Produce the most loved musical in theatre history, include the largest Maltz cast, start the show with angelic voices singing in an Austrian abbey, hire the most endearing, talented actress/vocalist to play Maria (Catherine Walker), give the audience elegant costumes, breathtaking sets, a live orchestra, Richard Rodgers melodic score, Oscar Hammerstein’s unforgettable lyrics and “the hills are alive with The Sound of Music!” You have a smash hit! Directed by (Marc Robin) multi (16) Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award winner. Run to your cell phone and secure your tickets now.
“How do you solve a problem like Maria” You don’t (Catherine Walker) is the star of this show. Her voice sounds as glorious as the classic Julie Andrews. When the children bring music back into their home surprising Captain Von Trapp singing Sound of Music their father is so touched he embraces each of his children with not a dry eye in the house. Captain von Trapp (Michael Sharon) hits every beat and gets extra credit for finding the comedy in the serious moments. Even with his stern military ways we are captivated finding him endearing. His shining moment singing good bye to his country with Edelweiss is heartfelt.
Capturing all the magical moments are the children Marta (Molli Sramowicz), Kurt (Riley Anthony) Louisa (Coleen Broome) Gretl (Skye A. Friedman), Liesl (Jenny Piersol) Brigitta (Emily E. Rynasko) Friedrich (Jose Kropp) with Do-Re-Mi, My Favorite Things, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen and So Long, Farewell. Songs written for the film “I Have Confidence” and “Something Good” are happily added and received well by the audience. Rounding out the cast with important understudies Gretl (Juliana S. Carrasco), Kurt (Matthew Paszkiet) Brigitta (Shoshana Simons), Liesl/Louisa (Talia Suskauer)
Elsa Schraeder (Elisa Van Duyne) holds the audience in her hand with her elegance, attractive, sophisticate wealthy socialite portrayal, Mother Abbess (April Woodall) is sensational, her rendition of Climb Ev’ry Mountain is something to savor her voice is still echoing through the entire mountain ranges. This show is definitely a highlight of the Florida Theatre Season. Wonderful cast members include Max Detweiler (Randall Frizado), Rolf Gruber (Michael Shultz), Sister Sophia (Aaron Bower) Sister Margaretta (Katie Sina), Sister Bertha (Beth Kirkpatrick) Nun (Fran Borgenicht), Nun (Teresa J. Campani), Nun (Eileen Weissmann), Extra Nun (Beverly Wiesler), Franz (Steve Calzaretta), Nazi Youth (Patrick Condon) Nazi Youth (Nicky Wood), Kerr Zelle (Edward Kemper), Admiral von Schreiber (Andrew Kindig), Frau Schmidt (Meghan Collen Moroney), Dance Captain (Katie Hagen), Ensemble; Jessica Ball, Dorea Schmidt, Patty Shukla.
The A Team includes Musical Director Aaron McAllister does a excellent job with the orchestrations and cast harmonies, the children’s voices are not always perfect but some time the perfection of imperfection is what makes it all work. Breathtaking sets by Scenic Designer Michael Schweikardt, Lighting Designer Paul Black, Sound Designer Keith Kohrs, elegant costumes by Costume Designer Beth Dunkelberger , Wig Designer Gerald Kelly, Casting Director Bob Cline, Production Stage Managers Brandy Demil and Tara Weidenfeller.
Reviewed January 13, 2011 by Richard Cameron of Theatre Chat
Maltz Jupiter Theatre Presents the timeless classic, The Sound of Music January 11th – 30th, 2011. Seven rambunctious children and the most irreverent nun ever to kick a habit welcome your family into theirs with The Sound of Music. The final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein follows the von Trapp family as they leave Austria to escape Nazi persecution. Featuring such musical favorites as My Favorite Things, Do, Re, Mi, Edelweiss, Climb Ev’ry Mountain and Sixteen Going on Seventeen, this heartwarming story is great for the entire family!
Maltz Jupiter Theatre 1001 East Indiantown Road Jupiter, FL (561) 743-2666