Climb every mountain, Ford every stream, Follow every rainbow, 'Till you find your dream. The Adelaide Festival Centre was alive with The Sound of Music presented Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian, John Frost and The Really Useful Group playing in Adelaide until September 4th. Based on the book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed by Jeremy Sams, Choreographed by Arlene Phillips with Set and Costume design by Robert Jones.
No cost was spared on the incredible set design behind The Sound of Music, especially when it came to the Von Trapp Family singers in the concert at the end of the show. It felt like the Festival Theatre had been transported to Vienna. Starring Cameron Daddo as Captain Georg Von Trapp and Amy Lehpamer was Maria Rainer, these two had amazing on stage chemistry especially in the scene when they dance at the party and Marta tells Maria she's in love.
Daddo's performance of 'Edelweiss' was beautiful to watch but when Kurt (Oscar Bridges) steps forward to help his father out and sings a line solo that's what won over the crowd. Bridges has such an incredible voice for such a young performer.
The children chosen as The Von Trapp Family perform well above their age. The difference with this show to others is that in each state they recast the Von Trapp Children, this makes this performance even more special knowing these are Adelaide children performing in a large production for the people for Adelaide.
The show features an all-star cast including Marina Prior as Baroness Schraeder who was so fitting to his character. Her background in theatre helped develop her performance but it was her love for the story that shined through. Jacqueline Dark was Mother Abbess with Johanna Allen, Eleanor Blythman and Andrea Creighton as the sisters of the ministry. Their rendition of 'Maria' was witty, fun and got the applause it deserved.
David James was Max Detweiler and Lorraine Bayly was Frau Schmidt, the show just wouldn't have been the same without them. They bring a comical factor to what could be a serious show.
Stephanie Jones is a standout performer in this show. She played Liesl and couldn't have been more perfectly cast. Having previously had vocal lessons this would've helped prepare her for her duet with Du Toit Bredenkamp (Rolf) in 'Sixteen going on Seventeen'. This is a favourite scene and was portrayed beautifully.
There are two casts for the children because of how long the show will be running. On August 13th it starred Anna McAuliffe as Gretl, Danika Roach as Marta, Alicia Hammond as Brigitta, Oscar Bridges as Kurt, Jacinda Tsakalos as Louisa and Nathan Stafford as Friedrich.
Anna McAuliffe who played Gretl did a wonderful job it's hard to remember that Gretl is always a step behind on everything. She's the youngest and when she says she can't sing because her finger hurts she melted the crowds hearts.
Alicia Hammond is no newcomer to the stage having seen her perform previously in The Sound of Music, Hairspray, Bugsy Malone and Into the Woods she never disappoints. Although this is her professional stage premier she has big things ahead of her.
Danika Roach who played Marta, is only 10 years old, which is young. She was a professional performer but she acts well above her age. I loved hearing her sing in 'Do-Re-Mi' and 'The Lonely Goatherd', both these scenes showed her fun personality and love for the stage.
Oscar Bridges who played Kurt needed more solo lines, his voice was made to be heard. His solo line in 'Edelweiss' was incredibly well done and left the crowd wanting more.
Jacinda Tsakalos as Louisa was well fitting, she looked like she was excited about her role and really gave her performance everything she had. Having been dancing since she was 5 this stood out on the stage that her experience level was above her age.
Nathan Stafford who played Friedrich is used to singing having performed in Adelaide's Carols by Candlelight previously alongside Todd McKenney. This is his second professional show having performed in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2013. Stafford presented his role as Friedrich as graceful and confident, just as Friedrich should be presented while he's trying to figure out how to be a man.
A Standout moment was when Amy Lehpamer (Maria) sang 'Climb Evry Mountain' bringing the show to a close. When the curtain raised and the cast returned to the stage the audience gave a standing applause that was well deserved and didn't quite give justice to the incredible show gracing Adelaide this August.
Don't miss your chance to see The Sound of Music live in Adelaide at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
August 17th-20th, 24th-27th, 30th, 31st September 1st-3rd at 7:30pm at The Festival Theatre
August 20th, 27th, September 3rd at 2:00pm at The Festival Theatre
August 17th, 21st, 24th, 28th, 31st, September 4th at 1:00pm at The Festival Theatre
August 21st, 28th at 6:00pm at The Festival Theatre
Premium from $124.90
A Reserve Adult from $99.90
B Reserve Adult from $79.90