"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Friday, June 14, 2013
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
SOUND OF MUSIC
at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
and Hammerstein's late great musical comes back to the Civic, in a
lively and stylish production directed by Pam Corrie.
opening sets the standard for the chorus work – all those nuns –
and for the design – slightly surreal cabinets full of candles.
ornament of the show is Kayleigh McEvoy's marvellous Maria.
Beautifully sung, with a soupçon of humour and superb stage
presence, melting the heart of her stern naval captain [Mat Smith].
seven children she cares for are carefully characterized, from Liesl
[Mae Pettigrew], sixteen going on seventeen, with a crush on the
telegram boy, impressively done by Aaron Crowe, to Charlotte Golden's
little Gretl. Bethan Evans makes a charmingly perceptive Brigitta.
Catherine Gregory delivers a powerful anthem, and duets wonderfully
with Maria in Favourite Things.
confident, big-hearted production has many memorable moments, not
least the moon and the mountain in the final tableau. Like good
Austrian patriots, we sing along to Edelweiss, undaunted by the SS
officers in the auditorium. The complex scene changes are swiftly
accomplished, though some black holes remain, not all of them covered
Viennese waltz, wedding music, all very impressive – Ian Myers the
Musical Director. Sometimes the sense and the emotion of the dialogue
could be pointed up more. Diction is variable – not just the German and the
Italian, either. And the sophisticated musical
comedy trio [Barry Miles as Max, with Olivia Gooding a cool, elegant
Elsa] seems rather staid.
good to rediscover the show behind the film, and this production
certainly delighted the midweek audience in a packed Civic. Springers
have a distinguished history, reviving both the big hits and the cult
classics – up next is Whistle Down The Wind, at the Cramphorn in