A few months ago, David’s first words to me when I picked him up from school was “Mummy! Ms Seet (music teacher) says that there’s going to be a show called The Sound Of Music that’s very, very good, and we must ask our daddy and mummy to bring us!” And that was how I knew that one of the world’s best loved musicals THE SOUND OF MUSIC was coming to us in Singapore this year end.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is one of my mother’s favourite shows, and I remember watching it a few times when I was a child. At that age, although I didn’t quite get the historical side of the movie, I was smitten with the spirited charm that is Julie Andrew’s character, Maria. I even memorised most of the songs by hard, my favourite one being “My Favourite Things”.
Of course, I was excited to share the magic of this unforgettable story with the boys, and we were thrilled to get tickets for yesterday’s Gala Night event at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. Judging by the full house turnout and repeated thunderous applause of the audience, we weren’t the only ones who thought that this production is truly one of the best ones we’ve seen in recent years. In fact I’ve heard that, due to popular demand, the season’s run has been extended to end on 3 December 2017.
It was lovely to meet these mummy friends there last night 🙂 Obviously, all the kids are in holiday mood already, since the exams are over…
THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family’s escape across the Austrian mountains as tensions rise prior to the outbreak of World War II.
Younger kids might need you to explain the historical side of things a bit. David didn’t quite get why there were soldiers coming to the house, or why they raised their arms with a “Herr!”, so I had to whisper the basics of WWII to him at points during the show. Meanwhile, Daryl was completely enraptured during every song-and-dance number, and utterly tickled by his fellow cutie-pie, the littlest Von Trapp girl, Gretl.
As a musical adaptation of the well-loved TV production, certain scenes from the original show did have to be cut, and there are some new songs mingled among the familiar repertoire. However, all the classics are included, such as “Do-Re-Mi”, “Climb Every Mountain”, “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” and a very touching rendition of “Edelweiss”. I was very impressed with how the scenes flowed seamlessly and integrated these well-loved tunes into the storyline.
The casting for this production is excellent, with every character so well suited for his or her role. Carmen Pretorius as Maria blew me away with her beautiful voice, not to mention her chemistry with Captain Von Trapp (Nicholas Maude) and camaraderie with the Von Trapp children. The dashing Captain was the epitome of integrity and a perfect gentleman, and I like how he transformed from a detached father to a compassionate dad as the show progressed.
Mother Abbess (Janelle Visagie) wowed the crowd with her moving rendition of “Climb Every Mountain” and was disarmingly real with her motherly love for her younger, spirited charge.
And of course, the children. Little Gretl was a crowd favourite, as expected, but the other kids all certainly held their own. In case you didn’t know, six of the seven Von Trapp children are actually child actors and actresses from our very own Singapore! Eighteen children were chosen for the six roles (three per character), and they will perform in rotation throughout the season as Gretl, Marta, Brigitta, Kurt, Louisa and Friedrich. You will fall in love with them, I guarantee!
“Mummy, remember how all the children screamed and ran to Maria’s room when there was a thunderstorm? Next time, I want to do that!” – David says that was the most memorable scene for him, and added, “Mummy, the children all can sing and dance so well. How come they can practice so hard and don’t need to go to school?”
Meanwhile, Daryl liked “So Long Farewell” the best, and wants to try to follow the actions, if I can find the video for him on Youtube. 😉
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is truly a spectacular production that will not disappoint its fans, young and old alike. It’s wonderful for the whole family, and a great way to start the end-of-year school holidays! It runs at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands from now till 3 December 2017. Get your tickets from SISTIC now – I hear that seats are running out fast!
We were sponsored a family pack of tickets to The Sound Of Music by Sliding Doors Entertainment for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions stated are ours. All performance photos used are from Base Entertainment Asia.