An Indian cast performing The Sound of Music? You doubt whether they’ll have the ‘it’ factor but somehow ACE production proves that the cult musical transcends all cultures.
Yes, it’s quite a surprise when you walk out of the auditorium smiling as broadly as the
first time you heard Mother Abess sing Climb Every Mountain.
Elaborate sets and a talented cast make The Sound of Music an exponentially fun play to
watch, one that shouldn’t be missed by anyone – fan or first timer. Maria is made to leave
her abode at an Austrian convent to work as a governess for seven children. Their father,
a naval officer and a widower, is a stickler for discipline and prefers his children rather
march than play. But this doesn’t stop the governess from bringing in a little bit of fun,
frolic and most importantly – music – into their lives. Set in the 1940s when Hitler was
at the height of his powers, the musical also deals with Austria’s division in allegiance to
the Nazi party.
Dilip Tahil makes an excellent Captain Von Trap, his facial features calm for most part
– even when asking Rolf to lay down his arms and join them in escaping. But watch him
sing Edelwiss and suddenly you’re feeling his patriotism to Austria and shedding a tear to
his lament at saying goodbye.
Delna Modi as Maria is no Julie Andrews, but she is passable. She has a powerful voice
but her expressions, a bit frightening, have her eyes frozen and wide, and her teeth and
smile never crease to exist come strife or Nazis with guns.
Overall, the play is brilliantly directed by Advait Hazarat and gives children from eight
NGOs various opportunities to perform throughout the production. This is quite heart-
warming as some of them have visual and hearing disabilities.
Watch the play to reminisce an all time favourite, and sing along to songs you might have
forgotten the existence of over the years. I wouldn’t recommend you watch the movie
starring Julie Andrews before going to this play though. Leave that hanging until the