Sunday, June 23, 2013
A few months ago I had the opportunity to sign up for a series of plays that were to be held at a theatre in the round at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Ma.

The package that was offered consisted of five plays.

If you signed up for that package, you paid for four shows, and got the fifth one at no cost.

Good deal?

The only trouble with that offer was that you really weren't excited about all of the plays but a good deal is a good deal so I decided, what the heck, I'm going!

Last Wednesday I attend the first play of the season.

It was "The Sound of Music."

I've seen the movie a number of times, saw the play and over the years whenever I heard the Roger and Hammerstein music I thought of Julie Andrews singing all the wonderful songs from that musical.

So I figured, ok, I'll see it again, it should be a pleasant afternoon.

Well, was I surprised!!

Here it is almost a week later and my friends and I are still talking about it!!

From the moment "Maria", played by Lisa O'Hare, opened her mouth and sang "The Sound of Music" I was mesmerized.

She not only had a magnificent voice, she was MARIA - the way she talked to the children, the way her body moved and how she danced - perfection!

Lisa O'Hare: Image courtesy Lisa Keating Photography

Captain Georg von Trapp, played by David Andrew Macdonald, was no slouch either.

As a widower and former navy commander he subjects his children to military style discipline. He did a fine job singing but what I really enjoyed seeing was when he "melted."

In one scene his youngest little girl stands before him with out-strechted arms and wants a hug from daddy - it takes a minute and he gives her a hug!

For me there were many moments where a song was sung by an outstanding performer where I did not applaud right away - I don't ever remember being so enthralled with the number that it took me a minute to respond!

Everyone involved with this production did a marvelous job and made "The Sound of Music" come alive to the audience!

Millie, I am so glad you went! How nice to be so pleasantly surprised. I hope that all of the shows have a similar effect on you!!
How very nice!
Hi Millie,
I saw "The Sound of Music" last Sunday and it was amazing!The North Shore Music Theatre is in the round and the production was the BEST I ever saw there.
I left the theatre so uplifted and upbeat because of all the beautiful performances and music!
Excellent. They had a high hurdle to overcome and it looks like they pulled it off. Lucky you. Dianne
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