Reviewed by Lindsay Burton
We had been looking forward to our all-time favourite classic and the cast of Nottingham Operatic Society did not disappoint. In spite of the slight technical issue causing the doors to open later than normal and the show to start a few minutes after schedule, the cast’s fantastic performance soon had us whisked away to the sound of their music!
The Sound of Music remains one of the top three most successful films in history, and could be the world’s most popular musical, translated into dozens of languages, with record-breaking productions still touring across the world and the support could clearly be seen in the vast age differences in the audience. From the very young, to the very old came to see this tuneful and heart-warming story which is based on the real life story of the von Trapp Family singers who happened to be one of the world’s best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children and brings a new love of life and music into the home.
The cast were very good, from the moment the show started and we heard the vocals of the nuns and their Mother Abbess (Kate Taylor), I knew we were in for a musical treat. The vocals of all cast members were great with special mention to the head lady Abess who’s vocals would fit perfectly on any West End stage. Maria (Abby Wells) had great energy on stage and showed her impeccable musical abilities managing all the songs whilst swooping and flying across the stage. My little girl particularly loved Do-Re-Mi and sat singing in the audience copying all Abby’s actions! Some people in the audience joined in with this iconic song and many others. The children in the cast were superb, we thought Greta (Poppy Fawcett) was so confident in front an audience of the size that attended last night’s show. Liezl’s (Laurel Fiddes) vocals were perfect for her role and we thoroughly enjoyed her and Rolf’s (Zak Charlesworth) rendition of Sixteen-going-on-Seventeen. The magical connection of Maria and Captain von Trapp (Paul Johnson) had me mesmerised and their beautiful rendition of Sound-of-Music captured the entire audience and brought tears to many eyes.
The company’s stage and set design and lighting was minimalistic but incredibly affective and captured the vastness of the von Trapp residence and the Austrian mountains.
Last night happened to be an incredibly busy night in Nottingham with hordes of young adults queuing outside a local live music venue when we arrived at the easily located Q-Park. I wondered how busy it would be when it came to leaving and it was interesting to say the least!
Many patrons who attend this theatre aren’t aware that they can have their Q-park tickets validated inside the theatre so the price is capped at £6. All in all, a very enjoyable performance and family outing!
Tickets cost from £13 to £25 (booking fees may apply).
The Sound of Music is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 29 October to 2 November 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND