The Sound Of Music - performed November 1992
By Rogers and Hammerstein
Performed with the kind permission of Joseph Weinberger
Director - Val Taylor
Cast(in order of appearance)
Production TeamPatience Ling, Jude Hussey, Jenny Rollings, Sarah McCarthy, Kevan Porter, Chris Mead, Derek Butcher, Charles Padgham, Bruce Emeny, Maurice Barber, Paul Spendley, Greg Garrad, Alan Laurie, Geoff Taylor, Jackie Dawson, Kevin Lucus, Karen Carter, Moira Hutt, Jenny Glayzer, Chris Wheeler, Rosamund Pettitt, Gill Baxter, Chris Elsey Patience Ling, Viv Wheatley, and other volunteers not mentioned.
The MusicalMaria is a sweet young postulant whose love of freedom makes it obvious to her superiors that she is not suited for religious life. Thus, she is sent off to be the governess to Captain von Trapp's seven troublesome children. Unlike previous governess', Maria becomes friends with the children due to their mutual love of music. Soon, even the strict Captain begins to admire Maria. Eventually, the Captain and Maria fall in love and are married. Unfortunately, when the Nazis invade their homeland, Austria, the whole family is forced to flee over the Alps to escape.
ReviewsIt mattered not that the von Trapp children were missing a few front teeth – the performance was excellent. The highly respected Manifest Theatre Group did it again with its polished, professional performance of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music. One of the group’s most ambitious production, the theatre’s notoriously small stage had never looked bigger, with impressive scenery and set design.
Alison Brett player her part well as the coy naive Maria in pre-war Austria, torn between her love of God and her love for Capt von trapp, with her sweet voice singing strongly from the outset. And Adrian Bolton as the flamboyant Max added a welcome touch of humour which he delivered with clarity, so often lacking in amateur theatre. It was the children though, which gave the show its sparkle. There were no nerves, and no forgotten lines, just bags of enthusiasm and clear, powerful singing. Gretl, played by tiny Jenny Laurie, was confident and cute – all the necessary ingredients to steal the show – and she would have done if the fellow players had not bee so good. It was impossible to fault the performance, right down to the tireless pianist who kept things together musically But is was a shame that was no space for a full orchestra, as it is often one of the most enjoyable facets of live theatre. They were all there – Edelweiss, The Hills Are alive, My Favourite Things, and Climb Every Mountain – and were a huge success if the contented humming of the near capacity audience was an indication. I am not sure where amateur dramatics got it name, but it was certainly not after a Manifest performance. The Sound of Music is anything but amateur.
It is something of a miracle that astute director Val Taylor has managed to cram the sweep and range of this
Rodgers and Hammerstein musical into such restricted space.
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