The Sound of Music

Date 5th October 2018
Society Worthing Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Pavilion, Worthing
Type of Production Musical
Director Tony Bright
Musical Director Michael Winter
Choreographer Tony Bright

Report

Author: Jose Harrison

First and foremost I must congratulate Tony on his brilliant direction of this old favourite.  He managed to give it an extra dose of life and fun not only with the great team of children but with the adult principals as well. I loved his opening with the brilliant chorus of nuns singing magnificently and the smooth transition to the mountain side with Maria’s exuberance and joy of life pouring forth with ‘The Sound of Music’.

I am sure there cannot be many people who are unaware of the story of Maria the young novice nun, who has struggled with convent life and it’s rules and regulations. She is given relief from the restrictions by being sent by the Mother Abbess on a temporary transfer to look after the seven Von Trapp children and ends up falling in love with their widowed father. Sarah Milner gave an outstanding performance as Maria. I soon realised that I had seen her playing the same part a few years ago and remembered the quality of her singing which is so good and her rapport with the children a joy to watch. Her performance was a pleasure to observe and her singing sublime. All six of the youngsters obviously enjoyed the experience acting and singing with real feeling and Lois Capel as Liesl shone in her part. Her dancing with Brogan West (Rolf) and their singing of ‘Sixteen going on Seventeen’ was one of the highlights of the first half.

Sally McDonald played the Mother Abbess with authority, and genuine emotion. Her rendition of Climb Every Mountain brought the first act to a stirring close. Ruth Roberts and Tim Ingram as Elsa and Max had good singing voices and gave believable, confident performances. Two very different characters who gave riveting interpretations of their parts. Mark Roberts played the unbending Captain Von Trapp brilliantly showing his growing feelings for Maria from the all important moment when they danced together at the ball. There was excellent support too from Jonathan Groves (Franz), Steve Pannell (Herr Zeller), Cindy Love (Sister Margaretta) Lorraine Palmer (Frau Schmidt), Bob Woodman (Sister Berthe), Liz Windley (Sister Sophia) and Anthony Towers (Admiral von Schreiber).  The show was made complete with an excellent 12 strong orchestra, some beautiful costumes excellent lighting and scenery and a very professional approach on all fronts.