School staging timeless favourite show
James Hargest College is bringing it back to ‘‘Do’’ once more for its major annual stage production opening next week.
Having waved ‘‘so long’’ to The Sound of Music on three previous occasions, the college has undertaken the challenge of staging one of the world’s most popular and best known musicals once again for 2016.
Taking the helm will be Invercargill theatrical identity and former Hargest teacher of 50 years Jonathan Tucker, who has also overseen each of the college’s previous stagings of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, most recently in 1999.
‘‘Jonathan first brought The Sound of Music to the James Hargest stage in 1977, so this latest performance extends a long association with this popular musical for the college, one which we’re very excited to be continuing,’’ spokesperson Shelley Peters said.
The Sound of Music was the final collaboration between pro- lific composers Rodgers and Hammerstein, and became one of the world’s best loved musicals.
The story centres on a highspirited nun, Maria, who is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain.
Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the stony heart of the captain and leads to marriage.
The family’s narrow escape from the Nazis over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides a thrilling finale.
Taking on the lead role of Maria will be experienced year 13 performer Maddie Rakete, 17.
The talented singer was a veteran of multiple college productions, and studying drama, Peters said. In common with the entire cast of 65 - backed by an orchestra of 30 - Rakete was looking forward to putting on an entertaining performance for the wider Southland audience.
‘‘I know everybody’s just looking forward to opening night now,’’ Peters said.
Directed by Jonathan Tucker Senior Campus Auditorium, 288 Layard St, Invercargill, 7.30pm nightly, July 4 to 7.
Tickets, adult $15, student $8, from James Hargest College Senior Campus office.