With a fine cast led by Jen Corey’s shining performance as Maria to the meticulous attention to detail in costume and set design, The Hingham Civic Music Theatre skillfully and ambitiously bring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s family musical classic, ‘The Sound of Music’ to life, and the show might be just as you remembered. ‘The Sound of Music’ concludes its run on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. A final matinee performance will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 4 p.m. Click here for tickets and more information!
Soon to be celebrating the beloved film’s 50th anniversary, what makes Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘The Sound of Music’ so moving is it captures a harrowing period in history and weaves into it faith and joy through the power of music. Based on a true story, it tells the tale of jubilant Maria (Jen Corey), a young woman who becomes a governess to a naval widower, Captain Von Trapp (Brian Jipson), and his large family during World War II.
All performances take place at the Hingham Town Hall (Sanborn Auditorium on 2nd floor) 210 Central street in Hingham, Massachusetts. ‘The Sound of Music’ is a large production, and director Bill Boyer makes insightful use of this theatre space by not limiting the production to just the stage.
One of the most daunting tasks of portraying Maria in ‘The Sound of Music’ is the constant shadow of the iconic portrayal of Maria given in the film version by legendary actress, Julie Andrews. However, Jen Corey as Maria, is earnestly up to the task while making Maria all her own. Her rich, full, chiming vocals, animated mannerisms, and natural stage presence combine into a solid portrayal, her charming presence heightening each scene.
Jen shares warm, maternal moments with Eve Montague, who also delivers a powerful performance as Mother Abess. Eve portrays Mother Abess with quiet strength in her discerning actions and carries the song, ‘Climb Every Mountain’ to the top. Jen and Eve’s wonderful chemistry is especially evident during their rendition of the song, ‘My Favorite Things.’
Another highlight of the production is the enchanting Van Trapp children. From shy Kurt to darling young Gretl, each child set themselves apart with their own unique take on their characters. The children’s combined vocals have a harmonious and greatly touching quality and the choreography is captivating, especially in their affectionate interaction with Maria during the numbers, ‘Do-Re-Mi,’ and ‘My Favorite Things.’
Through shy glances and careful choreography, the Van Trapp eldest daughter Lisel, played by Lydia Blodgett, and Rolf, portrayed by Christopher Hrivnak, share some good chemistry, especially during the classic tune, ‘Sixteen going on Seventeen.’
Elsa, played by Tanya Capawana, has a smooth glide to her step and an intimidating stare. Tanya is well cast as Elsa, possessing a light, airy soprano voice and can carry ornate jewelry with refinement. Max, played with charismatic ease by Brian Kenerson lends a great deal of humor to his role. With each sarcastic glance, he is inescapably charming, but enigmatic. His scenes with Elsa are particularly fascinating to watch.
The sets are colorful, largely painted with attention to fine detail, especially in the Van Trapp house. The set is adorned with velvet chairs with gold detail and a multi-dimensional foyer. The costumes are fresh, colorful, detailed, and add flair to each scene, especially in the Van Trapp children’s often matching outfits. It is also difficult to miss the fine detail paid to each character’s hairstyles, especially the women. The hairstyles are in tune with the culture and time period, delicate braids neatly done for the girls and hair often swept into a complex pattern.
See the beauty in Hingham Civic Music’s Theatre’s production of the family musical classic, ‘Sound of Music’ as it concludes its run this weekend. Performances take place on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. A final matinee performance will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 4 p.m.