Moun­tain­ous show ready

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Shane Ni­chols

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.

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