Ok. Confession time. Until this production of The Sound Of Music I had never seen it all the way through. Hard to believe, I know. Especially for a guy with a theatre minor and who has been involved in more shows than I can remember.
For whatever reason, my path just never crossed with a production of The Sound Of Music before. The songs were familiar, I had seen bits and pieces of the movie, and thought I had an idea of the storyline… but until now I had nothing to tie them all together.
The performance I saw February 7, 2017 at Des Moines Civic Center had everything you could want in a night at the theatre.
Fantastic scenery, great acting, and outstanding music… both the singing and the orchestra. I could see a little bit of the orchestra conductor from our seats reminding me that the music wasn’t pre-recorded. It wasn’t distracting, though. To me it added to the live experience of the show.
I won’t rehash The Sound Of Music storyline. There’s a good chance you’re already familiar with it. What I will do is share a few of the things I really enjoyed about this performance.
All the actors were great but there were 3 in particular that drew my attention whenever they were onstage.
The first was Melody Betts as The Mother Abbess. Her voice filled the theatre whenever she sang… especially on “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”. She played the role of the disciplinarian well… but with hints of compassion and a playful friend.
Charlotte Maltby as Maria Ranier was outstanding! I loved her playful energy and chemistry with the von Trapp children. Her singing “The Sound Of Music” in Act 1, Scene 2 was one of the highlights of the show for me.
Six year old Anika Lore Hatch as Gretl von Trapp was also fun to watch. Seeing someone so young and talented was pretty cool. She didn’t have many lines or solos… but she nailed the ones she did have.
The scenery and set changes were outstanding. I was really impressed with how fluid and seamless each scene flowed into the next. It really kept the pace of the show up. I was equally impressed with the attention to details. The rays of light shining through the high chapel windows in the wedding scene were awesome.
One thing I always like in any show is a few surprises. This one had a few that both first-timers like me and those familiar with the show enjoyed. An unexpected entrance by the von Trapp boys caught me off guard and had the audience laughing.
Speaking of the audience… it was fun being included in the show. There was one scene in Act 2 where the audience applause became an actual part of the performance.
The show ran about 2 hours and 45 minutes… including a 20 minute intermission. It didn’t feel like a long show and I wasn’t quite ready for it to end. When it did, the nearly sold out, opening night crowd rewarded the cast with a standing ovation.
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The morning after the performance my wife and I saw, I got to meet the actors that played Liesl and Rolf. They stopped by my radio station to do a few interviews. It was fun to talk to them… and congratulate them in person for their great performances.
What’s your favorite song from The Sound Of Music?
***Disclaimer: I was provided with free press night tickets. All opinions are my own.