Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music has won generations of fans and this week Vision Theatre Company brings its production to Milford Haven.
It’s one of the best-loved and most iconic musicals there is.
The story is based on the 1949 memoir of Maria Rainer, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. It’s set against the backdrop of the rise of the Third Reich and contains many songs that have become standards, including Do-Re-Mi, My Favourite Things, Edelweiss, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, and the title song The Sound of Music.
The stage show was adapted as a 1965 film musical, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The acclaimed Vision Theatre Company has rapidly won a reputation for producing high-quality musical theatre shows, and the Sound of Music - following on the heels of its sell-out run of The Producers, earlier in the year - will be no exception. It stars Holly Twells as Maria and Dan Bower as Captain Von Trapp and is directed by Drew Baker; musical director is Clive Raymond.
Two teams of young people from Vision Youth Theatre will join the cast to play the parts of the Von Trapp children.
The cast has been thrilled to receive a message of support from Vision Arts’ patron Connie Fisher - who captured hearts of the public when she won the role in the 2006 production of the Sound of Music after she triumphed in the BBC show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria. Connie - who hails from Pembrokeshire - received a massive vote from her fans in the county that contributed to her success.
Director Drew Baker said: “The Sound of Music is a show that is almost universally loved - the musical score is one of the best-known and the story is simply iconic. It’s a real privilege to direct this wonderful show - especially directing this amazing cast of adults and children - who have worked so hard together as a team to provide what will simply be a feast of musical theatre entertainment.”
The show opens on Thursday evening, July 20 and runs until July 22, with a matinee on Saturday afternoon. Tickets are available from www.visionartswales.com