Sound of pure har­mony

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

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.

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