIA Well. CAPTAIN Liesl? LIESL Yes. father? CAPTAIN I don't recall seeing you anywhere after dinner. really? Well. uh .. I-I was... MARIA (cheerfully) Uh. line up in a row at attention. CAPTAIN And do you or do you not have difficulty remembering such simple instructions? MARIA (defiantly) Only during thunderstorms. sir. what she would like to say.. dog bites . MARIA Uh. hello . I was. more terrified of their father than the thunder... is that. Kurt laughs.. she and I have . as a matter of fact -CAPTAIN Yes? LIESL Well. You did.Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes Silver white winters that melt into springs These are a few of my favorite things When the dog bi-The music abruptly stops as Maria suddenly runs into the Captain who stands in the doorway with a disapproving frown..

. CAPTAIN You are obviously many things. I wonder if. If I could just have some material . and sits in a chair next to the window. MARIA But they're children! CAPTAIN Yes. The Captain leaves the room. before you go. I could talk to you about some clothes for the children . She stands up and takes the drape in her hands.. reluctantly. Good night. Go back to bed immediately. The Captain turns toward the door. CAPTAIN Is it also possible that you remember that the first rule in this house is discipline? She nods again.. MARIA . MARIA (furious) Oh! Maria looks around angrily. You heard your father. But it's much too late now to go into all that. As the children run out the room.. An idea dawns on her. you have managed to remember that I'm leaving in the morning? Maria nods. flings her robe on the bed. Maria picks up her robe. CAPTAIN Then I trust that before I return you will have acquired some? MARIA Captain? Uh. for when they play. CAPTAIN Fraulein Maria .. CAPTAIN Fraulein. watching the children go. shutting the door..been getting better acquainted tonight. Come along children. She looks at a window drape decorated with green flowers. And I am their father. MARIA (sings to herself) ... not the least of which is repetitious.

MARIA Look over here! FRIEDRICH Oh. flowered drapes. Grinning.DAY Carrying her guitar case. The children sprint across a foot bridge. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. MARIA (sings to herself) When the dog bites When the bee stings When I'm feeling sad I simply remember my favorite things And then I don't feel so bad She drapes a curtain over her head like a scarf and wraps it around herself as a dress. Maria opens the villa's front gate and waves the children out. . she runs across the room and grabs another curtain. carrying toys and picnic baskets. the children follow. look! MARIA Come on! Maria skips away. CHILDREN Where are we going? They emerge one by one. They stop to watch boats on the river. Each wears an outfit made from the green.Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes Eyes widening in excitement. THE FIRST OUTING . The boys wear lederhosen and the girls wear smocked dresses. Maria closes the gate and runs after them.

In an outdoor market. the children skip along a grassy. to the delight of the children. Maria holds up a mock-warning finger. Louisa lies on the ground and talks with Maria. Gretl grins. pretends to juggle them. bustling with boxy. sundappled river bank. The ripe tomato splatters on the ground. she puts one down and juggles two of them. The girls picnic while the boys throw a ball back and forth. She tosses them to Gretl who drops one. Later still.Later. they lean out the windows of train car pushed by an old steam engine locomotive. Gretl looks up nervously. they run across a busy square in Salzburg. MARIA Ho! Maria holds up three tomatoes. dotted with wildflowers. with Maria in the lead. Maria picks out fruit and hands it to Kurt who passes it down the line to Brigitta who puts it Louisa's basket. Smiling. LOUISA Fraulein Maria? MARIA Mm hmm? LOUISA Can we do this every day? . The Alps loom peacefully in the background. Later. They stop in front of a fountain to look at the statue of a horse standing in its center. chugging slowly up a mountainside. They bound across a grassy meadow. 1930s automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. waving her hands in the air without actually letting go.

Now. MARTA What are we going to do? MARIA Let's think of something to sing for the Baroness when she comes.. Every other day? KURT I haven't had so much fun since the day we put glue on Fraulein Josephine's toothbrush. let's not lose any time. Over here. BRIGITTA Oh. Well. everybody.. MARIA Well. we'll have to think about that one. GRETL But how? Maria picks up her guitar and . blasts through the opening lick from . MARTA Father doesn't like us to sing. MARIA Oh.MARIA Don't you think you'd soon get tired of it.. MARIA Well. how else can we get Father's attention? BRIGITTA Yes. You must learn. Louisa? LOUISA I suppose so. MARIA Not any? LOUISA We don't even know how to sing. All right. perhaps we can change his mind. MARIA But why do it? LIESL Well. it's easy. MARIA I can't understand how children as nice as you can manage to play such awful tricks on people. I see.. [BRIGITTA?] No. what songs do you know? FRIEDRICH We don't know any songs.

a long... a note to follow Sew Tea. . just kidding . a drink with jam and bread That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh) MARIA AND THE CHILDREN Doe.. a needle pulling thread La. strums her guitar and sings: MARIA (sings) Let's start at the very beginning A very good place to start When you read you begin with . long way to run Sew. a deer.. GRETL (sings) A-B-C MARIA (sings) When you sing you begin with do-re-mi THE CHILDREN (sing) Do-re-mi MARIA (sings) Do-re-mi The first three notes just happen to be Do-re-mi THE CHILDREN (sing) Do-re-mi MARIA (sings) Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti (spoken) Oh."Johnny B. a name I call myself Far. a needle pulling thread La.. (sings) Doe. Goode" -. a drink with jam and bread That will bring us back to . long way to run Sew.. a female deer Ray. let's see if I can make it easier..no. a name I call myself Far. a deer. a note to follow Sew Tea.. a drop of golden sun Me. a long. a female deer Ray. a drop of golden sun Me. Mmm .

. on some steps overlooking the city. (sings) So Do La Fa Mi Do Re (spoken) Can you do that? CHILDREN (sing) So Do La Fa Mi Do Re MARIA (sings) So Do La Ti Do Re Do CHILDREN (sing) So Do La Ti Do Re Do MARIA (spoken) Now. long way to run Maria runs through the grass leading the children like the Pied Piper. a female deer Ray. a name I call myself Far.the children are dressed differently.Do. put it all together. a needle pulling thread La. a deer. So Do La Ti Do Re Do MARIA (spoken) Good! . you can sing a million different tunes by mixing them up. MARIA AND THE CHILDREN (sing) So Do La Fa Mi Do Re. do-re-mi-fa-so and so on are only the tools we use to build a song. Like this. it's another day -. children. a drink with jam and bread MARIA (sings) That will bring us back to Do Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do So-do! Suddenly. a note to follow Sew Tea. a long. MARIA Now. Uh .. MARIA AND THE CHILDREN Sew. Once you have these notes in your heads. a drop of golden sun Me.

. they ride a horsedrawn carriage through the streets of Salzburg. One word for every note. a needle pulling thread La. they peddle bicycles along a lake. wearing their playclothes. a note to follow Sew Tea.one leaps up with every note. MARIA AND THE CHILDREN (sing) Doe. wearing regular knickers and dresses. Like this. a drink with jam and bread That will bring us back to Do On yet another day.BRIGITTA (spoken) But it doesn't mean anything. a drop of golden sun Me. MARIA (spoken) So we put in words. MARIA AND THE CHILDREN (sing) When you know the notes to sing You can sing most anything On another day. long way to run Sew. a name I call myself Far. (sings) When you know the notes to sing You can sing most anything (spoken) Together! The children sit on a sidewalk bench -. a deer.. a female deer Ray. Maria points to each child in turn: CHILDREN (sing) Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do Do Ti La So Fa Mi Re CHILDREN (sing) Do Mi Mi Mi So So Re Fa Fa La Ti Ti They repeat the lines above four more times at a faster tempo as Maria sings . a long.

. . She pretends to wave a flag to start an impromptu foot race between her and the boys.. . a name I call myself Far. . MARIA AND THE CHILDREN (sing) . So Do Re . Mi Do Fa . So Do La .in counterpoint: MARIA (sings) When you know the notes to sing You can sing most . a note to follow Sew Tea. a drink with jam and bread That will bring us back to The children stand on different levels of an outdoor staircase. MARIA AND THE CHILDREN (sing) Doe. . . hopping up or down the steps with each note: MARIA: CHILDREN: Do . . long way to run Sew. a drop of golden sun Me. .. . anything!!! They march around the edge of a fountain. Then they dance around fountains and statues and things. La Fa Ti . . a deer. a female deer Ray. a long. . . . Maria skips through an arbor. .. followed by the children. . Re So . La Fa Mi .. a needle pulling thread La.

elegant blonde woman who laughs a lot. Georg always believes in rising to the occasion. darling. Max. MAX You didn't invite me to your villa. I'm a very charming sponge. BARONESS (laughs) Max. MAX Not at all. They drive past a monastery from which can be heard beautiful voices raised in song. BARONESS Mountains are magnificent. you are outrageous. perfect.La So Fa Mi Re Ti Do Ti Do -MARIA (hitting climactic high notes) Oh . . Really magnificent. Georg. BARONESS Oh! MAX Even if it's to a height of ten thousand feet. uh. next to a slim.DAY A gleaming black convertible drives down a country road. I invited myself.oh CHILDREN (sing) So Do DISSOLVE TO: EXT. CAPTAIN I had them put up just for you. the Captain at the wheel. I'm taking back my invitation. THE CAPTAIN'S CAR . the Baroness. the wine cellar unexcelled and the price. CAPTAIN Unless the jokes improve. MAX You needed a chaperone and I needed a place to stay where the cuisine is superb. BARONESS Naturally. In the back seat sits moustached impresario Max Detweiler.

the Von Trapp children hang from the branches. laughing and yelling. you've seen them all. CAPTAIN That's the Klopmann Monastery Choir. BARONESS This really is exciting for me.but then his eyes widen suddenly in doubt. BARONESS Good heavens. Georg. The Baroness laughs. They stop to gaze at the shimmering lake. being here with you. I must explore this territory in the next few days. it's nothing. Dressed in their play clothes. failing at first to recognize his own children -. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. Trees.LATER THAT DAY The Captain and the Baroness stroll along. When you've seen one. too. Somewhere a hungry little singing group is waiting for Max Detweiler to pluck it out of obscurity and make it famous at the Salzburg Folk Festival. The Captain drives past them.MAX Listen. lakes. CAPTAIN They get the fame. just some local urchins. CAPTAIN Oh ho ho ho ho ho. you get the money. They roll past a grove of trees. . TRAPP VILLA . MAX 'Tis unfair I admit it but someday that'll be changed. I shall get the fame. BARONESS That is not what I mean and you know it. MAX They're good! Very good. mountains. what's this? CAPTAIN Oh.MARBLED TERRACE .

BARONESS There you go. you-you mean me. CAPTAIN In my natural habitat? BARONESS Yes. Georg. I'm a dangerous driver. CAPTAIN Now. uh. I'm exciting. it was rather.CAPTAIN Ah. Georg. . BARONESS You know. They keep walking. CAPTAIN Well. running yourself down again. hm? BARONESS How poetic! CAPTAIN Yes. highly improbable. wasn't it? She laughs. you're-you're much less of a riddle when I see you here. exactly. It's so lovely and peaceful. just. yes. The Baroness laughs. arm in arm. CAPTAIN More at home here than in Vienna? In all your glittering salons? Gossiping gaily with bores I detest? Soaking myself in champagne? Stumbling about to waltzes by Strausses I can't even remember? Is that what you're trying to say? BARONESS More or less. BARONESS Is that so impossible? CAPTAIN No. whatever gave you that idea? BARONESS (laughs) How I do like it here. CAPTAIN Are you trying to say that I'm more at home here among the birds and the flowers and the wind that moves through the trees like a restless sea.

yes. I'd be an ungrateful wretch if I didn't tell you at least once that it was you who brought some meaning back into my life. I am amusing. Charming. SERVANT More strudel. BARONESS Could it be running away from memories? CAPTAIN Mm hm. unattached little me .in a way.you have just wealthy. uh -. The perfect hostess. my savior. pretending to be madly active. witty. searching just like you.. darling. how unromantic. And I do give some rather gay parties.you're going to hate me for this -. graceful. CAPTAIN Ho ho ho. heh heh. Lovely. And. I'd hardly call you a mere distraction. On the veranda. BARONESS Oh. Or perhaps just searching for a reason to stay. BARONESS But take all that away and you . Or were there other distractions there? CAPTAIN Oh. I suppose. And I do have the finest couturier in Vienna. CAPTAIN Ah. Activity suggests a life filled with purpose.How can you leave it as often as you do? CAPTAIN Ah. I suppose. what would you call me. CAPTAIN Well. a servant offers Max a tray. BARONESS Oh. I hope that's why you've been coming to Vienna so often. Herr Detweiler? . BARONESS Oh. Georg? CAPTAIN Mmmm. BARONESS Well. And the most glittering circle of friends.

