A classic timeless piece, The Sound of Music is sure to be a treat for everyone. A revival for adults and a perfect way to initiate the kids to this musical, writes Shikha Jain
The Sound of Music has generated interest in people of all age-groups despite the era and region-specific settings. Talking about young love and war, it has appealed to the young students and we well, because of the children’s characters.
The Sound of Music – Season 2 is just another rendition. The entire interpretation, visualisation is different to what Raëll Padamsee’s ACE (Academy for Creative Expression) did eight years ago for the first time.
When it’s all about theatre
Growing up in a theatre family, where the entire house was designed as a theatre then how could it be easy for Raëll Padamsee to not to be in this profession? It’s been 25 years since she’s in the field.
“The drawing room was the stage, the terrace would be audience, so our whole vision was theatre centric. Both my parents were from theatre. My father was very keen in getting me an MBA, and nothing related to the theatre. I think so much studying, and especially accounts wasn’t something that was up my street. So maybe, in rebellion of that as well made me join theatre. Also, because it was in my blood, I was acting and at the age of 15, I was directing,” says Raëll.
“The first show was eight years ago and from then and now, there has been a tremendous change. This one has a much younger team, the vocal director has worked with the voices, so it is extremely interesting in terms of many different part harmonies. Our visualisation and the sets are very different”, Raëll adds.
The final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy, have invaded Austria. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in theatre.
From the Captain himself
“This was my first time. I thought the people at Ace were hugely capable of handling a very complicated production. My take away is to trust the process. All things take time to settle and run smoothly and everyone gets their act together on show night. I would like to work with them again, but the play decides my opinion. It’s the first movie I ever saw. It’s my mothers all time favorite. It was challenging trying to compete with how fondly and perfect it seems in memory. I’m Captain von Trapp. And of course, I was looking forward to it,” says Arunoday Singh.
The crew of kids
With children, they kind of do open audition, and in The Sound of Music they have 100 children from different NGOs. They also have 50 other participants from mainstream, who are professional actors and dancers. It’s happening for the first time in Opera House.
They also host shows every weekend. They’ve eight different productions on right now. So, they perform either in Mumbai, across the country or abroad. They’ve done five shows of The Sound of Music in February 2018, they’re doing five now in April 2018 and, hopefully, they will be doing more later.
They also host shows every weekend. They’ve eight different productions on right now. So, they perform either in Mumbai, across the country or abroad. They’ve done five shows of The Sound of Music in February 2018, they’re doing five now in April 2018 and hopefully they’ll be doing more later.
“We do a lot of musical theatres, so the sound of music is one, then we did Grease the Musical, Jesus Christ of Pisa. We’ve also done Indian playwright, Broken Images, a play by Girish Karnad. We’ve done our own original plays like Mahatma – Come Find the Gandhi in You and then there was Rediscover the Epic, which is bringing the Ramayana back to today’s context. We don’t have a domain, it is varied. We’ve also brought in a lot of international acts, like Tribute Band, Abba, Australian Bee Gees,” says Raëll.
The Sound of Music is being showcased on the April 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm and on April 21 & 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm, respectively at The Royal Opera House.