The Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents 'The Sound of Music'. After a sell-out performance opening night at The Arts Theatre, The Sound of Music will run for another 8 shows until Saturday August 2nd. The musical, directed by Trish Hart with assistance from Greg Hart, was adapted from the Broadway musical written by Richard Rodgers and recreated in the 1965 film. The show has two casts, one from Vienna and one from Salzburg, that act alternative nights. Opening night featured the Vienna cast in all its glory.
The Sound of Music is the story of a young woman called Maria Rainer (Claire McEvoy) who is on the path of becoming a nun at Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg, Austria. She leaves the convent on God's quest to become the governess to seven children of a wealthy, Austrian widower Captain Georg Von Trapp (Kim Clark) who is a retired navel officer.
Claire McEvoy has been the leading lady in many plays including 'The Wedding Singing', '42nd Street', and 'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown'. She grew up watching 'The Sound of Music' at her nana's house on VHS.
Before she leaves the abbey, Maria sings a duet with the Reverend Mother (Marsha Seebolm): 'My Favourite Things'. It was a spectacular performance. The nuns of the abbey, Sister Sophia (Lucy Trewin), Sister Berthe (Wendy Rayner) and Sister Margaretta (Megan Doherty) had very high range voices and were mesmerizing to watch
While heading to The Von Trapp estate Maria sings 'I Have Confidence', which was sung perfectly as if I was listening to Julie Andrews herself. When she arrives she discovers the captain (Clark) works away from home and only comes home when the children need a new governess.
He feels the children remind him too much of the wife he lost. Since she died he runs the household like the strict ship he used to command. His children don't play, they only march and answer to a whistle.
He uses a whistle to summon his staff and children and dresses them in sailor-suit uniforms. He asks them to step forward and say their name when they hear their whistle call. The children respond with "Liesel (Kate Price), I'm 16 and I don't need a governess." "I'm Freidrich (Connor Olsson-Jones), I'm 14 and I'm a boy." Lousia (Chyna Hazel-Polkinghorne) is 13, Brigitta (Henrietta Gray Walters) is 9. Kurt (Thomas Sheldon) is 10 years old followed by Marta (Zara Blight) who is 7 and Gretl (Trinity O'Shea) is the youngest.
The role of Georg Von Trapp is played by Kim Clark, who marks his 20th anniversary of acting this year. He's known for his roles in 'Westside Story', 'The Boy from Oz', 'The Producers' and 'The Little Shop of Horrors'. He is thrilled to be playing Georg Von Trapp because it's another tick off his dramatic bucket list.
Maria opens the children up to a more joyous life full of fun by teaching them how to sing with 'Do-Re-Mi' and 'The Lonely Goatherd'. She brings music into the Von Trapp estate which melts the captain's heart when he hears the children singing. He thanks her for bringing music back into his home. The children's performance of 'So Long, Farewell' was amazing and little Gretl's solo before falling asleep on the stairs was beautiful.
Both the boys, Friedrich and Kurt, had strong voices and took on their roles very well. Brigitta and Marta have a lot of talent and have been in many productions before this one. The oldest daughter Liesel falls in love with the postboy Rolf Gruber (Damien Quick) who is 17 years old. Together they sing 'Sixteen, Going on Seventeen'. It was a great representation of the scene from the movie featuring them dancing around the water foundation.
Both the lighting (Mark Oakley) and sound (Matthew Curtis) designers did a great job, but the set was remarkable. The way the set drops a front scene in front of the back one to make for scene change is really well done. The way they use the same arched windows the whole way through and just changed the scene behind them from green grass to stained church windows was very creative.
Max Detweiler (Richard Trevaskis) is one of the captain's friends who happens to be looking for a musical act to enter into the upcoming Salzburg Festival. When he hears the children singing. He suggests they would be perfect, "The Von Trapp Family Singers', seven children in one family, the crowd will love it".
Maria gains the father's love and leaves the abbey to marry him and become a mother to his children, but when they return from their honeymoon there is a telegram. The captain has been requested to join the German Naval commission immediately but convinces them to wait until after The Salzburg Festival as the Von Trapp Family are all singing together. After the festival the family flee towards the hills singing 'Climb Every Mountain'.
The night was very enjoyable, filled with beloved songs remembered from the movie and a stage of highly talented actors. The orchestra did an amazing job recreating the songs. The show will run until August 2 and will sell out fast. Don't miss your chance to see this amazing musical live on stage this August.