By Sinolwazi April
To all the lovers of music, young or old, sit back and relaxed and let The Sound of Music serenade your soul. With the festive season upon us, make sure to include on your family’s buckets list The Playhouse Company’s fresh and vibrant new production of The Sound of Music.
The Sound of Music is one of the most popular musicals ever written and is performed somewhere in the world on just about every day of the year. It was made into a very successful film after its success on Broadway and in the West End and has been revived many times in many countries since then. This Festive Season it’s Durban’s turn to see it again!
The production is an iconic piece which could be described as a classic piece of musical theatre. Theatre legend, Ralph Lawson who is the director of the show said they hope their groundbreaking new approach to the staging of the work will bring some surprises and fresh insight to it.
The musical is based on a true story about the von Trapp family who famously escaped the occupation of Austria by the Nazi’s at the start of the Second World War. The von Trapp’s were an aristocratic Austrian family for whom a lady called Maria Rainer, a young postulant at Nonnberg Abbey, worked as a governess. Maria and Captain Von Trapp, the head of the family, eventually fell in love and were married just before their escape.
Lawson said he draws most of his inspiration from the people he works with. “ My creative team consisting of set and costume designers, a musical director, a choreographer and, of course, a dedicated body of people who work tirelessly to make costumes, manage the staging, market the production and contribute in a million ways to make the show special,” said the director.
“What’s really unique and thrilling about the Playhouse production is the presence of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. This world class orchestra will accompany every
performance,” said Lawson.
Lawson’s career spans nearly fifty years during which he’s received numerous awards for acting and directing, the latest being a Naledi Award for his role as Alan Paton in A Voice I Cannot Silence, which had a season at the Playhouse Loft Theatre in May this year.
Catch the show at the Playhouse Opera Theatre from the 24th November until the 31st December. Tickets are R150, R180, R200 and R225 if pre-booked at Computicket, and R170, R200, R220 and R245 at the door one hour before the show, space permitting. Students and pensioners receive a discount of 30% off the highest ticket price.