Wolds will come alive with the sounds of this musical music
THE Wolds will come alive with the Sound Of Music when the Louth Playgoers stage their version of the world-renowned musical.
The group is to perform the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic at the town's Riverhead Theatre from Wednesday, May 16.
Based on a true story, the show follows Maria, a young nun in an Austrian convent who regularly misses her morning prayers in favour of taking walks into the surrounding hills to sing the title song.
Deciding that Maria needs to learn something about the real world, the Mother Superior sends her off to be governess for the children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp.
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As preparations for the show get into full swing, its cast are promising to wow the crowds with their performances of hit songs such as My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi and Edelweiss.
Speaking as the musical was rehearsed on stage for the first time, its director Sue Hamilton, said: "It's quite hectic at the minute and this is the first time that we have been able to get on the stage, so it is a very exciting time for us.
"The rights to put on a production of The Sound Of Music were only available for one year, because it has been on the West End and proven so popular, so we just thought that we would grab the opportunity while we could.
"It is such a popular family show; lots of people have seen the film and it also got a lot of coverage with the Andrew Lloyd-Webber show to find a new star to play Maria, so there is a lot of interest in it."
Sue said that 1,200 seats for performances have already been booked, meaning that time is running out to book your tickets for the show.
She said: "We have some fantastic sets and the musical numbers are just true classics.
"I defy the audiences not to join in with the songs and have fun; I think everyone who sees this show will want to sing along with us.
"As director, I'm really enjoying it, preparations are going really well and we are thoroughly looking forward to it.
"I just want everyone to enjoy it and have a good time – that is what it is all about."
Julie Medler, 27, of Market Rasen, who is taking on the principal role of Maria, said: "I was a part of it last time the rights were available for schools to put on performances of it about 13 years ago.
"I fell in love with it then, so it is great to be involved again and to be in the role of Maria is just an absolute privilege.
"I'm really excited about the show; it is a classic that is loved the world over."
Derek Smith, 30, Louth, who will play the part of Captain Von Trapp, said: "Because the rights were only available for one year, it really puts the spotlight on our show and for us to be part of that is fantastic.
"It is the Sound Of Music that everyone knows and loves but we're not imitating the film.
"Everyone knows that version of it but the stage version is very different with a couple of original songs that didn't make the film so there are a few nice surprises."
The Sound Of Music at Louth's Riverhead Theatre opens on Wednesday, May 16, at 7.30pm, with shows every evening until May 26.
Tickets cost £9.50, juniors (under-16s) are £4.00. Except Wednesday 16 when tickets are £8.50, juniors (under-16s) £4.00
For more information, visit www.riverheadtheatre.com or call 01507 600350.