Dubbed ‘one of the greatest musicals of all time’, SoGlos danced their way to Everyman Theatre on Wednesday 13 July 2016, to find out whether Bill Kenwright’s new production of The Sound of Music lived up to the timeless film.
Boasting some of the most beautiful sets I’ve seen at the Cheltenham venue, the stage shifted between monastery, mountain, mansion and more, boasting intricate details and an innovative use of space.
Played by Lucy O'Byrne and praised as ‘quite possibly the best Maria since Julie Andrews herself’, audiences were welcomed by Maria’s signature solo, ‘Sound of Music’, with Lucy showcasing a stellar performance from the very first note to curtain close.
Telling the well-known tale and true story of Baroness Maria von Trapp and the world-famous singing family, the production managed to cover all the main themes of the original film, from its romantic beginnings and joyous wedding to the dramatic escape scene.
While every member of the cast was note-perfect, particular highlights included Mother Abbess’ chandelier-shaking rendition of Climb Ev'ry Mountain, performed by Rebecca Caine, and Captain Von Trapp's emotional delivery of Edelweiss, played by Andrew Lancel, while the live orchestra didn’t miss a beat, providing a real treat for music-lovers and musicians alike.
I can’t heap the praise upon the cast of the Von Trapp children enough, with the young actors looking at ease and excited to be onstage, delivering professional performances, and most importantly, looking like they were having a lot of fun.
With applause leading to a standing ovation, audiences were reluctant to say ‘So Long, Farewell’ to what was a wonderful night.
Alana Willis, who played the six-year-old Gretl von Trapp, was particularly impressive and melted the hearts of all audience members with her solo in Do-Re-Mi, while all seven children received loud applauses after every song.
Packed with gentle humour, heart-warming scenes, playful choreography and feel-good scenes, the production managed to simultaneously stay true to the original film, while bringing the show to life in a visual and musical feast for live theatre-lovers.
With applause leading to a standing ovation, audiences were reluctant to say ‘So Long, Farewell’ to what was a wonderful night at the theatre, with The Sound of Music going down as one of SoGlos’s ‘Favourite Things’ at Everyman Theatre.
By Alice Lloyd
Friday 15 July 2016
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