The Sound of Music - a polished production from Hereford Musical Theatre Company (From Hereford Times)
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The Sound of Music - a polished production from Hereford Musical Theatre Company
12:46pm Wednesday 25th April 2012 in Leisure
WHEN it comes to musicals, there are few as universally loved and popular as The Sound of Music. Because of this it’s not a show that bears any radical re-workings and Hereford Musical Theatre Company’s current production, which runs at The Courtyard until Saturday, delivers a faithful re-creation of The Sound of Music we know and love.
As with any big musical, the casting of the leads is critical to success and HMTC struck gold with their Maria - Charlotte Glasspool, who’s only been with the company since 2010 and who has never played a lead role, was convincing from start to finish as the young postulant reluctantly sent out into the world where she gradually discovers where her true destiny lies.
Her scenes with the von Trapp children were full of warmth and a sense of fun, and the sincerity she brought to her duet, Something Good, with Richard Davies as Captain von Trapp, was genuinely moving.
Charlotte’s performance was matched by great acting and singing throughout - Climb Ev’ry Mountain must surely be one of the stand-out songs in any musical and a daunting one at that, but Trudy Connolly as Mother Abbess rose to the challenge brilliantly, bringing down the curtain on the first half to resounding applause.
Mention must be made of Jordan Leech as Sister Sophia, whose voice shone in a small role and gave a tantalising glimpse of what we can look foward to in future productions. And, of course, the children - on opening night, the Von Trapp children were played by Samantha Stokes as Liesl, Amelia Price as Gretel, Lucy Burrell as Marta, Thomas Phillips as Kurt, Harriet Pandeli as Brigitta, Connor Taylor as Friedrich and Freya Robinson as Louisa, every one of whom made their role their own. All seven had just the right combination of cuteness and charm, without tipping over into cloying sweetness, and their reprise of So long, farewell as they prepared to make their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria, hit all the right emotional notes.
Director Sarah Phillips certainly got the best out of a talented cast, proving that when a show is as iconic as The Sound of Music, the wise approach is to stay true to the original and concentrate on the quality of the performances - this is a polished production and one that fans will be hard pressed to fault.
The Sound of Music runs at The Courtyard until Saturday, April 28. To book, call the box office on 01432 340555.
The younger von Trapp children are played by two alternating casts.
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