Leicester was alive with ‘The Sound of Music’ yesterday as the opening night for the production at De Montfort Hall began.
Directed by Martin Connor, this performance of the world renowned musical drama based on the story of Maria Augusta Trapp is beautifully staged. The outstanding cast took the audience through the journey of the Austrian family’s escape from the Nazis during World War 2. Maria Rainer, portrayed by the The Voice UK’s Lucy O’Byrne, stuns the audience from start to finish as she takes us on the young nun’s journey from being sent to the house of Captain von Trapp from her convent to act as Governess to his seven children. The stern male protagonist runs a strict routine with his seven children, who answer to a whistle and march for exercise.
Having been recently widowed, Captain von Trapp, played by TV’s Andrew Lancel, has banned all singing in the manor. But, with the arrival of Maria, music is soon bursting through the venue with spectacular renditions of Do-Re-Me and The Lonely Goatherd with the help of the hugely talented young people who play the von Trapp children.
The whole evening consisted of drama, laughter, tears and ‘awwwws’ but my personal highlight was Mother Abbess (Rebecca Caines) execution of Climb Ev’ry Mountain which sent the audience into a roar of cheers. One for all the family to enjoy, this production runs at De Montfort Hall until Saturday 15th October.
Remaining tickets are available from www.demontforthall.co.uk.
Words by Pritesh Nathubhai