McIntyre Hall is filling with “The Sound of Music” and “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Edelweiss” continue to delight as enduring melodies against a backdrop of political and personal struggles that remain poignant today.
Lyric Light Opera presents this Rogers and Hammerstein masterpiece through this weekend. This company’s rendition is as pure as the Swiss mountain air. It’s tip-top family entertainment that will make your spirits soar.
This musical version includes all the ageless sing-along tunes with the addition of a not-so-familiar song excluded from the movie version.
This “Sound of Music” also has gorgeous scenery design by Christopher McCollum with a von Trapp house that was all blues and golds and gilded with a cascading spiral staircase (the scenery was originally designed and built for Utah Festival Opera Company).
Finally, there’s the gifted cast that includes a wonderfully spunky Maria Rainer and a noble Capt. Georg von Trapp, who is faced with leaving his beloved Austria with his seven children and Maria to escape the Nazis.
Maria was played by Cayman Ilika, making her stage debut with Lyric Light Opera but having recently been Julie in “Show Boat” with Village Theatre.
Ilika’s voice was absolutely stunning, a well-trained instrument that often produced goose bumps. Her spunk and chemistry with the talented Matthew Posner as the captain was spot on and their tender moment certainly touched a chord during “Something Good.”
Other standouts include Emily Purcell as Mother Abbess, delivering a downright spiritual version of “Climb Every Mountain,” and of course the von Trapp children, which included the three real off-stage sisters Natalie, Kristina and Anna Howell, with their fourth sister Sarah Howell playing a nun and a yodeler.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Sound of Music”
7:30 tonight, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. Tickets start at $15. Call 360-416-7727, ext. 2, or go to www.mcintyrehall.org.