NOTTINGHAM’S Theatre Royal was packed for a spectacular production of the popular musical The Sound of Music - and judging by the rapturous applause at the end, the show was a triumph.
While it may have been difficult to capture the splendour of the Austrian Alps on stage compared to film, the set design was lavish, particularly in Captain Von Trapp’s house, with its chandeliers, terrace and mountain backdrop.
There was also something magical about live performances of the well-known songs such as Do-Re-Mi, My Favourite Things, The Sound of Music, as well as my favourite, Edelweiss.
Taking on a role played by Julie Andrews was always going to be a challenge - but Verity Rushworth, who is familiar to TV viewers for her part in Emmerdale, played the part beautifully.
Playing the young Maria, who is a nun in the abbey, Verity instantly endears herself to the audience with her humour along with her innocent passion for life and music.
But as she moves out of the abbey and becomes a governess for the seven Von Trapp children, we see her mature - until ultimately have to face the threat of the Nazi invasion.
The love story that plays out between Maria and Captain Von Trapp was very well staged - and there were definitely some tears being wiped away by the audience members.
The Von Trapp children were also adorable and all of them performed impeccably throughout, from tiny Gretel through to ‘Sixteen-going on-Seventeen’ Liesel.
Other stand-out performances came from Marilyn Hill Smith who played the head nun Mother Abbess and whose rousing performance of Climb Ev’ry Mountain was truly spine-tingling.
The Sound of Music runs until 6th August. For more details or to book tickets, visit www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk or call (0115) 989 5555. Catherine Allen