MAX Well? BARONESS Well. Max. BARONESS On Georg's telephone. hm? Tch. CAPTAIN Still eating. BARONESS Obviously. Must be unhappy. you really must try and learn to. MAX Well. dear. The Captain strides into the house. uh. they must have heard I was coming and went into hiding. BARONESS What happened. MAX That marvelous mixed quartet I've been trying for months to steal away from Saul Feurock. of course. The shrewd-faced Max waits for him to leave. I like the way I live when I'm with them. The Captain and the Baroness join him. MAX For this I had to call Paris. then approaches the Baroness. uh. try and be charming. MAX Make it an uneven three. what? . darling? MAX Yesterday. Uh. uh. love yourself. CAPTAIN I was hoping they'd be here to welcome you. CAPTAIN But. Rome and Stockholm. I like rich people. CAPTAIN I wonder where the children are. Sascha Petrie stole them first.MAX (feeling his stomach) How many have I had? SERVANT Two. I like the way they live. tch. Max. If there's one thing I hate. Max. do step out of character for a moment and. how else could I afford it? Oh. it's a thief.

intimate. MAX What kind of talk's that? BARONESS That is "none of your business" talk. Max. you really are a beast! MAX You and Georg are like family to me. Tell Max every teensy weensy. That's why I want to see you two get married. he's no ordinary man. She shakes her head and says nothing. BARONESS When his wife died. darling -. let's just say I have a feeling I may be here on approval. MAX But I'm a child. she left him with a terrible heartache. BARONESS Well. How can you miss? BARONESS Far too easily.MAX Have you made up Georg's mind yet? Do I hear wedding bells? BARONESS Pealing madly. BARONESS (mockingly) Oh. I like toys. he's rich. She giggles. MAX Wah-ho. BARONESS Oh. MAX When your husband died. MAX Honest? BARONESS But not necessarily for me. he left you with a terrible fortune. Max. I'm terribly fond of Georg and I will not have you toying with us.and I do -. I approve of that. disgusting detail.you will find a way. MAX If I know you. We must keep all that lovely money in the family. MAX Aw. So tell me everything. MAX Well. . come on.

Just make sure it doesn't happen to you. presumably Liesl's room. Rolfe drops his bicycle on the lawn and picks up a handful of pebbles. Rolfe runs to his bike and wheels it away. CAPTAIN (sharply) All right.(giving the Nazi salute) Heil Hitler! Max and the Baroness join the Captain who registers displeasure at Rolfe's salute. CAPTAIN What are you doing there? ROLFE (startled) Oh. Chastened. BARONESS Oh. ROLFE Yes. Rolfe joins them and offers the telegram to Max but the Captain snatches it away and hands it to Max. And I'm just an Austrian. voice raised) Max! Don't you ever say that again! MAX You know I have no political convictions. get out. Can I help it if other .I mean. CAPTAIN (angry. I didn't know you were-. Georg. CAPTAIN (tense) Yes. MAX What's gonna happen's going to happen. CAPTAIN Who are you? ROLFE I have a telegram for Herr Detweiler. Now. MAX I'm Herr Detweiler.I didn't see-. I was just looking for-. Captain Von Trapp.On another side of the house. He's just a boy. The Captain walks onto the veranda and sees the young courier tossing the pebbles against a second story window. You've delivered your telegram. sir.

he waits for them. coming nearer. yes. With Maria in the prow. disappearing.people do? CAPTAIN Oh. A hand on his hip. The children make a lot of noise and slosh around. The Captain walks across the terrace to a gate on the shore of the lake. The boat rocks precariously..... The Captain leans on the veranda's railing. The Baroness eyes him sympathetically. I'm afraid. They sing a ragged version of "Do Re Mi" . then jerks his head toward the lake. BARONESS Is there any way I could bring you back to the world I'm in? The children's voices are heard shouting. CHILDREN Papa! Papa! Papa! MARIA (rising) Oh! Oh. Max walks away. BARONESS You're far away. CAPTAIN Come out of that water at once! The Captain flings open the gate as his grinning children wade ashore. flustered. you can help it! (more quietly) You must help it. The children spot him and stand up to wave. The Captain smiles at the Baroness. his head bowed. Her . the children row a skiff toward the house. scowling impatiently. BARONESS (gently) Hello? He does not respond. Where are you? CAPTAIN In a world that's . Captain! You're home! The boat capsizes sending Maria and the children into the water.

MARIA Oh! You must be Baroness Schraeder! Next to the grim-faced Captain. .. CAPTAIN (to the Baroness) . The Baroness in her tailored. you will stay here. sophisticated suit. the children climb onto the terrace. clean up. and these. BARONESS How do you do? CAPTAIN All right. BARONESS I. brown.. Soaking wet. CAPTAIN Straight line! The Captain paces back and forth in front of his children. dry off. LOUISA I'm soaked to the skin! Then the Captain takes a whistle from his pocket and with one blast. her back to the Captain. everyone talking simultaneously. They slosh to their places in line and stand at attention. Maria frowns with disgust and follows them. green scarf from her hair. report back here! Immediately! The children scramble into the house. silences the children's chatter. uh. CAPTAIN Fraulein.short hair plastered to her head. He pauses at Louisa and pulls the flowered. leaves by walking past Maria who wears her plain. His smile fades at the sight of his raggedy children. CAPTAIN (smiles) This is Baroness Schraeder. the Baroness struggles not to laugh. Go inside. Maria drags the skiff behind her. are my children.. wet dress. please! Maria stops. change your clothes. think I'd better go see what Max is up to.. Maria turns to face the Captain. Maria frowns sympathetically.

And having a marvelous time! CAPTAIN They have uniforms! MARIA Straitjackets. Captain? CAPTAIN Is it possible or could I have just imagined it -. uh .CAPTAIN Now. CAPTAIN Oh.? MARIA Play clothes.. i f you'll forgive me. . I want a truthful answer from you. did they get these. Captain. CAPTAIN I see. CAPTAIN I will not forgive you for that.. MARIA Children cannot do all the things they're supposed to do if they have to worry about spoiling their precious clothes all the . CAPTAIN I haven't heard them complain yet.. may I ask. CAPTAIN Drapes! MARIA They still had plenty of wear left. (holds up Louisa's scarf) And where..from the drapes that used to hang in my bedroom. these. MARIA Yes. is that what you call them? MARIA I made them -. um. The children have been everywhere in them.have my children by any chance been climbing trees today? MARIA Yes. CAPTAIN (incredulous) Do you mean to tell me that my children have been roaming about Salzburg dressed up in nothing but some old drapes?! MARIA Mm-hmm. Fraulein.

CAPTAIN I don't wish you to discuss my children in this manner. but someone has to find out about her and the little ones just want to be loved. They fear you too much. CAPTAIN That will do.. One of these days you're going to wake up and find she's a woman.. CAPTAIN Fraulein . MARIA And Kurt pretends he's tough not to show how hurt he is when you brush him aside.. CAPTAIN You will not say one word about Liesl. MARIA She's not a child anymore. CAPTAIN I said. She notices everything.. MARIA .. MARIA Well. You're never home long enough to know them.. Oh. you've got to hear from someone. He's a boy but he wants to be a man like you and there's no one to show him how.MARIA Well. Louisa I don't know about.. Fraulein . MARIA I know you don't! But you've got to! (beat) Now. take Liesl. CAPTAIN Don't you dare tell me about my son! MARIA Brigitta could tell you about him if you'd let her get close to you. And Friedrich.. please. love them. You won't even know her.. love them all! CAPTAIN I don't care to hear anything further from you about my children! . They love you too much. they wouldn't dare. CAPTAIN I said I don't want to hear any more from you about my children..... that will do! MARIA . Captain.. the way you do all of them.

. I realize it's singing but who is singing? CHILDREN'S VOICES "For a thousand years . Wearing their uniforms. the Captain strides to the house. surprised.. CAPTAIN (astonished) The children? CHILDREN'S VOICES "The hills fill my heart .MARIA I am not finished yet. yes. (beat) Now.. you are. " MARIA The children...." MARIA I taught them something to sing for the Baroness. CAPTAIN (corrects himself) Fraulein. and return to the Abbey . " CAPTAIN What's that? CHILDREN'S VOICES "Ah-ah-ah-ah!" MARIA It's singing.... CHILDREN'S VOICES "With songs they have sung . Ignoring her.. Captain! CAPTAIN Oh. " CAPTAIN Yes.... the children sing for Max and the Baroness. " CAPTAIN . CHILDREN'S VOICES "With the sound of music .. INSIDE THE VILLA The Captain slows as he reaches a spacious drawing room.. you will pack your things this minute . Maria watches him go. troubled. Captain! Maria looks at him. CHILDREN'S VOICES "The hills are alive . ..

His eyes soften. the Captain walks into the room and joins in. The Captain hugs the little ones and playfully nudges the others. The Captain smiles faintly and takes a few hesitant step toward his children.. he nods slightly to the music. astonished. Maria looks in and bows her head. CHILDREN (singing) My heart wants to sigh like a chime that flies from a church on a breeze To laugh like a brook when it trips and falls over stones on its way (on it's way) With a growing smile. with the sound of music My heart wants to sing every song it hears My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds that rise from the lake to the trees (to the trees) The Captain hides by the doorway. THE CAPTAIN AND THE CHILDREN (singing) To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray I go to the hills when my heart is lonely Everyone gapes at him. . They all start to laugh. The children exchange amazed glances and gaze adoringly at their father as he sings solo: CAPTAIN (sings) I know I will hear what I've heard before The children back him for the last lines: CAPTAIN (sings) My heart will be blessed with the sound of music And I'll sing once more Maria appears in the doorway and watches.CHILDREN (singing) . Brigitta runs over and gives him a hug.. The rest of the children surround him.

I don't know my children. No. MARIA No.. BARONESS Oh! The Baroness hugs Gretl. Captain.CAPTAIN Ah! Maria motions to Gretl to take a small bouquet of white wildflowers to the Baroness.. BARONESS (to Captain) You never told me how enchanting your children are. CAPTAIN Fraulein. I didn't realize it myself. looks over at the doorway. then turns to face him. Gretl gives the Baroness her bouquet. Maria starts up the stairs... behaved badly. and sees Maria who hurries to the stairs. The Captain shakes his head as if to say. It's one of my worst faults. I apologize.. I'm far too outspoken. music back into the house? I'd forgotten. I'm. She hesitates. They want so much to be close to you. He turns.. BARONESS Edelweiss! Gretl curtsies. CAPTAIN You were right. CAPTAIN (whispers to the children) Don't go 'way! The Captain strides quickly out of the room just as Maria reaches the staircase. . CAPTAIN I . CAPTAIN And you've brought . MARIA There's still time.

Beaming with happiness. uh. CAPTAIN You have already. She stops. MARIA (whispers) Marta! (calls to Marta) Curtain! The curtain opens to reveal a marionette -. ask you to stay. All three applaud as the music begins. The once dark ballroom. BALLROOM Another day. She stares at him. The Baroness and Max sit in front of a puppet theater. Their eyes meet. Maria and the children stand backstage. shy smile. MARIA If I could be of any help.CAPTAIN Fraulein. DISSOLVES TO: INT. MARIA (sings) High on a hill was a lonely goatherd Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo Folks in a town that was quite remote heard Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo Lusty and clear from the goatherd's throat heard . then joins Max and the Baroness. CAPTAIN I want you to stay. CAPTAIN I. Maria clasps her hands and dashes upstairs. The Captain smiles contritely. the Captain strides back to the drawing room. With a quick. now brightly lit. The Captain peeps behind the theater.a shepherd wearing lederhosen. More than you know.

Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo Above the stage. A girl puppet with blonde braids appears to join the shepherd. . Marionette musicians play while marionette customers drink mugs of marionette beer. lay dee odl lee o lay MARIA (whispers) Marta! Marta! Marta unrolls a new backdrop: a castle. THE CHILDREN (singing) Men in the midst of a table d'hote heard Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo MARIA (sings) Men drinking beer with the foam afloat heard Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo Marta blows the foam from a beer and splashes Maria who coughs. MARIA (whispers) Gretl! The prince! Gretl shoves a prince puppet onstage. THE BOYS (singing) Men on a road with a load to tote heard Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo A curtain rises to show: A beer hall. the children work the puppet strings. On stage. A puppet carrying many mugs of beer to two men sitting at a table with forks and knives at the ready. MARIA (sings) A prince on the bridge of a castle moat heard Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo Two bearded male puppets with backpacks walk on. o ho lay dee odl ay O ho lay dee odl lee o. goats dance alongside the shepherd. CHILDREN (singing) O ho lay dee odl lee o.

Bill and Cora Baird. and signals to Marta for the next backdrop. for example. oh. Maria breaks out into a serious case of yodeling.. Onstage. Maria and the children manipulate the puppets with all the consummate skill of professional puppeteers like. Odl lay ee (odl lay ee) Odl lay hee hee (odl lay hee hee) Odl lay ee . Max. MARIA AND THE CHILDREN (singing) Ummm (ummm) .MARIA (sings) One little girl in a pale pink coat heard Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo BRIGITTA (sings) She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo The blonde girl's bosomy mother appears and pushes the girl to the shepherd.. a boy and girl goat replace the shepherd and his girlfriend. BRIGITTA (sings) One little girl in a pale pink coat heard MARIA (sings) . She sighs. the Baroness. wipes her brow. Above them. Three couples dance the polka as the band continues to play. and the Captain laugh with delight... MARIA (sings) Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo What a duet for a girl and goatherd MARIA AND THE CHILDREN (singing) Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo Mother and daughter dance with the shepherd.

Apparently. The children jump out from behind the stage to bow and curtsy. MARIA (sings) Soon her Mama with a gleaming gloat heard Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hmm hmm What a duet for a girl and goatherd Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo The two goats snuggle and that's all it takes for a baby goat to appear and dance with them. Odl lay ee (odl lay ee) Odl lay odl lay (odl lay odl lay). .Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hoo hoo BRIGITTA (sings) She yodeled back to the lonely goatherd LIESL (sings) Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo The girl goat's mother appears and bucks her daughter into the boy goat. the Austrian mountain goat is equipped with some very advanced biological mechanisms. Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo Soon the duet will become a trio MARIA (sings) Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo MARIA AND THE CHILDREN (singing) Odl lay ee.. the Captain and the Baroness laugh and applaud. MARIA AND THE CHILDREN (singing) Happy are they lay dee olay dee lee o .. Odl lay odl lee (odl lay odl lee) Odl lay odl lee (odl lay odl lee) Odl lay odl lay odl lay THE CHILDREN Whoo! Max. odl lay ee (odl lay ee) Odl lay hee hee (odl lay hee hee).

MAX Attention! Attention. Maria smiles modestly. MAX AND THE BARONESS Bravo! Wonderful! etc. everyone! I have an announcement to make! Surprise. if you have any problems I'd be happy to help you. very much impressed. Fraulein. GRETL Can we really keep the puppet show. CAPTAIN I really am very. I have finally found a most exciting entry for the Salzburg Folk Festival! The Captain knows full well what Max has in mind. Their eyes meet in a lingering gaze. surprise. . you may. BARONESS Well. CAPTAIN Well done. I'm not sure I'll make a very good nun. The Baroness smiles coldly and walks into the grand front hall.THE CAPTAIN. Why else would I have told Professor [Kolitz] to send the bill to your father? The children chatter with excitement and exit with Max. after a long and desperate search. is there anything you can't do? MARIA Well. Uncle Max? MARTA Yes. The Captain shifts uncomfortably. The Captain keeps looking at Maria in her blue dress. MARIA They're your children. Maria emerges and leans against the theater. Today. then takes the Baroness' arm and starts out of the room. BARONESS (coolly) My dear. Captain. exhausted. may we? MAX Of course. my darlings. CAPTAIN Oh ho ho.

.. no. CAPTAIN No. the Klopmann Choir? MAX No. whose family? MAX (laughs) Yours.. CAPTAIN What a charming idea! Uh. no. no. You'll never guess. CAPTAIN Oh. Max. CHILDREN (disappointed) Ohhhh! .. Who will you be exploiting this time? MAX Ha ha! BARONESS (guessing) The Saint Ignatius Choir? MAX Guess again! CAPTAIN Um . LIESL Tell us. Georg. Max. CAPTAIN Hm! The Captain studies Max with an amused grin and laughs. They'll be a sensation. Max. let me see now. CHILDREN (they love the idea) Ohhh! MAX They'll be the talk of the festival. MAX A singing group all in one family. CAPTAIN No? MAX No. The children laugh. uh .. what's so funny? CAPTAIN You are. no. You're expensive .CAPTAIN Congratulations. now. MAX Well.. MAX But you heard them. but very funny. no.

You. Yes. The Captain looks at the children. MARIA Who? CHILDREN Yes. CHILDREN Yes. that was a very. no. very. no. MARIA Please. MARIA The vote is unanimous. you can't blame me for trying. Father. original . CAPTAIN Max. Maria picks up her guitar and looks uncertainly at the children who nod.. Maria holds out the guitar to the Captain. who shall we hear from next? The children huddle around Maria. no. very long time ago. CAPTAIN Well. MARIA I'm told that a long time ago you were quite good. no. Captain. CAPTAIN Me? Max laughs. Maria clears her throat and walks over to the Captain and holds the guitar out to him. MARIA Children. my children do not sing in public. CAPTAIN No. no. no. .. MAX Well.MAX It's a wonderful idea! Fresh. realizes what they're up to. LIESL I remember. CAPTAIN I don't understand. Yes. Liesl leans forward and whispers something to Maria.

MARIA Please. Maria leans against a wall. Father.. Liesl joins in. BARONESS Why didn't you tell me? MAX What? BARONESS To bring along my harmonica. Max and the Baroness sit together. edelweiss Bless my homeland forever He looks at the Baroness who smiles eagerly. edelweiss Every morning you greet me Small and white. CAPTAIN (sings) Blossom of snow. The Captain takes the guitar and strums a few chords.Maria holds out the guitar to the Captain again. . CAPTAIN Well . He smiles at the children affectionately. then nods to Liesl as he sings another refrain. BRIGITTA Oh. The Baroness observes them shrewdly. The children settle on the floor in front of him. Max chuckles. CAPTAIN (sings) Edelweiss. please. clean and bright You look happy to meet me The Captain smiles at Maria. may you bloom and grow Bloom and grow forever Edelweiss. Liesl takes a seat. FRIEDRICH Play us something we know..

CHILDREN (disappointed) Ohhh . BARONESS I have a wonderful idea. Please! Please! Maria walks over to the children. may you bloom and grow Bloom and grow forever Edelweiss. clean and bright (clean and bright) You look happy to meet me CAPTAIN (sings) Blossom of snow.CAPTAIN AND LIESL (singing) Edelweiss. Georg. (edelweiss) edelweiss (edelweiss) Every morning you greet me Small and white (small and white). and they met me. he grins and shrugs modestly. I think it's high time I met all your friends here in Salzburg. edelweiss Bless my homeland forever Gazing at Maria. CAPTAIN A party? CHILDREN Yes. Georg. You must give a grand and glorious party for me while I'm here.. The Captain laughs. Say good night. MAX Any time you say the word.. Don't you agree? CAPTAIN I see what you mean.. the Von Trapp Family Singers. you can be part of my new act . BARONESS Yes. please! Oh. Father. Father.. MAX . please. The children stand up. Let's really fill this house with music. CHILDREN Oh. . The children gasp with delight. MARIA Children! It's time to go to bed! Come now.. yes.. please.

The Captain wears a medal from a matching red and white ribbon around his neck. The Captain kisses and hugs his children. The Captain shakes hands with ZELLER. They dash out of the room. The Captain and the Baroness greet the arriving guests. The Captain's polite smile fades as he watches Zeller stops and scowls disapprovingly at the Austrian flag hanging from the balcony. Baroness Schraeder. BARONESS Good evening. Gretl runs to catch up. silver-haired.CHILDREN Good night. Father. Uncle Max. Outside. CUT TO: THE PARTY . cars and carriages fill the driveway. ZELLER Baroness. ZELLER Captain. Zeller kisses the Baroness' gloved hand and moves into the hall. Baroness Schraeder. GRETL It will be my first party. Father. beaming with excitement. A conductor leads an orchestra using his violin bow as a baton. CAPTAIN Herr Zeller. pro-Nazi Austrian. Good night. then makes his . a ferret-faced. Good night. Zeller stalks into the ballroom and searches the crowd. flowing ball gowns and men in tuxedoes. Good night. A red and white Austrian flag hangs conspicuously from the balcony.NIGHT An orchestra plays a waltz as a number of guests dance around the room -women in long. then stops and turns in the doorway. Herr Zeller.

Outside. Zeller clicks his heels together and bows. peering through doors on one side of the ballroom. only grown-up men are scared of women. The children gather to watch Liesl and Friedrich waltz together. GRETL I think the men look beautiful. FRIEDRICH May I have this dance? LIESL I'd be delighted. ZELLER I suppose you noticed the obvious display of the Austrian flag in the hallway. Friedrich cuts in. tapping Liesl on shoulder. staring dreamily into space. who are you dancing with? LIESL Nobody. KURT Silly. BRIGITTA Liesl. KURT I think they look ugly. Liesl wanders onto the marble terrace. BRIGITTA Oh.way to a stocky man with round glasses. yes you are. Brigitta stands watching her as Liesl as she imagines a young man is asking her to dance. LOUISA How would you know? Gretl points her nose in the air. the children stand on a garden terrace. Liesl curtsies and begins to waltz by herself. LOUISA You just say that because you're scared of them. BRIGITTA The women look so beautiful. young man. Maria walks . snubbing Louisa.

come on over here. step hop. Whoop.the Von Trapp Family Dancers! The other children laugh. . two. GRETL What's that they are playing? MARIA It's the Laendler. we go for a little walk -. KURT Like this? MARIA Fine. Now. Kurt. three. you remember. The children glance toward the ballroom. you bow and I curtsy. MARIA Now. the guests applaud. They move to the center of the terrace. MARIA Well -KURT Please. Please. three. MARIA All right. two. Step hop. Maria takes Kurt's hand and demonstrates a dance step. the music stops. As Kurt speaks. MARIA One. MARIA Well. two. I haven't danced that since I was a little girl. not quite. and the music begins again.this way. Now.onto the terrace and joins them. KURT Show me. three. MARIA One. One. KURT Oh. turn under. Now. why didn't you children tell me you could dance? KURT We were afraid you'd make us all dance together -. MARIA Oh. It's an Austrian folk dance. step together. The Captain come out watching them dance.

