School stag­ing time­less favourite show

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD DAVISON

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.

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