The Sound of Music, Getting Sentimental

The Sound of Music, Getting Sentimental

I spent my Wednesday night alternately weeping, and clapping enthusiastically, through the Sound of Music at the Hippodrome. Weeping at the depths to the movie that I had failed to notice as a little girl and clapping at the incredible singing and performances put on by an impeccable cast.

My sister and I grew up with the Sound of Music and would spend our weekends watching the video of it over and over. I knew all of the words to ‘Do, a Deer’ and ‘Climb Every Mountain’ while the yodelling goat herd song brought back scenes of the puppet show that had to be cut from last night’s performance. I had forgotten entire parts such as the father’s love interest and the politically sensitive role played by his friend Max who was central in noting the particular position in society that the Von Trapp family occupied.

I saw what I understood at the time and it was about children trying to have fun in a repressed household. A couple of decades later I noticed that while the children brought all the focus of the story to a useful point they weren’t necessarily the principal characters. The father has to deal with his grief and identity, while Maria, the trainee nun and governess, has to deal with new found emotions, freedom and choosing the right life for her. Running away is about denial as much as it is about pleasing everyone while failing to make yourself happy.

The choice to leave your country of birth or whatever you call home left me in even more tears as the strength of the family was highlighted in helping you overcome difficulties. All of it was beautifully performed and brought to life by a great cast of characters and they made it easy to see why this classic has endured decades of success. The love and happiness that translates to the sound of music – lower case – rings out when you are true to yourself and it was magical.

See Bristol Culture for a proper review of the musical and to experience the highlights and depths of it yourself make sure to catch the performance which runs until 4 December 2010 in Bristol.

Visit http://www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk/ for more details.

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