Sound of pure harmony
THE atmosphere that almost two dozen nuns and postulants create on stage by singing four-part harmonies is just one of the highlights of Ballina Players’ new production – The Sound of Music (pictured).
Directed by Di Ennew, the musical stars Lilli Lowry as Maria – a lively song-loving postulant who doesn’t seem ready to commit to a religious life. Lowry is joined by Amanda Isaac as The Mother Abbess and Mike Sheehan as Captain von Trapp.
The classic The Sound of Music storyline sees the Abbess send Maria to be the temporary governess to Captain von Trapp’s seven troublesome and motherless children. As Maria teaches the children to play and sing, she also teaches the captain how to love.
Di Ennew cast two groups of children in The Sound of Music. They share the 18 performances by appearing alternately.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most loved musical produced singalong favourites The Sound of Music, My Favourite Things, Maria and Do-Re-Me. The stage musical opened on Broadway in 1959 and was followed in 1965 by the successful film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
Tomorrow’s opening night is a premium event, with catering, champagne and meet-and-greet with the cast after the show.
The Sound of Music plays Players Theatre, Ballina, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm from tomorrow until July 6, with an extra matinee on July 6. Tickets are on sale at the ABC Centre, in River Street. Call (02) 6686 2436.