I seldom watch theatrical plays or Broadway shows. I was actually not up-to-date with those sorts of things in the past, but lately, I get thrilled whenever I encounter musical productions that seem promising, and The Sound of Music was among those that I looked forward to watch.
Last October 23, my friend and I went to see The Sound of Music at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of the Resorts World Manila. The show began its production on the 15th of October and will end on the 11th of December. Certainly, we’re all familiar with the show. It was originally performed as a film starring the famous Julie Andrews and I remember watching an animated adaptation series of this as well entitled the Von Trapp Family.
Here’s the plot description of the musical production:
Based on a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, a musical by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music showcases the story of Maria Rainer, a young postulant appointed as governess over the seven children of widower Captain Georg von Trapp. Maria takes on the role of a mother to her charges, teaches them the art of music and singing, and captivates the heart of the once cold and stern captain.
This was the first time I had been to Resorts World Manila and I was glad I got the chance to go there. Resorts World Manila is a hotel with, surprisingly, a built-in mall and a theater. Its theater, the Newport Performing Arts Theater, is actually huge and the seats are beyond comfortable as compared to other theaters I had been to. Moreover, the size stage was also spacious enough for the casts to move around. The place is, indeed, perfect for a show like The Sound of Music.
Throughout the show, I came to love the setting of the stage. The backdrop was evidently maximized in such a way that the production crews made use of an immensely large LED wall which served as the background scene for the show. The props and costumes used were sophisticated and were also appropriate for the scenes with which I was eventually amazed by how these props and costumes flawlessly portrayed what was actually happening in a certain scene. In short, they were well thought of and made perfectly. The crews’ efforts of making up the props and coming up with the costume designs surely did not go to waste.
Joanna Ampil landed the lead role as Maria Rainer and I was ecstatic to watch her sing and act. She was just as talented as Lea Salonga and she proved to be quite the professional performer. Her facial expressions paralleled to what her character was supposed to feel and her dialogues were as clear as glass. In fact, she truly outshone the other characters. What was a bit off in the show was that the other characters did not do justice to the level of professionalism Joanna Ampil showed. Some songs were sung off-key by the other characters. Moreover, their dialogues were not as clear as Joanna Ampil’s and the sound system of some scenes had minor glitches. What surprised me the most was that there was a live orchestra playing music throughout the show.
All in all, The Sound of Music was a good and enjoyable production, but I believed they can offer more to the audience than what they offer now. Either way, it was worth it. Lessons about love, family, and God can be drawn from the show and people will have an extraordinary opportunity to relive their past again, singing along in their minds the familiar songs such as “The Sound of Music”, “My Favorite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “Edelweiss”, and a lot more.