ACT brings famous musical to life onstage

Reviewed by  Jessica Page
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

Members of Alamance Children’s Theatre will present “The Sound of Music” for two weekends beginning Friday, March 15, 2013, at the Paramount Theater in Burlington. Scott Muthersbaugh / Times-News

Alamance Children’s Theatre (ACT) has a reputation of putting on quality shows and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical “The Sound of Music” will be no different.  The story of the musical von Trapp family will have you singing along with the classic tunes.
The show starts out in Nonnberg Abbey where the nuns’ choir sings beautifully and harmonically. Voices of the actors are clear and high, just like a choir should sound. Afterward, a few of the nuns start looking for Maria who has disappeared into the hills of the mountains, singing all the way. Allie Allen, who plays Maria, has a good, strong voice and creates wonderful emotion with her facial expressions.
Mother Abbess, played by Lauren Gornto, then tells Maria she doesn’t seem ready to become a nun. Maria tries to convince Mother Abbess she can do what is right so she can stay. But the Mother insists and she obeys; they sing together as the next scene comes to life.

   At the von Trapp home, Captain von Trapp, played by Jonathan Dix, paces the floor after blowing the whistle for the housekeeper, played by Amanda Baker.
Maria, the new governess, then comes in, guitar and suitcase in hand, and meets the Captain with a hesitant air about her. Captain whistles loudly for his seven children and they race down the stairs, assembling in a straight and orderly line. The children introduce themselves just like they do in the movie, stomping and belting out their names.
After the Captain leaves, she asks them to repeat their names. This is the scene where she teaches them how to sing with the song “Do Re Mi.” They dance around the stage joyfully. The young performers are both entertaining and captivating as their individual characters. The show is similar to the movie and is appropriate for all ages.
Each moment of ACT’s “Sound of Music” is full of childlike fun and tender parts between the Captain, Maria and the musical children. You will be entranced by the beautiful performance and may even tear up a bit. The production is sponsored by LabCorp.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. March 22-23 and 2 p.m. March 24 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. The March 24 matinee will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing; limited seating is available so reservations are encouraged.
Tickets are $8 for adults; $7 for students and seniors and $6 for groups of eight or more and can be purchased between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at the box office or one hour prior to showtime. Credit card reservations can be made by calling (336) 222-TIXS.
For more information on the Alamance Children’s Theatre, visit alamancechildrenstheatre.com.

 Jessica Page is a home-schooled graduate and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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