By Natasa Popovic
“When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favourite things and then I don’t feel so bad”
Walking into the theatre is always an exciting experience but the Sound of Music production running in Johannesburg at the moment will blow you away. Beautifully made props, elegantly sewn costumes and the voices of an all-South African cast will give you goosebumps from start to end.
The Sound of Music follows the adventure of Maria, a young Austrian woman studying to become a nun at an Abbey in Salzburg in 1938. She has a love of music and mountains as well as a youthful enthusiasm that becomes a concern to the other nuns at the Abbey. Maria is sent by Mother Abbess to the house of a retired naval officer and widower in order to be a governess to his seven children. There she is introduced to the strict military disciplinary methods used by Captain Georg to raise his children. With Maria’s lack of discipline and need for adventure the manner in which she is told to raise the children is completely new and daunting for her so instead she takes the children under her wing and exudes patience and kindness while teaching the children to sing and dance and to enjoy their lives like they did before the death of their mother. As the play runs through, we are introduced to a love connection between Maria and the Captain as well as the troubles that follow when we learn that Austria has been annexed by the Third Reich. To find out how the story ends, do yourself a favour and head to the Montecasino Teatro Theatre.
This Sound of Music performance captures this incredible story in an array of well-choreographed performances, alongside the eloquent and beautiful voices of the cast. It tells a wonderful story and also contains a few musical additions that were not in the original motion picture, but which still capture the essence of the story. Carmen Pretorius’ performance as Maria is exceptional. She sounds just the part and looks it too. Personally, we would have loved for the play to go on for a little longer as we were enjoying it so much!
The play runs throughout the month of April, and attracts audiences young and old. It would be a wise decision to check the show times out and get your tickets booked!