She stops and he dances around her. Brigitta walks over. He holds out his hand. With shy smiles they clasp hands and do a series of graceful twirls. the guests applaud. hop. The music ends.uh -MARIA Kurt -KURT Um -MARIA We'll have to practice. Arms entwined. The Baroness.The Captain smiles and pulls on his white gloves. Hop. MARIA This way. KURT Hmm -. then takes it. The Captain cuts in. Kurt joins the other children. The Captain smiles tenderly. troubled. will you? KURT Mm-hmm. MARIA I don't remember any more. MARIA Is it? I don't suppose I'm used to dancing. Behind her. The Captain claps his hands as Maria dances around him. walks over to the Captain. the party guests also perform the courtly dance. CAPTAIN Do allow me. BRIGITTA Your face is all red. the Captain and Maria spin in a slow circle. The Baroness comes out and stops short as she sees them dancing and looking into each other's eyes. Maria steps back. step. They start to dance liltingly around the terrace. . and under. trying to hold her jealousy in check. Maria stares at the Captain in surprise. gazing deeply into each other's eyes. She hesitates. They share a dreamy gaze.

He glances back in Maria's direction. isn't it? BARONESS Oh. GRETL. children said good night. Maria and the children leave. Yeah. Seemed rather warm to me. Georg. You thought you wouldn't find a friend at the party. I don't know. that was beautifully done. The children line up in four rows on the front steps. Let's go. uh. Maria leads the guests out of the ballroom and into the front hall. cuckoo CHILDREN MARTA. (to children) Right? CHILDREN Right.BARONESS Why. Come on. then puts on a polite smile. We'll be in the hall in a moment. CAPTAIN Chilly out tonight. CHILDREN (singing) There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall And the bells in the steeple too And up in the nursery an absurd little bird Is popping out to say "cuckoo" MARTA. CAPTAIN Yes. In the ballroom. MARIA Yes. The Captain takes the Baroness' arm. Maria makes an announcement. I think it's time the. MARIA Ladies and gentlemen. BRIGITTA Regretfully they tell us . The children of Captain Von Trapp wish to say good night to you. GRETL. BARONESS All that needless worrying. Yes. What a lovely couple you make. BRIGITTA (singing) Cuckoo. We've got something very special prepared. The Captain purses his lips.

auf Wiedersehen LIESL (sings) I'd like to stay and taste my first champagne (spoken. to yieu and yieu and yieu Liesl kicks Friedrich upstairs. farewell. MARTA. auf Wiedersehen. adieu. auf Wiedersehen. goodbye .. farewell.Cuckoo. waving at the guests. to you The children march down the steps and line up in a row. CHILDREN (singing) So long. CHILDREN (singing) So long. All the children move over one spot in the line. farewell. All move over. CHILDREN (singing) So long.. Everyone moves over.. GRETL. cuckoo To say goodbye . to the Captain) Yes? CAPTAIN (spoken. BRIGITTA (singing) Cuckoo! CHILDREN (singing) . Pouting.. Liesl gets back in line where Kurt kicks her upstairs. dryly) No. au revoir. CHILDREN (singing) So long. auf Wiedersehen. adieu FRIEDRICH (sings) Adieu. good night MARTA (sings) I hate to go and leave this pretty sight Friedrich pretends to kick Marta in the rear which causes her to hurry upstairs. cuckoo But firmly they compel us Cuckoo. farewell.

They wave from the balcony. farewell. goodbye.(falsetto) Goodbye! The Captain waves Kurt away. I fleetly flee. CHILDREN (singing) So long. BRIGITTA (sings) I'm glad to go. really. skooching up the steps. I fly Like ballerinas. Brigitta steps forward. goodbye Liesl gathers Gretl in her arms and follows her brothers and sisters up the remaining stairs. Max drags Maria by the hand.KURT (sings) I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye -. MAX Georg. I float. MAX They're extraordinary. I cannot tell a lie LOUISA (sings) I flit. skip from side to side then twirl upstairs. CHILDREN (singing) Goodbye. GRETL (sings) The sun has gone to bed and so must I She lays her head on her hands and pretends to go to sleep. you're not going to let this girl get away. Gretl sits on the stairs. I-- . auf Wiedersehen. She has to join the party. goodbye GUESTS (singing) Goodbye! The party guests wave as the children disappear into their rooms. Georg. I must have a word with you. young lady. MARIA No. Brigitta and Louisa stretch their arms. What they would do at the festival! (to Maria) Oh.

FRANZ Whatever you say. ZELLER Oh. CAPTAIN You can if you want to. MAX Georg. (to the butler) Franz. set another place next to mine for Fraulein Maria. MARIA I'm not suitably dressed. Stop it. decides to follow Maria upstairs and exits.MAX (shushing Maria) Sh sh sh. please. you can change. would you have us believe that Austria alone . CAPTAIN Well. Maria is uneasy. Franz hesitates. in a daze) All right. well. You will be my dinner partner. BARON EBBERFELD Is there a more beautiful expression of what is good in this country of ours than the innocent voices of our children? The Baroness. The Captain chats with his guests. (quietly reassuring the Baroness) This is business. Baron. The Baroness glares. MARIA (to Max. come now. it appears to be all arranged. among them the Ebberfelds. Fraulein. MAX I insist. CAPTAIN Uh. thank you. BARONESS EBBERFELD Captain. Herr Detweiler. We'll wait for you. you must be very proud of your youngsters. Baroness. doesn't it? BARONESS (icily) It certainly does. Maria goes off to change. CAPTAIN I am. overhearing all this. Still uncertain.

I meant to accuse you. CUT TO: Upstairs in her room. The Captain turns to leave. Maria changes out of her dress.and sometimes . MARIA I-I-I.holds a monopoly on virtue? CAPTAIN Uh. Now. my dear. ostrich buries his head in the sand -. let's not pretend we .. ZELLER You flatter me. uh. BARONESS I'm delighted. Herr Zeller. Captain -.perhaps they would get further with you by setting their words to music. some of us prefer Austrian voices raised in song to ugly German threats. where is that lovely little thing you were wearing the other evening when the Captain couldn't keep his eyes off you? MARIA Couldn't keep his eyes off me? BARONESS Come. ZELLER The. The Captain stops and turns back to Zeller..really don't think I do have anything that would be appropriate. I have no doubt. Zeller and Max exchange glances. we are women. CAPTAIN Oh. CAPTAIN If the Nazis take over Austria. The Captain turns and walks away. Herr Zeller. how clumsy of me. MARIA It's very kind of you to offer to help me. BARONESS Now. Perhaps those would warn you that the Anschluss is coming -and it is coming. Captain. Baroness. that you will be the entire trumpet section. in the flag. Maria.

don't know when a man notices us.. I hope you're joking. gauzy. Men do. MARIA The Captain notices everybody and everything. BARONESS There's no need to feel so defensive. Maria. And what makes it so nice is . Maria grabs her carpetbag from beneath her bed and starts . you know. he think he's in love with you. you blushed in his arms when you were dancing just now. MARIA Baroness. After a moment of confusion. uh. He'll get over it soon enough I should think. You are quite attractive. MARIA But that's not true. The Captain would hardly be a man if he didn't notice you. There's nothing more irresistible to a man than a woman who's in love with him. The Baroness pulls Maria's simple. my dear. I should go. Putting her hands to her cheeks. Maria realizes the Baroness is right. MARIA But I've never done a thing to -BARONESS But you don't have to. MARIA In love with him? BARONESS Of course. The Baroness likes this idea but tries not to show it. BARONESS Here we are. BARONESS Not at all. BARONESS Surely you've noticed the way he looks into your eyes.. cool blue dress from the armoir. I mustn't stay here. MARIA Then. And you know. you know. BARONESS Don't take it to heart.

The Baroness takes a long sip and. . over the rim of her glass. The Baroness starts to leave. The Baroness stops. then hurries into the ballroom. She smiles fleetingly and walks out. MARIA Please don't say a word about this to the Captain. MARIA Yes. The Baroness grabs two glasses from a tray carried by a passing waiter and offers one to Max. eyes the Captain who stands on the opposite side of the room chatting with guests.stuffing it with clothes. BARONESS Goodbye. BARONESS Champagne. No. nothing. leaning against the bed in anguish. The Baroness goes to the door and turns back to Maria. BARONESS Perhaps. I'm sure you'll make a very fine nun. BARONESS No. BARONESS Is there something I can do to help? MARIA No. then continues to pack. MAX You know something. CUT TO: Downstairs. I wouldn't dream of it. darling? I feel like celebrating. the Baroness searches the front hall. Cheers. Maria watches her go. She takes her drab gray dress off the hanger and bows her head. She scans the crowd and weaves around the dancing couples to join Max. Maria.

I want those children in the festival. CUT TO: Upstairs. They waltz. twirling gracefully alongside their guests. BARONESS Wouldn't do you any harm. this is important to Austria. MAX I've thought of that. Finally. tell me how to get our little fraulein to use her influence with Georg. BARONESS Well. Maria emerges from her room. TRAPP VILLA . He . hesitates. either. She peeks over the balcony railing into the empty front hall below. She hands him her champagne glass and strides across the room to the Captain who takes her hand with a smile. maybe the one you have to be talking to is me. then hurries downstairs. FADE OUT INTERMISSION FADE IN EXT. and wearing her drab gray dress and leather hat. Setting her guitar by the front door. Max sits on the veranda overlooking the lake.MAX Then.DAY Several days later. she turns and hurries out the front door. and turns to drink in her surroundings for one last time. Elsa. Max studies the Baroness as she smiles coyly. Maria picks up her guitar. she takes an envelope out of her pocket and stealthily crosses the hall to carefully prop the letter on a marble table. carrying her bag and guitar. if it's a matter of influence. if you're so clever. She rushes back to the door.

They stand in a circle. throwing a large rubber ball. whatever you want. BARONESS (relieved) Oh. The Baroness bounces the ball to Brigitta who passes it to Louisa. much to Max's amusement. Louisa feints a throw at the Baroness who is completely faked out -. KURT Baroness Schraeder... counting off ("Two" "Three" "Four" etc. BARONESS Oh. dear. We'll do it again tomorrow. FRIEDRICH I'm number five. BARONESS Isn't this fun? Um .. The Baroness clearly has no interest or aptitude for playing children's games and the children are obviously bored.. yes.watches the Baroness play a game with the children. BARONESS Two. do you mind if we stop now? We're tired.and passes the ball to Liesl. as they toss the ball among themselves.). The ball makes the rounds again with the children listlessly counting ("Eight" "Two" "Four" . Liesl throws the ball to the Baroness who catches it in her stomach with an exclamation. (passes ball to Friedrich) Four .. Kurt throws the ball to the Baroness but it slips past her and she must chase it awkwardly in her high heels. She throws it awkwardly past Kurt. Max watches with concern. The children exchange grim glances and gather on a nearby bench to .) LIESL Six.. Nobody is having much fun.

Marta. MARTA I don't feel like singing. She raises her eyebrows in agreement. GRETL Not without Fraulein Maria. Come on. LOUISA What for? MAX Let's make believe we're standing on the stage at the Festival. MAX Liesl. MAX How do you plan to do it? BARONESS Darling. MAX I know what we'll do. MAX (chuckles) I get a fiendish delight thinking of you as the mother of seven. The children approach. there must be an easier way.watch the Baroness hurry up the steps to Max who pours a glass of pink lemonade from a pitcher on the table. What's the matter with all you gloomy pusses? BRIGITTA Nothing. BRIGITTA Uncle Max. The children protest mildly but Max presses on. BARONESS Mm hm. where's father? MAX I think he's in the house. get the guitar. MAX Everybody into the group. haven't you ever heard of a delightful little thing called boarding school? MAX Baroness Machiavelli. Let's have a rehearsal. get in your . isn't it? Have some lemonade. MAX (ironic) The country's so restful. You know your places. BARONESS Oh.

Be cheerful. MAX Friedrich. bless their hearts. Come on. that's right. All right. CAPTAIN (to the children) That's lovely. The children stop singing. MAX But you sang so beautifully the night of the party.. He pauses to watch and listen. try something you know. all of you. Now. MAX They just wanted to sing for me. The children sing listlessly but with a somber. . I've got a sore finger. right.places. CHILDREN (singing) The hills are alive with the sound of music The Captain comes out in his crisp gray and green suit. CHILDREN (singing) The hills fill my heart with the sound of music Gretl and Louisa follow Brigitta. CHILDREN (singing) With songs they have sung for a thousand years Brigitta stops singing and walks to the terrace railing. sing something. melancholic beauty. Disappointed. Max interrupts. be cheerful. Liesl plays. Give us the key. sensing that something's wrong and walks to Max. don't stop. why don't you sing? GRETL I can't. Liesl. impress me. Enjoy it. Liesl. Liesl plays the guitar. not all of them..well. The children begin to sing a few notes -. lovely. Gretl. MAX Now . Gretl shows Max a bandaged index finger. The Captain raises his eyebrows.

