The Sound of Music

I thought it would be fun, as the music is so familiar and enjoyable, and Donna Feore certainly knows how to direct a musical.

I was blown away by Stephanie Rothenberg as Maria. She was simply perfect. Charming, pretty, and such a wonderful voice.

The whole cast was excellent. Ben Carlson as Captain Von Trapp; Anita Krause as the Mother Abbess, Shane Carty as Max Detweiler, and Robin Evan Willis as Elsa Schraeder all deserve mention, but really the ensemble was just perfect. The children were amazing.

Another show to see again.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Sound of Music

  1. keithhpotter says:

    So, I owe Donna Feore an apology.

    She has been a wonderful director of musicals here and I was disappointed to hear she was directing The Sound of Music this year. It seemed such a stand-and-sing musical and she has such a facility with movement and dance. What a waste.

    Well, she did sneak in some (I think extra) dance numbers with drunken gardeners, house servants, concert participants, but even without those she had a great show.

    The singing was marvellous and the performers really made the characters come alive, not just be vehicles for the songs. The kids were not only cute (which they were) but were excellent actors and singers in their own right – just like the adults.

    Of course, all of that were crash if there wasn’t a great Maria, but there was. Lovely voice without becoming operetta-y and a warm character that convinced you that she could win over the Abbess, the Captain, the children and the Baroness.

    Oh, and I have to comment, again, on the great sets. Gianfrancesco’s approach was very different from Przybylski’s, but just as effective. It is great to see the Festival Theatre Stage being used properly again.

    A bit to my surprise, it was very satisfying; I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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