Sound of Music to uplift the soul

ENGADINE Musical Society will be presenting the timeless classic, The Sound of Music, on August 17-26.

Originating in the 1960s, The Sound of Music is one of the most popular films in Australia, and its transition to stage is sympathetic to the music, making the musical popular in its own right.

The music from the show remains familiar to young and old and includes such songs as Favourite Things, The Sound of Music, Climb Every Mountain, and The Lonely Goatherd.

The Sound of Music album was No. 1 on the Australian charts for 76 weeks when it was released in 1965.

Engadine Musical Society's production stars Lynley Fuller as Maria Rainer, and Mark Gardner as Captain Von Trapp.

The Von Trapp children actors, who are from St George and Sutherland Shire, include Stephanie Kate Brattan as Leisl, Gus Noakes as Friedrich, Melissa Donnelly as Louisa, Jordan Fuller as Kurt, Alexis Hutchinson as Brigitta, Phoebe Vinceguerra as Marta and Bella Thomas as Gretl.

The Reverend Mother is played by Kerrie Hartin who has a long association with The Sound of Music, having played Maria and Elsa in previous productions. These roles are supported by Graeme Davies as Max and Morven Taylor as Elsa.

Director Sue Bunt has stayed true to the characters and the appeal of the show, and is delighted with the cast and quality of the music and singing, ably directed by Matt Humphreys.

The Sound of Music is set in pre-World War II Austria where the Von Trapp family live, with the children being raised in a strict and military style environment following the death of their mother.

Maria, from the nearby Nonnberg Abbey, is sent as a governess to the family.

What follows is an awakening of the captain's warmth and care for his children, all overridden by a charming love story and an ending that shows strength, courage and trust to overcome all odds.

Details: Engadine Community Centre at 8pm on August 17 with shows at 2pm on August 18, 19, 25 and 26 and 8pm on August 18, 22, 24 and 25. Bookings: 1300 616 063.

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