14th Feb – 18th Feb 2012 at The Gracie Fields Theatre. Reviewed by Rochdale Style Magazine.
Rochdale Amateur Operatic Society pulled out all the stops in their recent production of The Sound of Music, directed by Howard Raw, with Musical Direction by John Stevens.
No introductions are needed for this Rodgers & Hammerstein timeless classic, which tells the story of Maria and the Von Trapp family and is packed to the brim with well-loved songs, such as My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss and Climb Every Mountain.
Laura Meredith-Hoyle shone as Maria, perfectly capturing the spirit and mischievousness of the character. She was well supported by the very talented James Cockerill as Captain Von Trapp, who gave a tear-jerking rendition of Edelweiss. The seven Von Trapp children won the hearts of the audience, each giving professional and spirited performances. Vicky Radburn showed off her impressive vocal ability as Mother Abbess in her powerful delivery of Climb Every Mountain. Sean Howarth (Rolf) and Angela Grady (Countess Elsa Shraeder) also put in strong performances and the a cappella singing nun’s never failed to impress.
The cast received an enthusiastic applause from a very satisfied audience, many of whom found it hard to resist humming Do-Re-Mi as they left the theatre!