Mountainous show ready
It’s been a mountain and a half – we’re putting more into it than the other ones, because there are a lot more effects in it
Producer Mike Kerr
FOR The Sound of Music producer Mike Kerr, staging the popular blockbuster has been a mountain to climb – and more.
And, yes, the alpine classic does actually feature the odd mountain or two.
The musical starts a 13show run on April 2 at the Clink at Port Douglas and just about everything about it is as big as a small theatre can possibly manage.
Two casts, instead of just one, a lengthy running time for each performance, an advertising blitz to kick it all off – phew, the hills are steep. Work on the follow up to
Grease started in October. “It’s been exhausting but good fun,” said Kerr. “It’s always a challenge working with such a big cast.”
For this production, the producers have gone with having a second cast, having learned from the experience with Grease when an outbreak of gastro caused havoc.
“They were crook as dogs,” said the Paws and Claws presisues. dent. “We were having to put buckets at either side of the stage. This year we decided to step up the game with multiple casts. It’s huge.”
It’s a marathon show – the first part is quite long, then an intermission and then a much shorter second part.
“Because it’s normally on a big stage we’ve had to be smart and compress it down,” Kerr said.
“We’ve added some technical effects into the theatre to try to resolve some of the is- “It’s been a mountain and a half. Certainly we’re putting more into this one than the other ones, again because there are a lot more effects in this one.”
He would like to have live music but there’s not enough space around the stage. It’s mayhem.
“We really want it in. We need to raise money so we can build a proper pit once day,” he said.
So what is the enduring appeal of The Sound of Music?
“It’s a cult,” Kerr said. “Everyone’s brought up with it, aren’t they. They are all popular songs that people grew up with. And it’s a positive story, a family story.
“It’s a love story, and it’s a story about survival.”
His advice is for patrons to get in early. A TV advertising campaign starts next week with 100 spots telling everyone from Townsville to Daintree all about it.
“We always sell out the shows,” Kerr said, “and then people who want tickets are disappointed. So get in early.”
HILLS ARE ALIVE: The Sound of Music being staged at the Clink, Port Douglas, will have two casts.