By Stephanie Heath
The curtain has gone up on the Crewe Amateur Musicals Society production of The Sound of Music at the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe this week.
For those of you not familiar with the Sound of Music, it is based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family and is set amidst the horrors of World War II. It tells the tale of Maria Rainer who is selected by the Mother Abbess to serve as the children’s’ governess. Maria transforms the Von Trapp family home from a place of rules and regulations, to one filled with joy, laughter and music. Maria wins the hearts of the children and their widower father, Captain Georg Von Trapp. The story goes on to tell how the family manage to flee from Nazi occupied Austria, over the hills to the safety of Switzerland.
CAMS members have rehearsed their hearts out over the previous several months to bring this polished production to the Lyceum Theatre stage – and it shows! The whole show is a credit to the production team and every single cast member involved.
Featuring many well-known songs such as ‘Climb Every Mountain’, ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and of course the title ‘The Sound of Music’, this show will have you tapping your foot or singing along in no time!
Charlotte Platt portrays a wonderful Maria. With a bucketful of acting ability and sublime vocals that in my humble opinion rival the great Julie Andrews, you can’t help but fall in love with Maria from her first appearance in the Abbey with the Mother Abbess (Joyce Walker). Joyce is perfectly cast in her role and produces some powerful, and spellbinding, vocal performances that will make the hairs on your neck stand to attention, while bringing a tear to your eye with the underlying emotions of it all!
Robert Earl plays Captain Georg Von Trapp with confidence & charisma. The Captain is a man who has suffered great tragedy in his past and tries to compensate with discipline and order, especially where his children and staff are concerned. With Maria in his life he learns to live and appreciate what he has again.
For me, the shining stars of the show are the Von Trapp Children – Annabelle Gater (Liesl), Jaden Rowland (Frederich), Hannah Horsley (Louisa), Wilf Dight (Kurt), Ellie Horsley (Brigitta), Gladys Llewellyn (Marta) and Lilah Coles (Gretl) are nothing short of fantastic. The interaction, acting, vocals and stage presence from each and every one of them is flawless. When you add Maria to the mix, a whole new level of brilliance is achieved.
Linda Race (Elsa Schraeder) and Kevin Whitfield (Max Detweiler) play their respective parts exceptionally well and the entire supporting cast make this an excellent show all round.
If you are a fan of this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic (which celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year) or even if you have never seen the show, I highly recommend you go out and get your tickets now. This production of the Sound of Music won’t disappoint!
The show runs nightly at 7.15 pm with a matinee at 2.15 pm on Saturday. Tickets for the show are priced at £15 and can be obtained from Crewe Lyceum Theatre box office on 01270 368242 or via the theatre’s web site www.crewelyceum.co.uk