When the theatre came alive with the Sound of Music

Young Netra Prakash was one of Singapore’s early theatre-goers to watch the beloved Sound of Music when it opened @ Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. (It is on till 3 December 2017). She shares her experience with a review.

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 1.38.08 PMHave you watched the movie The Sound of Music?

I have some good news for you! Whether you have seen it or not, you have a great opportunity to watch a lovely musical! I went and I thought, why not write about my experience?

The hall outside the theatre has stalls, posters and advertisements everywhere. There were colourful little carts stacked with M&M packets and chips, and larger ones with food and drinks. A small shop sold cool Sound of Music t-shirts and posters.

After buying snacks, we entered the theatre. It was very large, and quite cold, so don’t forget to take a jacket along.

At the beginning, there was a screen with a picture of Maria singing Sound of Music. I was completely dazzled when the screen moved up and I saw the real Maria sitting on a small hill in the exact same position!

Of all the characters, my favourite was Brigitta von Trapp because of the humour she added to the play. The other children were great too. The children sang perfectly, even little Gretel! Liesel acted naturally and Gretel was so adorable!

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I also loved the beautiful costumes. Maria’s were pretty and simple, while the Baroness’ costumes were fancy and majestic.

In addition to the costumes, the sets were intricate. From the hill that looked so lush and green, to the completely realistic living room on the von Trapp house, every single prop left me astounded. I still wonder how they created the nuns’ church, where Maria and her new family hide from the Germans.

I enjoyed all the songs very much, and wanted to sing along. The live orchestra made the music come alive, making you feel like you were really inside the story. Of course, they had everyone’s favourites – You are sixteen going on seventeen, My favourite things and The lonely goatherd, but there were also extra songs sung by the baroness and her hilarious friend, Max.

When the play ended, everyone was sad to leave, and I truly think the actors deserved an encore.

Thank you, Netra. Keep writing and reviewing.

Pix borrowed off the Net.

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