Nik Briggs, Artistic Director of York Stage Musicals is bringing The Sound of Music to the Grand Opera House, York for the first time in the show’s sixty-year history this Easter half term. The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is a departure from the modern productions that he is used to staging. These past shows includePriscilla- Queen of the Desert, Sister Act, Hairspray and Ghost: The Musical and upcoming September production Shrek: The Musical.
To celebrate the shows 60th Anniversary, York Stage Musicals have created a brand-new production. The ‘twee’ nature of the show has been stripped away but the fun has been kept. You can still expect to see clothes made out of curtains and the iconic mountains and the grandeur of the Von Trapp household. However, unlike previous productions which have focussed on the opulence of the story, the York Stage Musicals version will centre around Maria & the Von Trapps family as they explore the turmoil surrounding the supporting charters.
The Sound of Music tells the story of a young troublesome postulant Maria who is struggling with the constraints of life in the abbey. After being sent to the home of the Captain Von Trapp, to be governess to his seven children, she realises her calling may not be as straight forward as she originally thought. As she brings music and harmony back into the lives of the Von Trapp’s we see the world around them become divided as the Nazi’s advance and Anschluss becomes inevitable.
Leading the cast in the role of Maria is York actor, Joanne Theaker. Her credits include ITV’s Barbara, Hull Truck’s Thick as a Brick, and numerous roles for York Stage Musicals. Callum O’Connell will be keeping things in order as Captain Von Trapp and they will be joined by two teams of outstanding young actors as the Von Trapp children.
The Sound Of Music
Date: 12th-20th April
Tickets: £13.00-33.90 plus fee’s
Venue: Grand Opera House, York
Booking: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-sound-of-music/grand-opera-house-york/ or 0844 871 3024 (fee’s apply)