“The Sound of Music”

There is an excellent production of the Broadway musical, “The Sound of Music,” currently showing at the Diamond Head Theatre. It’s based on a true story, written by Maria von Trapp, who was a Catholic postulant in a convent in Salzburg, Austria, before being sent out to be a governess for seven children. Their father was a widower and a retired Navy captain. Maria brought music and laughter back to the captain’s home. After winning the hearts of the children, it was just a matter of time before Maria won the heart of Captain von Trapp. After their wedding and honeymoon, however, Maria’s husband faced the horrible prospect of being forced to join the German Nazi Navy. How he and his family managed to escape was incredible.

It’s an amazing story, which still resonates with people all around the world. I saw the movie version in 1966 and must have watched it ten times, if not more, over the years. We even own a DVD of the movie. It never fails to move me to tears.

The cast of this beautiful production at Diamond Head Theatre consists of talented actors and actresses from the local community. Sarah Halford stars as Maria von Trapp. David and I discussed her vocal performance, and we both agreed that Halford sounds better than Mary Martin, who starred in the original Broadway musical, and sounds almost as good as Julie Andrews, who starred in the movie. Halford is an excellent actress, too.

The orchestra was conducted by Emmett Yoshioka. It consisted of keyboard, violin, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, French Horn, bass, percussion and drums. Some of the musicians played multiple instruments. Arlene Koh played the violin beautifully.

This is David in front of the marquee:

This is the stage:

This is the orchestra:

P.S. Don’t let the photos fool you. This performance was sold out. No empty seats at all.

8 Responses to ““The Sound of Music””

  1. DavidH Says:

    What can I say but WOW, THAT WAS AMAZING! You do not have to go to broadway to get quality broadway musicals in Hawaii. It is 37 degrees in New York City and 77 degrees in Honolulu. We have the culture and we have the weather. I am so blessed to be able to live here.

  2. wisewebwoman Says:

    How lovely, Gigi. One of my faves too. I was fortunate to attend mass with my father in Vermont many years ago and there were several actual Von Trapp family members singing in the choir and we spoke to them afterwards and went up to their lodge. Memorable.

  3. Christine Says:

    The movie is an all time favourite too. Try this real peanut butter recipe it’s a winner https://theenglishkitchen.blogspot.com/2014/11/soft-and-chewy-peanut-butter-cookies.html

  4. Tom at Sightings Says:

    I’m continually amazed at how much culture and sophistication you get out there on your tiny little island in the middle of the Pacific. (Did I just reveal my NY bias?

  5. DJan Says:

    I still hum songs from that musical. It’s wonderful that you were able to enjoy this version. Makes me smile to think of how often you get to see something like this.

  6. Elephant's Child Says:

    I think most of us know and can sing some of the songs from that musical. It has found a way into our hearts and minds.
    You are so very lucky to have seen such a talented version of the classic.

  7. Rain Frances Says:

    Oh I love that movie so much!

  8. Kay G. Says:

    Oh! How much I would have LOVED to have seen this, you have no idea!! I adore Rodgers and Hammerstein, to begin with and The Sound of Music is my favorite! Have you ever read the book by Maria VonTrapp? It is fascinating! Did you know that she couldn’t speak any English when she came to America? She was so very brilliant, most people have no idea. Find her book and read it, you will thank me!

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