Beloved musical returns to Hargest stage

THE Sound of Music will return to James Hargest College next week.
It was the fourth time the school had staged the much-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, following performances in 1977, 1990 and 1999, director Jonathan Tucker said.
The timeless story follows a young woman studying to become a nun, who becomes the governess for the von Trapp family in Salzburg in 1938. Following the annexing of Austria into Nazi Germany, the family flees to Switzerland.
One of the main drawcards of The Sound of Music was the music, Tucker said, including Do-Re-Mi, Climb Every Mountain and The Lonely Goatherd. The production would also feature two songs which weren’t in the 1965 film.
‘‘Apart from the music the story is delightful. It’s a lovely group of people escaping what was going to be an awful period.’’
Deputy principal Alan Pannett has designed and built the set, with musical direction by Lesley Little and choreography by Pip Paulin.
This year’s production featured more than 50 pupils, including some from the junior campus, and two sets of sisters playing four of the von Trapp children, he said.
Many of the cast from last year’s production My Fair Lady returned this year, Tucker said, including Dryw McArthur (Captain von Trapp/Professor Henry Higgins) who will travel to London’s Globe Theatre next month to perform with Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s Young Shakespeare Company. He also won two awards at the national Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival earlier this month for best communication with the audience and most promising actor.
Í The Sound of Music, James Hargest College senior campus auditorium, Monday to Thursday, 7.30pm. Tickets available from the senior campus office.

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