The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music graced the stage of the Packer Theatre for five shows in May, bringing this much-loved family musical to thousands of audience members.

Our cast of girls was a stellar line-up of talent, with boys from Cranbrook, Newington and Sydney Grammar also joining the cast to complete the show. Two von Trapp families took turns to perform, an understudy for the role of Maria meant that two Ascham girls shared the lead role, and special roles of Assistant Director, Dance Captain and a (very busy) Stage Manager were embraced wholeheartedly by Ascham girls.

Directed by well-known director and actor Mr Simon Burke AO, with Ascham’s Coordinator of Academic Music Mr Mark Edwards by his side as Musical Director, the cast sang every song beautifully and inhabited much-loved characters with a sense of joy that permeated across every evening. Simon Burke’s intimate knowledge of The Sound of Music, honed by his own experience playing Captain Von Trapp on London’s West End, was evident in every directorial choice. Costumes and set, designed by Megan Venhoek, created a palette that represented the storybook beauty of Austria.

The Sound of Music was a large undertaking by the Drama and Music Departments, with this showcase of rich talent being a huge success by all accounts.

View our behind-the-scenes video that highlights the stories of some of the cast and crew, and shows what goes into making a production such as this.

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