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My Heart wants to Sing Every Song it hears at Sound of Music!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 1:26 PM
by Will Gallagher
The hills are truly alive with sound of music at Proctors.
I must confess that I have never been a fan of The Sound of Music, until now. The touring production directed by famed director Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) feels fresh, exhilarating, and utterly enjoyable. O'Brien has found precious moments and comical scenes in a piece that though set in time has a number of timeless messages.
With the famous songs "My Favorite Things", "Do Re Mi", "So Long, Farewell", "Edelweiss" and more, it will be hard not to sing along to every song. So sit back, relax, and just enjoy the show.This lavish and beautifully sounding production is filled with a talented cast of 31 actors lead by Charlotte Maltby as Maria. Maltby is a pure talent on the stage, from her voice, to her quirky movements, and beyond. Charlotte brings a warm heart to the stage and finds a real connection with the seven extremely talented children. Maltby not only plays well off of the children, she also pairs well with Captain Van Trapp himself, Nicholas Rodriguez.
Rodriguez enters the stage with a stiff, cold manner while blowing a whistle. By the time the show ends Rodriguez sings a song as he steals your heart. His transition from broken hearted widower to renewed spirit and war hero is fast but fun to watch.
As the show begins, the curtain raises on a one of the most beautiful lighting displays to grace the Proctors stage. Dozens of lights shine from a church window as the heavenly Melody Betts sings her heart out. Betts plays the famous role of Mother Abyss with love, warmth, and grace. To match it all Betts has a voice the raises spirits to the rafters. Her chemistry with Maltby is profound, friendly, and deep. By the time Melody Betts finishes singing "Climb Every Mountain", there's not a dry eye in the house.
Kudos to Teri Hansen as Elsa Schraeder and understudy Darren Matthias as Max Detweiller, both actors brought depth to complex yet understated roles.Of course there's no denying the seven children are extremely talented and steal every scene they're in. Each child actor holds their own with full voice, dance skills, and pure acting.
On top of the many talented actors and the famous songs is one of the most beautiful touring sets in a long time. The sets in many ways are simple and what you would expect with The Sound of Music, however the right amount of details combined with exquisite lighting was breathtaking. The church scenes were moving and breathtaking.
Combine a talented cast, fantastic creative team, and stunning visuals and you have an incredible show that you should see. Allow your heart to fill with joy at The Sound of Music before Sunday.