The hall’s alive with The Sound of Music as Showbiz’s latest production opens tonight in Queenstown.
The amateur theatre company is performing the world-renowned musical The Sound of Music in a 10-show season at the Memorial Hall that ends next Saturday.
Directed by Bryan Aitken with musical direction by Emma Wilson, the story is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, which tells the story of a postulant Maria Rainer sent to be a governess to seven children in 1938 at the time of the German-Austrian annexation.
“The stage version is much deeper than the  film version,” Aitken explains.
“We worked on trying to refresh the dialogue and the undercurrents that are in the script so that it doesn’t come out cliched or a pale version of the film.”
Alongside a crew of 10, and orchestra of 10, the cast of 29 has a strong international presence this year.