I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
A family show not to be missed
Von Trapp family and Maria (Lara Boyle). Photography by Creative Street, QMT Facebook Page
You can't get much more classic than The Sound of Music and I'm sure everyone has seen the movie version starring Julie Anthony, but have you seen it live on stage? If not, do yourself a favour and book tickets to the Queensland Musical Theatre Production currently showing at Twelfth Night Theatre before it books out. Starring Brisbane's own Lara Boyle as Maria, the show is a feel-good production, full of fabulous performances from the cast.
Cast of Sound of Music produced by Queensland Musical Theatre. Photography Credit Creative Street, from QMT Facebook Page
Set in Austria as Germany is about to invade, this musical, based on a true story was the last collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein and its memorable songs are loved the world over. Die-hard fans of the movie will be surprised to hear the extra musical numbers which form a part of the stage version. These are wonderful additions to the classic favourites, Do Re Mi, My Favourite Things, Lonely Goatherd and Climb Every Mountain. The two additional songs allow characters Elsa and Max, fabulously played by Kate Retzki and Kris Brennan, greater opportunity to shine and add to their character development.
At the performance I attended, the von Trapp Children were played by the "Nonnberg" team of Madeline Harper, Aiden Huntley, Sienna Randall, Benjamin O'Reagan-Lambert, Genevieve Krause, Matia Godbold and Matilda Wilson. The children gave an excellent performance, with beautiful singing from Sienna (Louisa) and a very cute performance from Matilda (Gretl). The dance routines, choreographed by Isabel Byrne, were delightful, as were the children's costumes, which were designed by Deian Ping.
Also to be commended was the performance by Lara Boyle who plays Maria. Each song was sung with confidence and her characterisation was superb. Captain von Trapp (played by Nathaniel Currie) gave an emotional performance of Edelweiss and Kathryn Bradbury's vocals soared in Climb Ev'ry Mountain, in her role as the Mother Abbess.
Beautiful singing from the Sisters of the Abbey starts the show. Photo credit Creative Street, from QMT Facebook Page
The orchestra performed with enthusiasm and overall the production had energy and gave off the sense that the cast was enjoying themselves immensely. The Sound of Music will run until Sunday 12 June, but tickets are selling fast. Limited tickets are still available from Ticketek . Adult tickets are $50, Concessions $45 and children $25. Parking at Twelfth Night Theatre can be tricky, so either arrive early and grab a pre-show drink, or make use of public transport - Bowen Hills Railway Station is just across the road.
All photos are from the Queensland Musical Theatre Facebook page, with photography credit to Creative Street.