The Sound of Music

Date 20th June 2012
Society Milton Keynes Amateur Operatic Society
Venue Stantonbury Campus, Milton Keynes
Type of Production Musical
Director Victoria Miles
Musical Director Mike Croft
Choreographer Juliet Ratnage


Author: Jenny Chandler

Like all Rogers and Hammerstein's musicals " The Sound of Music " contains a full score of great numbers most of which are instantly recognised by all those who love musical theatre - over the years I suspect it has become one of the best loved musicals having the ingredients of children, a love story and the threat of danger.   In the M.K.O.S production all the principals were vocally very competent in their roles and the whole show was well supported by the excellent orchestra under the baton of Mike Croft. I particularly enjoyed the Nun's singing - the harmonies came across strongly and a good rounded sound was maintained throughout. Also well done to Vicky Amies, Graham Breeze and Richard Duncombe on their performance of " No Way to Stop It " which I think is a difficult song to sing well but they had truly mastered it. The team of Von Trapp children also took their parts well and gave the impression that they had all enjoyed the experience.   However I have to say that one or two of the characters did come across as rather more aggressive than authoritative and at times I felt that the movement could have been a touch more varied. Some of the scene changes seemed a little slow too.   Overall though the company gave their usual polished performance which I felt that the audience both enjoyed and appreciated.