From the very beginning of the show when the nuns walked through the aisles singing the opening number, to the very end where the hairs on my arms stood upright as the nuns close the show, my attention was equally torn between what was happening on stage and the sight of my just-turned-five-year old who was experiencing her first theatre production. It’s quite something to witness such a superb show through the eyes of a child. I chose not to show her the movie beforehand, and she literally danced out of the theatre at the end, humming the words to herself. She was entranced. As was the entire audience.
Personally, I love the fact that the show is not an exact replica of the movie. The songs are positioned differently throughout the production, which made it far less predictable and therefore more enjoyable. The cast was absolutely brilliant, with Janelle Visagie stealing the show in the role of The Mother Abbess. I’m not a big fan of the song, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, but I would book tickets to see the show again just to hear her sing that particular song. What a phenomenally talented performer – she had the audience on its feet when she came out to take a bow!
I also fell completely in love with each of the von Trapp children and would have LOVED an encore of their rendition of “The Lonely Goatherd” (that took place in Maria’s bedroom during the thunderstorm instead of “My Favourite Things”.) It’s amazing to think that most of these school going children have never performed professionally before – quite something for a 6-year-old!
Carmen Pretorius was superb in the role of Maria – that girl can sing! My only critique would be that her speaking voice is a little too “sing-songy” for my liking, but others that I spoke to disagreed completely! It was also wonderful to see Malcolm Terry on stage again in the role of Franz, and Andre Schwartz is impeccable as Captain von Trapp.
The Sound of Music is on stage at the Teatro at Montecasino until 29 April 2018 – please don’t miss it!