The art is based on the tradition of creating lifelike figures on the stage, giving the audience the illusion of watching real people.

REXBURG, Idaho ­­­- The Salzburg Marionette Theatre from Austria will perform "The Sound of Music" Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg.

Based on the Broadway musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the marionettes will tell the story of the von Trapp family.

The Salzburg Marionette Theatre celebrated its 100th birthday in 2013. As a trading town, Salzburg, Austria, was always a port of call for travelling puppet theatres - for a long time the only theatrical performances permitted by the Roman Catholic Church. In 1913, the sculptor Anton Aicher and his family introduced the high art of puppetry into the cultural life of Salzburg and, over three generations, brought it to perfection.

The Salzburg Marionette Theatre is unique for its kind. One of the last remaining full-time professional marionette theatres in Europe, it contributes decisively to maintaining this very special art. Since its inception, it has attracted millions of spectators and undertaken hundreds of tours on all continents.

The art is based on the tradition of creating lifelike figures on the stage, giving the audience the illusion of watching real people. The perfect construction of the figures and countless technical inventions and achievements have made the Salzburg Marionette Theatre a leading representative of the art.

The technique has been frequently emulated; one of the most highly evolved, it is in widespread use in other marionette theatres. The fine expressive detail in the sculptured heads, the meticulous tailoring of the costumes and the impeccable construction of the stage-sets - all these qualities combine to produce the outstanding performances of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre.

Each member of the 10-strong team is totally committed to the theatre, ambitious to preserve the art and to maintain the Marionette Theatre's leading place worldwide.

Tickets for the Center Stage concert are $16 for the general public and $8 for BYU-Idaho students. Tickets can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 496-3170 or online at tickets.byui.edu.