Sound per­for­mances

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

THERE must have been some very proud par­ents in the au­di­ence at Crown Theatre Perth last week and they had ev­ery right to be.

It was the Perth open­ing of Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion The Sound of Mu­sic and the six ju­niors of the von Trapp fam­ily, cast lo­cally, de­liv­ered a truly de­light­ful per­for­mance to match the ta­lent of the more ex­pe­ri­enced leads.

“When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most any­thing” – these chil­dren are tes­ta­ment to it.

Maria proved no prob­lem at all to solve for Amy Leh­pamer, who grabbed the role with gusto, hu­mour and ut­ter joy.

Ev­ery Maria even­tu­ally needs her Cap­tain Ge­org von Trapp and Cameron Daddo was the per­fect amount of stern and sweet as he trans­formed from naval of­fi­cer to lov­ing father and hus­band. One scene in par­tic­u­lar where he hugged his chil­dren for the first time in a long time was emo­tional view­ing.

It was won­der­ful to see WAAPA grad­u­ate Du Toit Bre­denkamp re­turn home in his first pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tion as Rolf, while Ste­fanie Jones rounded out the von Trapp off­spring as the lovely Liesl.

Ma­rina Prior’s Baroness Schraeder was the cherry on top, but it was Jo­hanna Allen as Mother Abbess who got the spine tin­gling with the epic Climb Ev­ery Moun­tain.

Nearly ev­ery song proved a favourite un­der the mu­si­cal di­rec­tion of Peter Casey, from Do Re Mi and Edel­weiss to The Lonely Goatherd, So Long, Farewell and The Sound of Mu­sic.

The set de­sign moved ef­fort­lessly from abbey to misty moun­tain peak and lav­ish von Trapp fam­ily home, while the open­ing scene of nuns singing ves­pers by can­dle­light while walk­ing through the theatre was a win­ning touch.

This pro­duc­tion of The Sound of Mu­sic was more of a treat than rain­drops on roses or schnitzel with noo­dles. It is cer­tainly one of my favourite things. It is ishow­ing at Crown Theatre Perth un­til October 9.

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