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Review The Sound of Music

A review by Liz Coggins

Review: The Sound of Music

Over the last 55 years the Sound of Music has been revived and repackaged and brought bang into the 21st century with clever staging, lighting and some well needed cuts making it a more vibrant and exciting show.

However this production seems to have bypassed a makeover, sadly to its detriment , and is still firmly routed in 60’s musical theatre style with heavy sets, predictable staging, unnecessary scene changes and unedited dialogue making it a long, slow and laboured production. How different the result could have been with minimalistic set design, imaginative lighting and a slicker distribution of the chorus to gather the pace, flow and energy this production so badly needs.

Set in Austria in the days before World War II the story evolves around the Von Trapp family and a new governess from a convent who overturns the austere family regime with her love of music.

Hannah Long, as Marie, seemed to struggle with her role during the early part of the show, but when she found eventually found her character it was a sheer delight.

As the formidable head of the house, David Collins as Captain Von Trapp failed to be even slightly believable. He lacked the austere, arrogance and love of regimentation of a man who has spent most of his life in the navy and in the more intimate scenes little Eastern European charm.

An outstanding performance came from David Ward as Rolf, whilst Shirley Hoyland was a sympathetic fine voiced mother abbess.

Although the cast battled major sound problems, like most amateur shows from the auditorium it looked as if a good time was being had by all, which is what the amateur stage is all about.

Posted on Monday 18th June 2012

The Carriageworks

The Electric Press, 3 Millenium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

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Comments on Review: The Sound of Music

Comment by Cheryl Crossley

Posted on Tue 26th Jun 12 4:36 pm

I saw the production on Wednesday and Saturday and I can say all the characters grew in their parts during the week of the show. Maria (Hannah) gave a delightful performance on both occasions and was well suited to her character. Whilst I agree with your staging and directing comments I also think we can spoil what is appreciated by the audience for the sake of “bringing it up to date” prime example the recent “Carmen” by Opera North. Let’s face it, the children and the songs are what make The Sound of Music so popular. Cheryl

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