The Captain shudders. Fraulein Maria. I'm sure I did. I suppose it's true. CAPTAIN Hm? The Captain sits near the Baroness. BRIGITTA Father? CAPTAIN Yes. not too sour. (off the lemonade) I think I'm brave enough to try some of that. CAPTAIN Oh.They don't respond. BARONESS (off the lemonade) Not too sweet. LOUISA She didn't even say goodbye. darling? BRIGITTA About Fraulein Maria. darling. . (off the lemonade) What have we got here? BARONESS Pink lemonade. Brigitta? BRIGITTA Is it true Fraulein Maria isn't coming back? CAPTAIN Fraulein Maria? Yes. BARONESS Uh. She had to leave us. something long and cool. lemonade. And that's all there is to it. BRIGITTA I don't believe it. She said she missed her life at the Abbey too much. CAPTAIN She did in her note. Georg? CAPTAIN No thank you. Father. CAPTAIN Hm? Don't believe what. yes. Didn't I tell you what her note said? Oh. uh. MAX Laced with. LOUISA That isn't the same thing.

.THAT AFTERNOON . all right. CAPTAIN You're going to have a new mother. DISSOLVE TO: EXT.MAX Just too.. The children kiss the Baroness slowly and reluctantly. CHILDREN (astonished) We're not? CAPTAIN No. all right. pink.. you're not going to have a governess anymore.. Now. all right. and we're all going to be very happy. CAPTAIN Well . LIESL A new mother? CAPTAIN We talked about it last night. um. It's all settled. GRETL Father? CAPTAIN Hm? GRETL Who is our new governess going to be? Pausing in mid sip. run off and play. CAPTAIN (annoyed) Well. (to Baroness) Mmm? The Baroness smiles at him but the smile fades as she turns to the children who stare silently. ABBEY . The Baroness glances at Max who looks skeptical. The Captain squeezes the Baroness' shoulders. The Captain scowls and nods to the children and they step up one by one to kiss the Baroness on the cheek. glancing sullenly back at the Baroness and their father. the Captain glances at the Baroness. The children leave. (rises) .

GRETL We want her back. Maria! Come in. please? MARGARETTA I'm afraid I can't do that. GRETL It's very important. but you've got to. The nun unlocks the gate and the children enter. NUN Yes. my children? LIESL My name is Liesl.my brothers and sisters -. MARTA She's our governess. LIESL All we want to do is talk to her. .we want to see Fraulein Maria. please. NUN Wait here.In Salzburg. The nun holds up her hands. Liesl pulls a bell cord. FRIEDRICH We have to see her. Will you tell her we're here. LOUISA Oh. They see a nun sweep the cobblestone courtyard inside. Sister Margaretta glances at the children and joins them. We have to speak to her. the children cross a street below a castle on a hill and approach the Abbey's wrought iron gate. Liesl? LIESL We -. MARGARETTA I'm Sister Margaretta. NUN Fraulein Maria? Oh. KURT She didn't say even goodbye. Another nun approaches the locked gate and smiles warmly. NUN Yes. I understand you've been inquiring about Maria. The nun walks over to Sister Margaretta who stands talking with another nun.

Sister Margaretta ushers the children back out through the gate and shuts it behind them. Go on. please. She . Reverend Mother. some other time. I know she will. MOTHER ABBESS Perhaps I have been wrong in leaving her alone so long. children! FRIEDRICH I'm sure she'd like to see us. She hasn't been seeing anyone. Reverend Mother. Sister Margaretta? MARGARETTA The Von Trapp children. MOTHER ABBESS What was that about. FRIEDRICH She'll see us. GRETL I want to show her my finger.MARGARETTA I'm very sorry.. MARGARETTA Goodbye. children. It was sweet of you to call.. BRIGITTA Oh. children.she seems happy to be back here and yet . CHILDREN Please! Please! Sister Margaretta! Sister Margaretta! Sister Margaretta walks away. and yet she's unhappy too. I think . but Maria is in seclusion. MARGARETTA It's strange. Smiling gently. except in prayer. They want to see Maria. dear. MOTHER ABBESS Has she spoken yet? Has she told you anything? MARGARETTA She doesn't say a word. MARGARETTA Run along. MOTHER ABBESS Poor child. MARGARETTA Oh. I'll tell her that you were here. The Reverend Mother joins her. Run along home now.

even she's not yet ready. Tell me what happened. takes her hand and kneels at her feet. I-I left. DISSOLVE TO: INT.you'd better bring her to me. Reverend Mother.I was confused. take our new postulant to the robing room. MOTHER ABBESS You've been unhappy.I was frightened. MARIA (sits) Well. I-I was . MOTHER ABBESS Frightened? Were they unkind to you? MARIA Oh. MOTHER ABBESS Why did they send you back to us? MARIA They didn't send me back. no! No. my daughter. (to the young woman) God bless you. There is a knock at the door. . I'm sorry. MARGARETTA Yes. MOTHER ABBESS Yes.I've never felt that way before. MARIA Reverend Mother. MOTHER ABBESS' OFFICE . I couldn't stay. MOTHER ABBESS Ave! As Sister Augusta and the young woman in the green dress exit. She rushes to the Reverend Mother. Maria walks in wearing a black habit and a simple novitiate's wimple. Mother. bring her in. MOTHER ABBESS Sister Augusta. I-I felt -. Maria. I -. I knew that here I'd be away from it.LATER THAT DAY The Reverend Mother smiles at a young woman in a green dress and hat. Maria kisses her hand. MOTHER ABBESS Sit down. Sister Margaretta steps in and bows her head.

MOTHER ABBESS Maria. No. Please help me. too. You must go back. She . You must find out. MOTHER ABBESS My daughter. it doesn't mean you love God less. That's what's been torturing me. the love of a man and a woman is holy. Please. I'm ready at this moment to take my vows. What you must find out is how God wants you to spend your love. MOTHER ABBESS Did you let him see how you felt? MARIA If I did. To have asked for his love would have been wrong. MARIA But I pledged my life to God. but I-I didn't want to believe it. MOTHER ABBESS Maria. I could hardly breathe.I'd be safe. . let me stay. I beg of you. if you love this man. I was there on God's errand. I . our Abbey is not to be used as an escape. I just couldn't. Sister Margaretta nods politely and leaves. Oh. MOTHER ABBESS Him? (turns to the door) Thank you. Sister Margaretta. MARIA Oh. What is it you can't face? MARIA I can't face him again. MOTHER ABBESS Captain Von Trapp? Are you in love with him? MARIA I don't know! I don't know! The Baroness said I was. You have a great capacity to love.she said that he was in love with me. you can't ask me to do that. I couldn't stay. Mother. there were times when we would look at each other. I didn't know it.I've pledged my life to his service. Oh Mother. Oh.

The Reverend Mother gazes at a patterned. You have to face them. VON TRAPP TERRACE .MOTHER ABBESS Maria. .EARLY EVENING The Captain is questioning the children who have obviously just returned from their trip to Abbey. yellow glass window. You have to live the life you were born to live. MOTHER ABBESS (sings) Climb ev'ry mountain Search high and low Follow ev'ry by-way Every path you know Climb ev'ry mountain Ford ev'ry stream Follow ev'ry rainbow 'Till you find your dream A dream that will need All the love you can give Everyday of your life For as long as you live Climb ev'ry mountain Ford ev'ry stream Follow ev'ry rainbow 'Till you find your dream A dream that will need All the love you can give Everyday of your life For as long as you live Climb ev'ry mountain Ford ev'ry stream Follow ev'ry rainbow 'Till you find your dream DISSOLVE TO: EXT. these walls were not built to shut out problems.

. You were berry picking. Father? CAPTAIN You tell me. you must have some idea where you think we were. CHILDREN Yes. CAPTAIN All right. I see. Father? CAPTAIN Hm? LIESL Well. CAPTAIN Thousands? . CAPTAIN Ah. And it's not like my children to be late for dinner..CAPTAIN Now. Father. CAPTAIN All afternoon? CHILDREN Mm hm! LOUISA We picked thousands of them. CHILDREN Yes. CAPTAIN Mm hm. FRIEDRICH We lost track of the time. yes . if you don't believe us. Marta giggles at this. Father. LOUISA We're not being secretive. it's not like my children to be secretive. We were berry picking. yes. CAPTAIN (claps his hands) I forgot. now who's going to be the first one to tell me the truth? Friedrich? Brigitta? Liesl? LIESL Where do you think we were. CAPTAIN Aha! Marta! MARTA Yes. MARTA Friedrich told you.

CAPTAIN Very well. sir. Tsk. um. show me the berries you picked. CAPTAIN Strawberries? FRIEDRICH It's been so cold lately. Kurt looks at Brigitta who is supposed to be the smart one. ... too early for blueberries. tsk. CAPTAIN You don't have them anymore? Well. you can't be hungry anymore. CAPTAIN Awww .. affirming the tall tale. Liesl rolls her eyes. skip your dinner. Come on. we . CAPTAIN Well.. so I'll just have to simply tell Frau Schmidt to. CAPTAIN It's... they turned blue. show me the berries. we .. Since you've obviously stuffed yourselves full of thousands of delicious berries. CHILDREN Um . tsk! Very well. Brigitta looks like she's going to throw up. well . Friedrich winces. what happened to them? KURT We . CAPTAIN What kind of berries? FRIEDRICH Ah.. They were very delicious. uh. CAPTAIN Blueberries? (sounds yummy) Mmm mm. BRIGITTA (big smile) We ate them! CAPTAIN You ate them? CHILDREN (enthusiastically) Yes.The children all talk at once. The children chime in their agreement with the whole blueberry story.... blueberries. KURT We don't have them anymore.. FRIEDRICH They were strawberries.

she used to sing that song. smirking to himself. KURT It's all your fault.. BRIGITTA When Fraulein Maria wanted to feel better. Remember? LIESL Yes. CHILDREN (singing slowly and sadly) Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes Suddenly Maria's voice joins them.The Captain trots up the steps. Kurt scowls at Friedrich. CHILDREN (singing slowly and sadly) Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things GRETL Why don't I feel better? Liesl hugs Gretl. We just wanted to see her. KURT I wonder what grass tastes like . GRETL I feel awful.. KURT My stomach's making noises. LOUISA We didn't do anything wrong. MARTA The least they could have done was to let us say hello. CHILDREN AND MARIA Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes . You should have told him the truth. BRIGITTA Let's try it. FRIEDRICH And made him boiling mad at us? KURT It's better than staving to death. and goes into the house.

drops her guitar and carpetbag. MARIA Oh. Kurt. you all right? . Gretl shows Maria her bandaged finger. The children laugh. and gives them all a big hug. Maria touches Gretl's and Marta's faces lovingly. Maria runs to the children (who run to her). how are you? KURT Hungry. I'm so glad to see you! MARTA We missed you! MARIA Oh. MARIA Caught in what? GRETL Friedrich's teeth. MARIA Gretl. MARIA Silver white winters that melt into springs These are a few of my favorite things Wearing the green dress that belonged to the new postulant. MARIA AND THE CHILDREN (singing happily) When the dog bites When the bee stings When I'm feeling sad I simply remember my favorite things And then I don't feel so bad Kneeling. what happened to your finger? GRETL It got caught. Everyone laughs. Everyone laughs. She blows a kiss to Louisa. MARIA Liesl.The children stop singing and start chattering with excitement. children. I missed you.

