Magnificent! The Sound of Music Opens in Calgary

The Sound of Music and its list of memorable characters has been enchanting us for decades with its stirring story, relatable characters, and enduring songs. The Broadway Across Canada production opened in Calgary last night to much excitement and an enthusiastic standing ovation.

With such a well-known and well-loved story, I had to wonder how the production would impress me. When you know most of the lines from the movie, you assume you’ll surely be disappointed. Could such established popularity be topped? Well, if you don’t have tickets, let me advise you to make plans between now and October 1st to come see The Sound of Music! Time is running out! Besides a classic, captivating story, the singing is wonderful, the sets are beautiful, and the characters endearing.

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Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The excitement was palpable before opening night. We even encountered someone singing My Favourite Things to us from her open car window as she parked. From the opening scene, The Sound of Music soared. Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria was perfect, capturing the kindness and exuberance of the young woman who has decided to become a nun, before life takes her on another path. When she arrived at the von Trapp family residence to be their governess, and the 7 children snapped into line at their father’s whistle, her enthusiasm quickly brought out the joy of singing. The children were delightful in their singing and their roles as the slightly mischievous offspring of the great Captain von Trapp.

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Jill-Christine Wiley as Maria Rainer and the von Trapp children. Photo by Matthew Murphy

It was fascinating to watch how the classic story was adapted for the stage, and what emotion was evoked with every scene change and costume transformation. The story swept along to its dramatic conclusion. You could feel the uncertainty of Maria as she was sent away from the abbey and the loneliness of the von Trapp children as they vied for their father’s attention. The theatre production shines a deliberate light on the passive acceptance that Frau Elsa Schraeder and Max Detweiler had for the incoming Nazi regime, in contrast with Captain von Trapp. The gripping climax of the story gave me goosebumps, as though I didn’t know exactly what happens!

The curtain went down to a standing ovation. The Mother Abbess from Nonnberg Abbey, played by Lauren Kidwell, received the most impressive roar of approval during the curtain call, as her performance was nothing short of spectacular.

Whether you have always loved The Sound of Music or have been somewhat indifferent to it, this production will not disappoint you. There are very few tickets left, but if you’re lucky, you just might get your hands on one!

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Can you hear it? It’s The Sound of Music, and it’s coming to Calgary this September! Filled with beloved and memorable songs, The Sound of Music has delighted generations of viewers, and now you can enjoy Maria and Captain von Trapp once again.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to Calgary. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Edelweiss and the title song.

The Sound of Music is playing September 26 to October 1, 2017 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

The Sound of Music Details:

When: September 26th – October 1st
Time: Evening Shows: 8 pm; Sunday Evening 7:30 pm: Matinees: 2 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Address: 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary AB
Website: www.calgary.broadway.com

 

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