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Theater Evaluation: ‘The Sound of Music’ by 2nd Star Productions

Leela Dawson as Maria and the solid of “The Sound of Music” by 2nd Star Productions. Photograph credit score 2nd Star Productions.

“The Sound of Music,” introduced by 2nd Star Productions, is a powerful model of this beloved musical. Directed by Kelsey Meiklejohn Bowen, it is simply the fitting traditional deal with for the vacation season, whether or not you are from the pre-VCR technology when the film was a staple of vacation tv programming watched by the entire household; new to the manufacturing; or introducing a teen to their first “Do-Re-Mi.”

…do your self a favor and take your self to see this family-friendly favourite in-person this vacation season. It is undoubtedly ‘One thing Good!

The gorgeous set drew me in earlier than the play even started, with its towering abbey arches and completely attractive backdrop of mountains and lake by WATCH Award profitable set painter and 2nd Star founder, Jane Wingard. The nuns’ opening chant completely enhances the opening scene with its easy magnificence. The second when the only melody line transforms into full concord was breathtaking. The nuns’ pure vocal tone and on-point pitch shimmered by means of the theater and gave a touch as to the extraordinarily top quality of vocals that might be loved all through your entire night.

Leela Dawson as Maria had fairly the duty to make her first onstage look alone and instantly carried out a show-stopping quantity, however she wowed together with her spectacular supply of the title music. Her tone de ella was as crystal clear because the lake behind her and her vibrato de ella was gorgeous. She amazed together with her genuine yodels on “The Lonely Goatherd.” They have been higher than Julie Andrews’, and that is saying one thing! Dawson is a particularly expressive singer, imbuing shifting feelings and boatloads of character into each music that she carried out all through the present. Her de ella performing expertise de ella matches her de ella singing de ella and he or she really brings Maria to life—from her humble piety and her cheerful interactions with the youngsters to her angst and despair over her love for the captain and her romantic moments de ella with him.

Sargon de Jesus as Captain von Trapp was impressed together with his darkish, velvety vocal tone and it was a deal with each time he sang. I’ve to present him kudos for his performing de él as nicely, as a result of within the Captain’s first scene with Maria, de Jesus was so chilly that I feared for any future chemistry between the pair. When he falls for Maria, he thaws right into a heat, devoted associate who’s a splendidly sharp distinction to his unique stern, whistling self of him, rendering the pair’s love story sweetly tender and plausible. One other powerhouse vocalist was Mom Abbess Sarah Mitchell. Her richly educated voice de ella rose as lofty and highly effective because the mountain peaks within the distance in “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and he or she gave me chills on her excessive notes, particularly when she unleashed into her full vibrato. Brava certainly!

Aubrey Anderson as Liesl von Trapp additionally has lovely vocal supply. Mitchell is a rising freshman and vocal/musical theater main at Ithaca School, the place she is certain to fulfill a lot success. Her performing abilities de ella have been pretty much as good as her de ella singing de ella, particularly her de ella excited scream de ella after she bravely pecks de ella boyfriend Rolf (the warmly partaking Blake Martin) on the lips for the primary time. Each Mitchell and Martin have been unbelievable in “Sixteen Occurring Seventeen” and introduced an lovable vitality to their enjoyable choreography. I used to be a little bit nervous for Mitchell’s security when the seat of the backyard bench flew up as she leapt off it. I hope will probably be extra firmly secured for future performances.

I particularly loved the scene-stealing duo of Max Detweiller (the hilarious Bryan Hargraves) and Baroness Elsa Schraeder (the droll Stephanie Bernholz Leuschner). Their onstage personalities couldn’t be extra completely different, and so they performed off one another to perfection. Elsa was the queen of high-society diction, overly refined amusement, and dry sarcasm, whereas Max was outrageously however endearingly manipulative, gregarious, and over-the-top. What a pair! It was such a deal with that the stage model provides them songs of their very own to carry out whereas the film model does not, as a result of I could not get sufficient of those two.

The von Trapp kids all did a unbelievable job, significantly Risa Gabriel as Brigitta and DeMarcus Tanque as Kurt. Their humorous supply of selection traces had me in stitches. Noam Siegal as Friederich, Jillian Sank as Louisa, Lillian Mae Jackson as Marta, and Grace Wenzel as Gretl additionally introduced robust performances and have been extremely pleasant to look at all through your entire present.

I extremely advocate “The Sound of Music” as a really well-done manufacturing with high-quality vocals and performing. In case your solely expertise with “The Sound of Music” is the film, do your self a favor and take your self to see this family-friendly favourite in-person this vacation season. It is undoubtedly “One thing Good!”

Operating Time: Roughly two hours 45 minutes with one intermission.

“The Sound of Music,” runs by means of December 17, 2022 introduced by 2nd Star Productions on the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, MD 20715 (in Whitemarsh Park). For extra data and tickets, please click on right here. COVID-19 POLICY: Audiences members should stay masked whereas within the Playhouse, and vaccination is strongly really useful.

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