ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A high school play is sparking serious discussion about Nazism.

Students at Western Albemarle High School are performing The Sound of Music for their spring play. The story takes place in 1938 Austria, and some of the costumes have Nazi swastikas on them.

Drama teacher and director Caitlin Pitts decided to send out an explanation to parents on why the symbols would be used in the play. The director also brought in the school's history teacher to give students more background.

"We feel like it's important to use the historically-accurate symbols in the context of our play as a way to highlight the evils of racial oppression and to take a stand against it," Pitts said.

The school’s drama department is having an open benefit dress rehearsal Thursday, March 14. All of the proceeds will go to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

The play's opens at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15.