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The Sound of Music: Presented by Gilbert & Sullivan Society

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The beloved musical 'The Sound of Music' comes to the Arts Theatre stage for a strictly limited season.

Proudly presented by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society this treasured age-old classic is set to open on Saturday 19 July.

'The Sound of Music' was the final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein and is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. The musical tells the tale of a former nun, who leaves the convent to become a governess for the seven children of a wealthy Austrian widower.

The original Broadway production opened on November 16, 1959 and for over 50 years 'The Sound of Music' has enjoyed numerous revivals all around the world with many songs from the musical becoming standards, such as 'Edelweiss', 'My Favorite Things', 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain', 'Do-Re-Mi', and the title song 'The Sound of Music'.

It was also adapted into a 1965 film musical, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards.

For the latest G&S Society production Trish Hart has been appointed director with the assistance of Greg Hart. Trish and Greg formally portrayed Maria and George in the 2004 production of 'The Sound of Music' and will be joined by the incredible talents of Heather Elliot as musical director and Celeste Barone as choreographer.

"This production is going to be a knockout," says Trish. "Adults will be transported back to their childhood as they hear the golden sounds of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beautiful score and a new generation will have their eyes opened to The Sound of Music."

Experienced actress Claire McEvoy takes on the lead role of Maria and is joined by Kimberly Clark as Captain Georg Von Trapp. Many would remember Claire as Polly from 42nd Street and Kim has played a variety of roles on stage Trekky Monster – Avenue Q as well as lead roles in The Boy from Oz and The Producers as well as being widely known as a music director for various companies in Adelaide.

Leading the soaring voices of the nuns are Marcia Seebohm (Mother Abbess), Wendy Rayner (Sister Berthe), Megan Doherty (Sister Margaretta) and Lucy Trewin (Sister Sophia).

The cast of children is also equally talented with Kate Price playing the coveted role of Leisl. "We had 130 children audition and have been able to make up two teams that are the cream of the crop," says Trish.

Stalwart of the stage Ric Trevaskis will be playing Max Detweiller with Bronwyn Palmer as Baroness Elsa Schraeder and Damien Quick as Rolf Grüber. The cast will also feature Grant Topham (Franz) and Lorraine Armstrong (Frau Schmidt).

This strictly limited season runs from 19 July to 2 August at the Arts Theatre.

Tickets can be booked via www.gandssa.com.au or by phoning Paula 8447 7239.

Tickets range for $25 to $38 and early bookings are encouraged.

For more information on this upcoming production, please visit www.gandssa.com.au
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When: Saturday 19 July to Saturday 2 August
Where: The Arts Theatre, Angus Street, Adelaide
Cost: $25 to $38
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