The Captain looks down at them. Liesl. Father. The children see the Captain on the veranda. MARIA Married? LOUISA Yes. BRIGITTA The most important thing is that Father's going to be married. everyone inside. look! Look! FRIEDRICH Father. I have so much to tell you all. CHILDREN Dinner! Dinner! The children happily rush into the house. MARIA Many telegrams been delivered here lately? LIESL None at all. Oh. CAPTAIN Good evening. I see ..LIESL Just fair. All right. MARIA I'm sure you do. too. The Captain walks down to Maria. even to the children. Fraulein Maria's come back from the Abbey. Fraulein. You have to face them. Forgive me. Captain... MARIA Well. . MARIA (stunned) Oh. you can't use school to escape your problems. MARIA Good evening. MARIA Oh. it was wrong of me. CAPTAIN You left without saying goodbye . LOUISA We have things to tell you. But I'm learning to accept it. to Baroness Schraeder. CHILDREN Oh. Go and get your dinner. I'll be glad when school begins..

and you too. joins the Captain. Georg? MARIA May I wish you every happiness. BARONESS Thank you. BARONESS I really must speak to cook about the wienerschnitzel. MARIA Only until arrangements can be made for another governess. watches her gaze across the water. you've returned. the reason no longer exists. smiles awkwardly and looks down at Maria. and shakes her head. in a striking red dress that contrasts with Maria's cool blue one. stay? Maria stops. Maria runs up the steps. on a second floor balcony. Captain. Baroness. VON TRAPP TERRACE .NIGHT Maria strolls toward the edge of the lake. Isn't it wonderful. She smiles winningly and walks with him inside. then gives the Captain's arm a squeeze. uh. Anyway. The children tell me you're going to be married. The Baroness watches the Captain watch Maria enter the house. It is . CAPTAIN You are back to. BARONESS (giggles) There you are! The Captain stiffens. The Captain smiles at the Baroness and takes her hand. BARONESS Fraulein Maria. The Baroness comes out. turns back. my dear. The Baroness steels herself. The Baroness. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. The Captain.CAPTAIN Why did you? MARIA Please don't ask me.

I'm being dishonest to both of us . you and I. BARONESS You have no idea what kind of trouble I'm having tying to decide what to give you for a wedding present.... and return to Vienna where I belong. And-and-and then I thought perhaps a villa in the south of France but they are so difficult to gift wrap. Georg? CAPTAIN It's no use . Now.. hm? CAPTAIN Elsa. At first. if. I'll go inside. uh. And somewhere out there is a young lady who I think . Georg. When two people talk of marriage .. Georg. you're much too independent and I-I need someone who needs me desperately. needs my money desperately. Fond as I am of you. if you'll forgive me. You see. BARONESS No. I-I thought of a fountain pen but you've already got one. please. there are other things I've been thinking of. BARONESS And . there must be someplace better to go.. don't. now that is a real problem. Elsa. Or at least. I do thank you for that. and utterly unfair to you.. Or was it the wine? CAPTAIN Oh.and where to go on our honeymoon. um. Then I said oh. And it makes you much too quiet at the dinner table. how do you feel about yachts? A long sleek one for the Mediterranean and a tiny one for your bathtub. pack my little bags. ... Elsa . Oh.entirely too delicious for my figure. Don't worry. I know I'm enough. BARONESS Yes. will never be a nun. (chuckles) But I do want you to have some little trifle for the occasion.. undoubtedly the wine. darling-CAPTAIN Look. Oh.. I really don't think you're the right man for me. Don't say another word. You're. I've enjoyed every moment we've had together. I thought a trip around the world would be lovely. um..

please. Why did you run away to the Abbey? And what was it that made you come back? . startled. He watches the Baroness walk away. She looks self-consciously at her lap. then returns his gaze to the lake. MARIA (rises) Was . CAPTAIN Uh. no. may I? She nods and he sits on the opposite end of the bench. The Captain approaches and stands by a tree. I thought I just might find you here. darling. blinks his eyes reflectively. two things. CAPTAIN Hello.was there something you wanted? CAPTAIN Mm? No.. Elbows on her knees. CAPTAIN (laughs) You know. no. I was thinking and I was wondering . The Captain asks permission sit down. DISSOLVE TO: In the moonlit garden next to the glass-walled gazebo. CAPTAIN Please. BARONESS Auf Wiedersehen. CAPTAIN I. Maria sits up. Sit down. She stands still. no. she knits her fingers together and stares downward.The Captain's eyes widen in surprise. She sits as he scans the grounds. Maria sits on one end of a stone bench.. She kisses him on the cheek. giving her a friendly smile. then his face relaxes into a smile.

. uh . MARIA Well. She stops. only hoping that perhaps you . um.MARIA Well. CAPTAIN No... I'm sorry.... uh. called off our engagement. MARIA Yes? CAPTAIN Well. I had an obligation to fulfill and I -. Yes! Isn't it right I should have missed them? CAPTAIN Oh. Is that all? MARIA And I missed the children. CAPTAIN Maria . um . CAPTAIN Mm. . uh . only the children? MARIA No.. MARIA I don't understand. then rises and walks away.. we've. And I just thought perhaps you might.. yes. Uh. you see. CAPTAIN There isn't going to be any Baroness. uh. I'm sure the Baroness will be able to make things fine for you. and... uh.. change your mind? She studies his face. MARIA Oh. CAPTAIN Well. yes. nothing was the same when you were away and it'll be wrong again after you leave. perhaps you might. of course! I was. CAPTAIN Yes.I came back to fulfill it. MARIA There isn't? He walks past her into the gazebo and she follows.

CAPTAIN Yes. you can't marry someone when you're in love with someone else. Maria? MARIA I think I have. You are? MARIA Mm hmm. CAPTAIN And have you found it. somewhere He opens a window. Then he kisses her tenderly. MARIA (sighs) Reverend Mother always says. can this be happening to me? (sings) Perhaps I had a wicked childhood Perhaps I had a miserable youth But somewhere in my wicked. "When the Lord closes a door. She puts her head to his shoulder. miserable past There must have been a moment of truth For here you are. can you? Maria shakes her head. CAPTAIN Is that why you came back? Maria nods. MARIA Oh. The Captain cups her chin in his hand and pulls her gently toward him. loving me Whether or not you should So somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good Nothing comes from nothing ." CAPTAIN What else does the Reverend Mother say? MARIA That you have to look for your life. standing there. Well. I know I have. CAPTAIN I love you. You did? CAPTAIN Yes.

. . He laughs. CAPTAIN Oh.. my love. MARIA AND THE CAPTAIN (singing) Something good They kiss. why don't we ask .Nothing ever could So somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good CAPTAIN (spoken) Do you know when I first started loving you? That night at the dinner table when you sat on that ridiculous pine cone. silhouetted in moonlight.. They stand in the gazebo doorway. standing there. loving me Whether or not you should MARIA (sings) So somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good MARIA AND THE CAPTAIN (singing) Nothing comes from nothing Nothing ever could MARIA (sings) So somewhere in my youth CAPTAIN (sings) Or childhood MARIA (sings) I must have done something . CAPTAIN (sings) For here you are.. CAPTAIN Maria? Is there anyone I should go to to ask permission to marry you? MARIA Well. MARIA What? (laughs) I knew the first time you blew that silly whistle.

. Marta and Gretl carry baskets of flowers.. Maria lifts the hem. the children? DISSOLVE TO: ABBEY . Two nuns adjust Maria's white bridal veil.CAPTAIN AND MARIA . Hundreds of guests are present. held in place by a wreath of ivy.she inhales its aroma deeply. Organ music. walks down the steps and kneels before the Reverend Mother who makes the sign of the cross over Maria's head. Maria walks toward the Captain who wears a black dress uniform.. The Reverend Mother looks up at Maria who stands atop some steps. They exit through a doorway into . Marta and Gretl walk down a large marble aisle.DAY Wedding bells ring. baroque cathedral behind an iron gate which the Reverend Mother opens for Maria. Maria and the nuns enter a large. Liesl. The veil's white crinoline falls all the way to the floor. NUNS' VOICES (singing) How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? How do you find a word that means Maria? . dozens of nuns fall into step behind her. greets Maria.Liesl hands Maria a bouquet -.. Maria smiles at the nuns who smile back. .. the maid of honor.. Liesl. spreading into a train behind Maria's beautifully unadorned gown made of shiny white satin. the wide cobblestone courtyard of the Abbey's cloister. The Reverend Mother closes the gate and stays on the cloister side with the other nuns.

Maria. She takes it and they approach a forty foot high altar. It stops outside an ancient amphitheatre. Maria arrives and the Captain holds out his hand. A massive Nazi flag. how do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand? Marta and Gretl join the other children in a set of pews. then careens under a passage between two buildings. Nuns beam proudly behind the iron gate. In a bell tower. passing his hand through the air. making the sign of the cross. WEEKS LATER From a single swinging bell that tolls darkly we PAN DOWN to a plaza outside the cathedral. and Max all kneel at once before a high priest who blesses the couple. Paintings and statues of saints and angels adorn the elaborate gilded altar.A flibbertijibbet! A will-o'-the wisp! A clown! Many a thing you know you'd like to tell her Many a thing she ought to understand But how do you make her stay And listen to all you say? How do you keep a wave upon the sand? Oh. the Captain. Liesl. Armed troops march across the cobblestone square. AMPHITHEATER The Von Trapp children stand at the edge of a stone stage talking with . the Austrian countryside visible in the distance. A soldier opens the rear door and Herr Zeller and a Nazi officer walk brusquely past him and straight inside. hangs from a four-story building. A boy rides a bell rope up and down through the air. wedding bells chime. A black convertible drives through the plaza. Max is best man. its swastika looking like a black spider.

Zeller holds out his arm in a Nazi salute. MAX Oh. Heil Hitler. Herr Zeller. MAX I don't think the Cap -ZELLER The housekeeper told me that I would find you here. ZELLER Herr Detweiler. good afternoon. He stands on the floor below. Incidentally. ZELLER I have just come from the house of Captain Von Trapp. ZELLER Perhaps you've not heard. ZELLER Heil Hitler. MAX What kind of information are you looking for? ZELLER We want to know when the Captain will be returning. I'm now the Gauleiter. But we have dealt with that situation. the only one in the neighborhood not flying the flag of the Third Reich since the Anschluss. MAX Oh-ah. how many men do you know who communicate with their children while on their honeymoon? ZELLER When he does return. he's not been in touch with us. MAX Well. It was the only information the woman would give me. he's on his honeymoon trip. .Max. Uh. he will be expected to fill his proper position in the new order. ZELLER Are you asking me to believe that the Captain has not communicated with his children in over a month? MAX Herr Zeller. Heil Hitler.

Kurt. look. and may I congratulate you. The thing to do these days is to get along with everybody. let's go home. GRETL Why am I always last? MAX Because you are the most important. darling. Come on. Marta and Gretl. naturally. on deciding to allow the festival to go on tonight as planned? ZELLER Why should it not go on? Nothing in Austria has changed. Here are your names -. GRETL Why was he so cross? MAX Everybody's cross these days. Outside the amphitheatre. Zeller clicks his heels and exits. children. GRETL (pleased) Ohhh! MAX There we go. Friedrich. he doesn't have to be. the children follow Max to a large open car and start to climb in. Austria is the same.Liesl.MAX Naturally. LIESL Is Father going to be in trouble? MAX Well. I want you all to remember that tonight at the concert. Singing and music will show this to the world. (off the festival program) The Von Trapp Family Singers. Louisa. MARTA Maybe the flag with the black spider on it makes people nervous. BRIGITTA Are we really going to sing before a whole lot of people tonight? MAX Of course. your people. . Brigitta. MAX (saluting without conviction) Heil Hitler. that is. Heil Hitler.

are you sure Father will approve of our singing in public? MAX Oh. And your father better be too if he knows what's good for him. I'm so glad to see you. LIESL What is it? ROLFE It's a telegram from Berlin. Rolfe appears. LIESL Don't you want to come over tonight and deliver it yourself? ROLFE I'm now occupied with more important matters. ROLFE I know that. LIESL But. do you think so? MAX Don't you trust me? BRIGITTA No! MAX You're a very intelligent girl. Rolfe -- . It's been such -ROLFE Good afternoon. ROLFE Liesl! Liesl! LIESL Rolfe! Rolfe. he'll be pleased and proud. You will take this please and deliver it to your father as soon as he comes home. LIESL He's on his honeymoon. LIESL You do? ROLFE We make it our business to know everything about everyone. in a brown Nazi uniform.BRIGITTA Uncle Max. LIESL Who's we? ROLFE See that he gets it. BRIGITTA Liesl.

