‘Sound of Music’ entertains audiences of all ages

Reviewed by Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent 

   DURHAM — A story loved by every generation graced the stage of the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) April 20-22, 2018. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical, “The Sound of Music” entertained audiences of all ages with its lively cast of characters and timeless music.
“The Sound of Music” follows Maria, a young girl who leaves the comfort of the Abbey to become a governess for the von Trapp children in pre-World War II Austria. By introducing the children to music and spontaneity, Maria soon wins over their hearts, and the heart of their widowed father.
   Jill-Christine Wiley played  Marian. Wiley’s performance embraced Maria’s youthfulness and optimistic view of the world she lived in. Between her sparkling smile and gorgeous vocals, Wiley made Maria a real and personal figure onstage.
Each and every actor played expertly off the others, making every scene seem completely natural. Their movement around the stage was never cluttered and the show moved flawlessly from scene to scene.
All of this was topped off with a breathtaking set. The set was incredibly detailed and used lighting and perspective to creatively add depth while leaving an enormous amount of room for the actors to use. The scenes involving the Abbey had “hallways” and “stained glass windows” while the von Trapp house was decorated with a staircase and a sparkling chandelier.  Almost always in the background was the gorgeous rendering of the Austrian hills, either seen with Maria running through them or through the windows of the von Trapp household.
For anyone who has ever enjoyed the iconic movie version of “The Sound of Music,” the stage version is not to be missed. There’s nothing like hearing your favorite songs live or seeing the raw emotion of love, fear and wonder displayed on stage.

 Rachel Teseneer is a sophomore at North Carolina State University and a Teens & 20s writer.

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