Clink alive to sound of mu­sic

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Moya Stevens

THE pre­miere of Dou­glas Theatre Arts Group’s The Sound of Mu­sic was staged on Sun­day night to an al­most ca­pac­ity crowd and au­di­ence re­ac­tion was con­clu­sive. It is a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

Not only did the cast pro­vide com­pelling ren­di­tions of fam­ily favourites from the much-loved clas­sic mu­si­cal, the char­ac­ters en­deared them­selves quickly to the au­di­ence and there was gen­uine em­pa­thy from those present.

Cathy Knight (Maria) and Bill Cooney (Capt von Trapp) gave pow­er­ful per­for­mances and sang with cred­i­bil­ity and en­ergy.

Al­teouise De­vaughn por­trayed the com­mand­ing yet sen­si­tive char­ac­ter of Mother Abbess with great skill and her voice was in­deed an­gelic. Her mov­ing per­for­mances of Climb Ev­ery Moun­tain sent thrills through the au­di­ence.

Of course the von Trapp chil­dren are re­ally the stars of the show, with each of the seven pro­vid­ing their own in­di­vid­ual and ap­peal­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the show.

The di­rec­tor/pro­ducer of the pro­duc­tion, Michael Kerr, said there has been a mam­moth re­hearsal sched­ule as there are four al­ter­nate casts of the chil­dren, two al­ter­nate casts of adults, and three Marias.

“It has been a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially for the chil­dren,” Michael said, “as kids in re­gional Aus­tralia of­ten don’t get the op­por­tu­nity to be part of a sig­nif­i­cant pro­duc­tion such as this.

“With this taste of per­form­ing, some of the chil­dren might want to pur­sue a stage ca­reer.”

This is the third Clink pro­duc­tion for the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, Al­teouise De­vaughn, who also di­rected the sing­ing and mu­sic for An­nie and Grease.

Al­teouise per­formed The Sound of Mu­sic when she was 16 years old and was keen to help di­rect it in Port Dou­glas.

Re­ac­tions from the­atre­go­ers were all pos­i­tive.

“Best money I’ve spent in years,” was one com­ment and “Bloody won­der­ful – I had goose bumps” was an­other.

The sets and props were sim­ple and ef­fec­tive, the light­ing and sound very good. It is hard to eclipse the im­pact of the mu­sic and lyrics of Rogers and Ham­mer­stein and many of the much-loved songs – My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, How Do You Solve a Prob­lem Like Maria and Edel­weiss had the au­di­ence qui­etly sing­ing along.

The high­light of the show was at the end when the von Trapp fam­ily leave on their es­cape through the moun­tains from Nazi Aus­tria to neu­tral Switzer­land. Al­teouise as the Mother Abbess, wish­ing the fam­ily safety and suc­cess, sang in full mezzo-so­prano voice Climb Ev­ery Moun­tain. A mo­ment of true the­atri­cal ex­hil­a­ra­tion.

Toby, Phoebe, An­nie, Finn, Cara and Amy in the Sound of Mu­sic

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