Max and the children pull into the driveway. but we couldn't get through. The Captain joins Maria and the children. CAPTAIN (to the children) Well. Did you bring us anything? The children swarm around the Captain and Maria. well! We missed you! MARIA We missed kissing you good night. We tried -The Captain shows the flag to Max. He rips the flag in half. How are you? FRIEDRICH Oh. CAPTAIN (quietly. VON TRAPP VILLA . . Georg. CHILDREN We wanted to meet your train. we tried to.Rolfe turns and walks away from Liesl without so much as a backward glance -the Nazis have got him totally brainwashed! Liesl sadly watches him go. to Max) We came back as fast as we could. Hello. CHILDREN Father! You came so soon. well. CUT TO: EXT. FRIEDRICH We didn't expect you so soon. why didn't you telephone us? MARIA Well. CAPTAIN Hello. The Captain rolls up the flag and hides it behind his back.LATER THAT DAY The Captain yanks down a Nazi flag from above his front door. snatching up Marta and giving her a big hug. well. MAX I had nothing to do with that. MARIA Hello. well. Hello.

The Captain winks at Maria. we missed hearing you sing. BRIGITTA We're going to sing in the festival tonight. MAX They'll be the talk of the festival. Brigitta takes a program from Max's hand and shows it to Maria. I had to make a lastminute decision. Imagine seven children in one family. MARIA Mostly. I mean Mother.. CAPTAIN Max . Liesl stays with Maria. Max tries to laugh it off. you came back just in time. to Max) We'll talk about this inside. I would have told you but you were away. CAPTAIN (off the program. The children laugh. and the Captain walk inside. BRIGITTA Oh. good! The children run into the house. CAPTAIN (to the children) All right! Surprises for you on the terrace. .CAPTAIN We missed all the noise you make in the morning telling each other to be quiet. BRIGITTA Look. Liesl. MAX (to the Captain) Surprise! Surprise! The Captain manages a grin and a chuckle. The children laugh. CHILDREN Presents! Oh. MARIA What? As the children all chatter at once. I was fortunate to enter them all. the Captain takes the program and shoots Max a dirty look. MAX Georg. Maria.. Fraulein Maria... Max.

I can't ask him to be less than he is. . what did they say? MAX I have never heard such enthusiasm. don't you think just this once . Max. Max presses his thumb to his lips. This is for you.CAPTAIN Max! Somehow I recall having made it quite clear to you how I feel about my family singing in public. MARIA Oh. darling. You must convince him.. he's got to at least to pretend to work with these people. this is for Austria.. He takes it and walks off. MAX But the committee heard them. either. Liesl walks over and hands the Captain the telegram. Maria and Liesl walk arm in arm to the drawing room. MARIA (to the Captain) Oh. As he leaves. MAX Georg. Max. MAX Maria. Maria and Liesl watch worriedly. well. LIESL Father. sometimes I don't believe I know you. it wouldn't do me any good. CAPTAIN For Austria? (laughs darkly) There is no Austria! MAX But the Anschluss happened peacefully. it'll be a reflection on Austria. If the children don't sing at the festival. I know. Let's at least be grateful for that. MARIA Max. CAPTAIN Grateful!? You know. Liesl pulls out Rolfe's telegram. ? CAPTAIN Absolutely out of the question. I forgot. MAX (sighs) Then I'll talk to him. They were enchanted.

MARIA I like hearing it. what do you do when you think you love someone. MARIA Very much. I mean. LIESL Do you really think so? MARIA (sings) When you're sixteen going on seventeen Waiting for life to start Somebody kind who touches your mind Will suddenly touch your heart LIESL (sings) . LIESL Mother. And for you it will be just as wonderful I promise. It always does. MARIA How can you? LIESL Sometimes I feel the world is coming to an end. But I don't. I really don't. you cry a little and then you wait for the sun to come out. LIESL You love Father very much. MARIA Well. I can tell you do. I like calling you Mother. LIESL There's so many things I think I should know. Liesl. MARIA It was that way with me.LIESL Mother? MARIA Hm? LIESL That sounds so nice. LIESL Yes. MARIA And then you feel it's just beginning. when you stop loving someone or when he stops loving you? They sit on a small sofa.

Just . the Captain appears with the opened telegram in his hand. CAPTAIN Liesl! The Captain beckons to Liesl.. They've offered me a commission in their navy. she hurries out.. His expression is grave. or two . Suddenly.. MARIA (sings) .When that happens. then nods for her to leave. MARIA AND LIESL (singing) .... I've been requested to accept immediately and report to their naval base at Bremerhaven tomorrow.. She rises. sixteen going on seventeen Wait a year . her grin fading. ... The Captain gives her hand a reassuring squeeze and pats her cheek with the backs of his fingers. wait a year or two They grin and touch foreheads. after it happens Nothing is quite the same Somehow I know I'll jump up and go If ever he calls my name MARIA (sings) Gone are your old ideas of life The old ideas grow dim Lo and behold you're someone's wife And you belong to him You may think this kind of adventure Never may come to you Darling. MARIA What it is? CAPTAIN Berlin. LIESL (sings) I'll wait a year ... Smiling..

. rolls into view from a side path. Maria looks at him nervously.THAT NIGHT We look down through the elegant wrought-iron front gate to a circle of grass lined with neatly trimmed shrubs. CAPTAIN Get the children all together. CAPTAIN To refuse them would be fatal for all of us.unthinkable.MARIA I knew something like this would happen.. He kisses Maria on the forehead. Don't say anything that's going to make them worry. IN FRONT OF THE VON TRAPP VILLA . steered by Friedrich. Maria and the children wear wool. Following on foot... CAPTAIN By the time you've made the announcement. button-collared capes and hats or scarves. then he pulls her into a comforting hug. I didn't think it would be so soon. The Von Trapp's black car. and Kurt push it from behind. it breaks my heart when I think of a certain singing group that will not appear at the festival tonight. And joining them would be -. Max. (scans the front hall) . DISSOLVE TO: EXT. The grass is surrounded by the circular gravel driveway and high walls to the left and right. We've got to get out of Austria and this house . The Captain. The Captain wears a green wool jacket and hat. we'll be over the border. Just get them ready. MAX (quietly) It not only strains my back.. Max turns to the Captain. and they walk into the front hall. slips an arm around her shoulders. tonight.

Bright lights flash on. .MAX I hope you appreciate the sacrifice I'm making. Liesl. LIESL Will we be coming back here? MARIA Someday. CAPTAIN You have no choice. then runs back to continue pushing. Franz. MARTA Why doesn't Father turn the motor on? KURT (too loudly) Because he doesn't want anyone to hear us! CAPTAIN Sh! The Captain scowls at Kurt. Kurt runs ahead and opens the gate. That's why I'm making it. I do hope someday. they scurry to climb into the car. the butler. Louisa looks at Maria. They all freeze and turn to see that the lights are the headlights of two automobiles beside which stands Gauleiter Zeller and a squad of Nazi soldiers. watches them from the window wearing a dour expression. we look down on the family and car approaching the front gate. MAX I know. As the Von Trapp's pass through the gate. GRETL Are Father and Uncle Max going to push the car all the way to Switzerland? MARIA Shh! From a second story window in the villa. LOUISA What will Frau Schmidt and Franz say when they discover we're gone? MARIA They'll be able to answer truthfully they didn't know anything about it if anyone asks them.

ZELLER Something wrong with your car. CAPTAIN Well.. all of us.and Karl gets in. ZELLER Excellent. The stiff. ZELLER Fix Captain Von Trapp's car so that it will start. CAPTAIN I'm afraid that's going to be quite impossible. the engine starts up on the first try. Herr Zeller. ZELLER I have my orders -. uh. (to the Captain) I've not asked you where you and your family are going .the Captain steps aside with a cordial smile -. apparently. As a matter of fact. A telegram from Admiral Von Schreiber of the Navy of the Third Reich. ZELLER You were sent a telegram which you did not answer.at least. that the contents of telegrams in Austria are private -.. nor have you asked me why I'm here.. the Austria I know. ZELLER Karl! Nazi soldier Karl steps forward. the entire family. He gives Karl a friendly pat on the shoulder and shrugs at Zeller. Karl marches over to the car -. Karl. we couldn't get it started. MARIA I just hope we're not too late. that's where we were going now. we're both suffering from a deplorable lack of curiosity. Of course.. singing in the festival tonight. CAPTAIN I was under the impression. unsmiling Karl rejoins Zeller. . The Captain smiles and shakes his head as if amazed. Captain? CAPTAIN Yes. um. Yo u see we. Couldn't possibly let them down now. as a matter of fact. will be .and they are to take you personally to Bremerhaven tonight where you will accept your commission.

I. this night air is not good for the children's voices. these travel clothes that you're all wearing? MARIA Our costumes. CAPTAIN Like you. Zeller looks thoughtful. we will escort the Von Trapp Family Singers to the festival. Herr Zeller. ZELLER Well. am a man of hidden talents. Captain! After all. naturally. CAPTAIN It says the Von Trapp Family Singers. Now. am I not? ZELLER And these. we would not want . um.. will be taken to Bremerhaven. But only because that's the way I want it to be. Program. you will sing. ZELLER It says here only the names of the children. here. ZELLER And you ask me to believe this -. It will demonstrate that nothing in Austria has changed. Zeller studies it skeptically.. Max walks over and hands Zeller the program.that you. Maria and the Captain exchange conspiratorial glances. Captain Von Trapp.CAPTAIN Yes. it will be a performance beyond anything even I've dreamt of. you. ZELLER Necessary?! A pleasure. CAPTAIN No escort will be necessary. um. And when you are finished singing. a slight delay in my orders will not be serious . if you will all get into your car. Herr Zeller. too. MAX Yes. And I'm the head of the Von Trapp family. You will all sing. are singing in a concert? MAX Believe me. Herr Zeller. therefore. Captain Von Trapp.

As Maria and the children bow. The spotlight follows him to center stage. a judge marks his ballot.. In the shadows. then speaks into the mike. and gets in the car. Max hands him the guitar. CAPTAIN I know you share this love. Austrians. Karl sits scowling beside Zeller who forces himself to clap. I shall not be seeing you again. Max eyes Nazi sentries posted around the theater. In the front row.. I would like to sing. Maria and .. nods to Maria.you to get lost in the crowds. watches the family who stand center stage in a large spotlight singing a complex arrangement of "Do Re Mi" . The song comes to an end and there is a tremendous storm of applause from the audience. He glances at Max who holds up a guitar and raises his eyebrows questioningly. I pray that you will never let it die. would we? CAPTAIN (whispers) No.. for you now. The children pile into the Von Trapp car. a love song. DISSOLVE TO: AT THE FESTIVAL . perhaps for a very long time.LATER THAT EVENING The huge festival audience. CAPTAIN My fellow . From one side of the stage. Zeller grins smugly and returns to his car. a full house. The Captain crosses his fingers. the Captain steps forward to a microphone. The Captain spots Zeller in the front row. The Captain nods to him. then gives Maria a reassuring nod.

. edelweiss Every morning you greet me Small and white... MARIA (sings) Small and white. clean. ALL THE GOOD AUSTRIANS IN THE AUDIENCE Blossom of snow.. edel.. choked with emotion.. and bright . THE CAPTAIN AND THE CHILDREN You look happy to meet me The Captain waves to the audience. and then the audience gives a large round of applause. Zeller shifts uncomfortably. Maria steps in from the wings. . He blinks.the children move offstage. clean and bright You look happy to meet me Blossom of snow. MARIA. followed by the children. The Captain strums the guitar and sings. urging them to join in. Max comes out on stage and whispers to the family.. charged with emotion. edelweiss Bless my homeland forever Looking out over the audience. may you bloom and grow Bloom and grow forever Edelweiss. edelweiss Bless my homeland forever There is a moment of silence. CAPTAIN (sings with faltering voice) Edelweiss. MARIA AND THE CAPTAIN . CAPTAIN (sings) Edelweiss. the Captain's smile wavers. may you bloom and grow Bloom and grow forever Edelweiss..

I shall miss the money I could've made with you. long time. the family Von Trapp again . He carries the Captain's guitar to the microphone. cuckoo But firmly they compel us Cuckoo. ladies and gentlemen. Max blows a kiss to the family. Even now officials are waiting in this auditorium to escort Captain Von Trapp to his new command in the naval forces of the Third Reich. singing) Cuckoo. The crowd murmurs and grumbles at this. This will be the last opportunity the Von Trapps will have of singing together for a long. cuckoo CAPTAIN: CHILDREN: Regretfully they tell us Cuckoo. to bid you farewell.. The audience applauds. MAX And so. MARIA (sings) There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall And the bells in the steeple too And up in the nursery an absurd little bird Is popping out to say "cuckoo" CHILDREN (peeking out from behind their parents. MAX Thank you. THE FAMILY (sings) . I shall miss all of you.MAX I think it'll work. except of course we don't know yet what that conclusion will be. The festival competition has come to its conclusion. And while the judges are arriving at their decision I have been given permission to offer you an encore. cuckoo To say goodbye ... Music begins. The children line up behind Maria and the Captain. thank you.. ladies and gentlemen.

... to you The Captain salutes and they all form a line across the stage. THE FAMILY (sings) So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night KURT AND MARTA (singing) We hate to go and miss this pretty sight Kurt and Marta walk off stage and into a shadowy hallway. The rest of the family waves. THE FAMILY (sings) So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu FRIEDRICH AND LIESL (singing) Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu Friedrich and Liesl bow, then exit into the hallway. They glance back at the family nervously. THE FAMILY (sings) So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye BRIGITTA AND LOUISA (singing) We flit, we float, we fleetly flee, we fly Brigitta and Louisa kick their legs back, then dance hurriedly offstage. THE CAPTAIN, MARIA AND GRETL (singing) So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye GRETL (sings) The sun has gone to bed and so must I Goodbye! Maria gives a gentle push to Gretl who exits. MARIA (sings) Goodbye! The Captain puts his arm around Maria.

CAPTAIN (sings) Goodbye! MARIA AND THE CAPTAIN (singing) Goodbye! Maria and the Captain exit hand in hand as the music comes to an end and the audience applauds. A woman in a green, feathered hat slips a paper into an envelope. She hands it to a man who hands it to Max on stage. Max opens it and walks slowly to the microphone. He picks up the mike and carries it to center stage. MAX Ladies and gentlemen, I have here the decision of our distinguished judges. We will start with the award for third prize. For this honor, the judges have named the first soloist of the choir of St. Agathe's church in Murbach, Fraulein Schweiger. A trumpet fanfare. The audience applauds. A spotlight picks up Fraulein Schweiger walking onto the stage from the shadowy hallway. Grinning and bowing all the while, she runs up to Max who hands her a bouquet of flowers. He bows to her then claps. She keeps on grinning and bowing. Max bows awkwardly again. The audience laughs at all this bowing. Max beckons an usher who steps out of the shadows and escorts her offstage. More applause. She keeps grinning and bowing. MAX Second prize to -- the Toby Reiser Quintet. A trumpet fanfare. Applause. The spotlight reveals the quintet as they come out onto the stage. They bow to the audience, shake hands with Max, and then exit. MAX And the first prize, the highest honor in all Austria, to the Von

Trapp Family Singers! Max flourishes a hand toward the hallway. A trumpet fanfare. A large round of applause. The spotlight searches for the Von Trapp family, but they don't appear. Zeller peers up at Max. As the applause dies out, Max tries again to summon the family. MAX The family Von Trapp! Trumpet fanfare. Applause. But no family Von Trapp appears. Zeller scowls at Max. Suddenly, Karl comes running into the spotlight and shouts. KARL They're gone! Zeller leaps up. Max clenches his jaw in suppressed triumph and relief. DISSOLVE TO: AT THE ABBEY - LATER THAT NIGHT Zeller's patrol -- two vehicles with their sirens on -- reach the Abbey. Uniformed Nazis scramble out. They go storming toward the Abbey door. INSIDE THE ABBEY The Von Trapps confer with the Reverend Mother. The Abbey door bell rings. MOTHER ABBESS Come with me. She leads the family to a tall wooden door. They exit into it. MOTHER ABBESS Quickly, quickly. I have a place you can hide. Sister Berthe walks toward the front door. MOTHER ABBESS (to Berthe) Slowly, slowly. As Berthe enters the stone hallway leading to the gate, we see Zeller, Karl,

Maria. Arched openings in one wall reveal tall mountains beyond. nods. ZELLER Hurry up. it was right for you to come here. CAPTAIN All right. woman! She continues to smile peacefully. Elsewhere. we didn't realize we'd put the Abbey in this danger. She slides the key into the lock. MARIA Reverend Mother. SISTER BERTHE Good evening. (looks at the mountains) Then . the borders are closed. Maria leads the children inside. You two. the Reverend Mother leads the family through an enclosed graveyard.and a half dozen soldiers standing outside. I've been listening to the wireless. MOTHER ABBESS No. Six of you. A group of soldiers runs across the cobblestone courtyard. ZELLER Two men in there. The borders have just been closed. fan out and cover the yard. The soldiers run through the Abbey. At the far end of the graveyard. Then walk off in a different direction. ZELLER (impatiently) Open this gate! Sister Berthe smiles serenely. CAPTAIN We thought we might borrow your caretaker's car. and slowly opens the gate. Zeller and his squad march in. glance at Sister Margaretta near the tall wooden door. MOTHER ABBESS I'm afraid our car would do you no good now. cover the corridor. she unlocks a gate into a crypt.

The Reverend Mother locks the gate and hands the key to the Captain. MOTHER ABBESS God be with you. MARIA But the children? CAPTAIN We'll help them. They'll be all right. darling. The family hides in two groups behind the large monuments. The Captain peers out from behind his monument. then stiffens. This is one time it would not help.we'll drive up into the hills and go over those mountains on foot. She leaves. you will not be alone. MOTHER ABBESS Maria. too. Hold tight to me. Flashlights appear at the other side of the graveyard." MARIA Yes. Father. The Captain . BRIGITTA Me. Footsteps. MARTA I'm scared. Mother. She clasps his hand then makes the sign of the cross. Maria hugs the Reverend Mother. You must be very quiet. He holds a finger to his lips. FRIEDRICH We can do it without help. lined with large monuments. Maria joins the others in the crypt's hallway. Maria hugs her. which is about ten feet tall. GRETL Mother? MARIA Yes? GRETL Would it help if we sang about our favorite things? MARIA No. Remember: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.

He faces the crypt. Maria crouches. moving ever closer to the family. then suddenly snaps it off. . Karl approaches a gate at the far end of the crypt hallway. One soldier holds a flashlight and uses it to scan the dirt floor for footprints. Karl arrives at their gate. Maria taps Friedrich on the shoulder. Marta. nods. hidden behind monuments at a gate in the middle of the crypt hallway. He walks away. Louisa huddles beside them. and tucks himself into a lower crouch. Two soldiers accompany him as he tries to open the gate. Maria looks at the Captain who huddles with Kurt. and Brigitta. Karl directs his light along the crypt's stone walls. Karl leads five brown-uniformed soldiers past the gravestones. Carrying a flashlight. It's Rolfe. Grasping its curlicued wrought iron bars. It rattles but does not open. followed by all the other soldiers. The Captain stares at Maria with wide eyes. holding tight to his children. Liesl. KARL Come on. he peers at the stone monument behind which Maria hides.ducks behind his monument. Behind her monument. another soldier arrives at the graveyard. still holding Gretl. Karl makes a final pass with his light. her back to the stone. He approaches the Von Trapps. climbing some stairs from another direction. let's try the roof. then he moves along the length of the crypt. As they exit. Maria and Gretl try to avoid the flashlight's roving beam. Karl's light shines on a monument only a few yards away from Maria's. trying one gate after another. he glances at her.

Still hidden. CAPTAIN Rolfe! Wait! The Captain unlocks the gate and slips out quickly to face Rolfe. As the Captain nods. CAPTAIN Put that down. then creeps toward the locked gate... Rolfe swings the beam from Maria to the Captain and Liesl. children . The Captain slowly peeks out from his hiding place. the family steps out into the open. Liesl and the Captain exchange glances. wide-eyed and waiting. . Rolfe backs away. please! Rolfe stares at Liesl for a moment. drawing his pistol. ROLFE (to the Captain) I-It's you we want..but too late -. Rolfe walks away from the crypt. The Captain pauses for a moment. and holds his flashlight at the ready. CAPTAIN Maria . Everyone freezes. hides behind a gravestone at the center of the graveyard. But he turns away pretending he has not heard Liesl's gasp. Rolfe is nowhere in sight. then reaches into his pocket for a whistle.she gasps and we know Rolfe hears her because he flinches.. Suddenly Rolfe appears and points his flashlight directly into the crypt.Liesl sees him and claps her hand to her mouth -. He gestures to the steps from which Rolfe arrived and they hurry down behind him. Maria turns to them. LIESL Rolfe. Not them.

. he joins Maria and . The Captain stops. CAPTAIN Come away with us . then moves closer. Rolfe. Rolfe bows his head in shame. Holding on to the gun. he grabs Rolfe's arm. then gently takes the weapon from his hand. CAPTAIN Rolfe . Rolfe winces painfully -. CAPTAIN You'll never be one of them. ROLFE Not another move or I'll.. the Captain stares into Rolfe's eyes. ROLFE Not another step. CAPTAIN You don't really belong to them. ROLFE Did you hear me? I'll kill you! Rolfe's breath grows shallow and quick.The Captain walks slowly toward Rolfe.. ROLFE Lieutenant! Lieutenant! They're here! They're here. the Captain scurries down another set of steps. The Captain stops only a few feet away. I'll shoot! CAPTAIN You're only a boy. Suddenly.. Lieutenant! As Rolfe runs toward the graveyard entrance blowing his whistle. At the bottom.he can't bring himself to shoot. Rolfe's eyes flash. CAPTAIN You give that to me. before it's too late. I'll kill you! Rolfe grows increasingly tense. ten yards away. ROLFE Stay where you are! The Captain keeps walking.

He starts it up and they drive off. They turn their keys in the ignition . and Maria who helps Marta. THE ALPS .MORNING The Captain hikes up a high. I have sinned.. Moments later. Whistles blowing. Kurt follows. then take their hands from the folds of their garments to reveal several parts from the Nazis' cars: a distributor cap and some spark plug wires. Reverend Mother. MOTHER ABBESS What is this sin.the children in a dusty old car. the old car speeds past the two Nazi cars. SISTER BERTHE I. Outside the gate. Zeller and his men sprint across the cobblestone courtyard heading for the Abbey's front gate. Louisa.. SISTER MARGARETTA Reverend Mother. too. Sisters Berthe and Margaretta confer with the Reverend Mother. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. HEAVENLY CHOIR A dream that will need All the love you can give Everyday of your life For as long as you live . then Friedrich. Brigitta. my children? The two sisters share a guilty glance. INSIDE THE ABBEY To the sounds of the Nazi car engines stalling noisily and refusing to start. Zeller and his men run out of the Abbey and climb into their cars. grassy meadow carrying Gretl on his back. They scan the mountains. smiling in wonder.

A stiff wind blows over the meadow as the Von Trapps cross to the other side. HEAVENLY CHOIR Climb ev'ry mountain Ford ev'ry stream Follow ev'ry rainbow 'Till you find your dream Over a panorama of dizzying peaks and valleys. a title reads: THE END .

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