Austria comes to Dargaville
by Andy Bryenton
After months of rehearsals and choral practice, Dargaville Little Theatre’s production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music enjoyed a successful opening night last Saturday, May 11.
An ensemble cast of soldiers, aristocrats, nuns and servants joined the family Von Trapp on stage to present the story of the singing troupe’s escape from the Nazis in 1930s Austria.
The Dargaville Little Theatre is made up entirely of volunteers, so every actor and singer (some from as far afield as Whangarei) has kindly donated their time to make this visual and musical feast a success.
So, too, are the team who organise choreography and costumes, lighting, sound, sets and props. An audience, which came close to full capacity, were the first to witness DLT’s humorous and perfectly pitched interpretation of what is known to thespians as a challenging production.
Special mention must go not only to the vocal talent on display but also to the seven actors playing the Von Trapp children, from the age of 5 to, as the song says, ‘16 going on 17’.
All displayed consummate professionalism. Tickets are still available for the continuing run of The Sound of Music in Dargaville, including two family-friendly Sunday matinees on May 19 and May 26.