By Dafydd Jones
The hills are alive with the sound of music and the walls of the Wales Millennium Centre are currently ringing with just that. The hit show has made its way back into Cardiff and is making quite an impact.
The Sound of Music tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s journey across the Austrian mountains, as they try and escape the Nazi regime of the 1930s. It features the unforgettable score we all know and love, including the songs ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Every Mountain’, ‘The Lonely Goatherd’ and, of course, the title song ‘The Sound of Music’.
The role of Maria is taken on by Verity Rushworth, best known for playing the role of Donna Windsor in ITV1’s Emmerdale. Anyone who was sceptical about a soap star’s ability to take the stage by storm would have been pleasantly surprised. She undertakes the role with gusto and passion, and has an incredible voice which fills the theatre. A true performer who really does justice to the character of Maria.
The other leading cast member is Jason Donovan, who returns in the role of the stern but ultimately loveable Captain von Trapp. Jason is no stranger to stage roles, having previously played the part of Joseph in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. He did seem more tentative playing Captain Von Trapp, however, and took a while to settle into the character, but had fully embraced the role after the interval and appeared much more relaxed.
The stars of the show, though, were undoubtedly the children. Played by seven wonderful actors, they danced and sang perfectly in sync and were delightful to watch on stage. They had a great rapport with Rushworth and Donovan; clearly the product of endless rehearsals and fine-tuning. Not one of them had a word or foot out of place. Evidently the ‘never work with animals or children’ rule doesn’t always apply.
This is a show for all the family which will leave you with a warm feeling in your heart.
The Sound of Music is playing at the Wales Millennium Centre until the 3rd of September.
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