Considered one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most iconic creations, Brownhills Musical Theatre Company came together in full force last night to bring the wonderful story of the Von Trapp Family Singers to life.
Directed by Kelly and Richard Tye, with Ian Room as MD, the high production values were apparent from the start with an exquisitely designed church set setting the standard for the rest of the show.
The musical opened with a beautifully performed Dixit Dominus led by Helen Norgrove (The Mother Abbess) and Nuns of Nonnberg Abbey. Soprano, Norgrove executed this piece with confidence as she also did with Climb Every Mountain. Norgrove showed a strong sense of guidance as she sang to Maria, with the Act 1 Finale being a highlight of the show.
The postulant turned Governess, Maria Rainer, is indeed a marvellous role for any female in musical theatre and Sian Cameron-Prowse blossomed throughout the show with excellent renditions of well-loved classics The Lonely Goatherd and Something Good. Her pairing with Jamie Norgrove as Captain von Trapp was convincing and Norgrove’s portrayal of the Captain was commanding.
A particular mention must go to Alison Room (Elsa) and Brett Dewsbury (Max) who brought some light relief to the dark political tones of the show. I have had the pleasure of watching Room perform previously as Eva Peron I was looking forward to seeing her again. How Can Love Survive is my favourite song in this show and they did not disappoint. The supporting nuns were also a delight to watch, and I was thoroughly impressed with the rendition of Maria.
The set really did capture the audience’s imagination. A couple of longer than expected scene changes didn’t alter the pace as a whole and I’m sure any technicalities will be remedied quickly. In all, I would conclude that this is one of the best amateur performances of The Sound of Music that I have had the pleasure of witnessing.
I couldn’t write this review without mentioning the fantastic group of young actors who performed as the Von Trapp children. Too many to mention individually but I must congratulate them on their confident performances and for giving the audience goose-bumps with those perfected harmonies.
Very best wishes to BMTC for a successful run.
The Sound of Music runs at the Lichfield Garrick until Saturday 11th May.
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