The Sound of Music: Bath Light Operatic Group, Theatre Royal Bath
The Sound of Music
Bath Light Operatic Group
Theatre Royal Bath
Obviously Blog members have no truck with WC Fields and his warning about working with animals and children, well, children anyway. They all seemed quite content to let seven of the latter steal what turned out to be a fabulous show.
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WC Fields didn't say anything about working with a Mother Abbess but if he had, the cast might well have been advised to listen.
If the kids aren't very careful Sarah Phillips is going to steal this week's show from right under their noses. Her stunningly clear voice rasied the Theatre Royal rafters at the end of both acts with Climb Ev'ry Mountain.
You'd have to have a heart of stone not to leave the theatre with at least a tear or two.
The company performed the show ten years ago and on the basis that you can't have too much of a much-loved musical, here they are doing it all over again.
Some people like Rebecca Henderson who plays Maria are new to the Bath show. Others like talented Geoff White, who again takes the role of Captain von Trapp, have been there before. But you'd be hard pressed to remember when the whole company was in finer form than on opening night this week.
It is hard to imagaine where someone might have been since 1959 if they claimed to know nothing about The Sound of Music.
Most people know most of the songs which are set around the tale of Maria who leaves the convent to nursemaid seven young children whose mother is dead and who are ruled in military style by their father.
It turns into a love story but one with a sensational ending as the newly cemented family is forced to leave Nazi occupied Austria to cross the mountains into Switzerland.
But however good the adults are the show rests largely on the shoulders of the children. Capable shoulders in this case. On opening night they were James Mayger, Lauren Cheshire, George Tucker, Jessica Finch, Molly Phillips, Sophie Feierabend and Sophie Baxter.
The second team were Ben Cooper, Martha Clements, Oliver Swales, Lily Edwards, Maisie Humphries, Hollie Roberts and again Sophie Baxter. The show runs until Sunday.