Valley set to ring with The Sound Of Music

Maria and the Captain - actors Elizabeth Wrathall and Andy McNally are among the stars of St Michael's Amateurs' production of The Sound of Music
Maria and the Captain - actors Elizabeth Wrathall and Andy McNally are among the stars of St Michael's Amateurs' production of The Sound of Music

It’s undoubtedly one of the best loved musicals of all time, and later this month the hills will be alive with The Sound Of Music in the Calder Valley.

St Michael’s Amateurs take the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic to the stage at St Michael’s Parish Hall from November 25 to November 29 inclusive.

The show will start each night at 7.15pm and there will also be a matiness on Saturday, November 29, at 2.15pm.

Produced by Eric Alston with musical direction by Peter Drinkel and choreography by Rowena Sweeney, the classic musical, which famously starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummwer when it hit the big screen, tells the story of the Von Trapp family, whose lives are upturned by the arrival of their governess, former nun Maria, and the rise of the Nazi Party in Austria with the annexation of that country in Anschluss in 1938.

Featuring ever-popular numbers such as “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?”, “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” and the title song “The Sound of Music”, it remains a hit on stage and screen.

The production gives many young cast members the chance to shine.

Elizabeth Wrathall will play Maria Von Trapp with Andy McNally taking the role of Captain Von Trapp, with Veronica Walker as the Mother Abbess.

To give the maximum number of youngsters, especially the young children, the chance to take part, there will be two troops of Von Trapp children used in the show’s run.

Charlotte Alderson as Liesl and Sophie Bingham as Louisa will appear each time but the other roles will be alternated through the run.

Friedrich will be played by Josh Greenwood and Matthew Morgan; Kurt will be played by Tom Davies and Harrison Allen; Brigitta will be played by Lucy Bingham and Lara Dillon; Marta will be played by Katie Greenwood and Beth Blacker; and Gretl will be played by Elona Hughes-Dennis and Emily Morgan.

The cast have been rehearsing hard since September, and tickets for the shows are now available.

They are priced at £10 for adults, £8 concessionary rates and £5 for children under 16. They can be booked by calling the ticket hotline on 07717 128210.