The songs soar in CenterPoint Legacy Theatre’s production of “The Sound of Music,” running now through March 29. Led by the gorgeously voiced Angie Winegar in the Monday opening night performance, the cast does a wonderful job with both the musical’s beloved songs and the sweet heart that beats beneath.
The source material for the beloved 1965 Julie Andrews movie, the musical begins with a young initiate who doesn’t quite fit in at the nunnery. She’s sent to be a nanny to a family of motherless children for several months in order to get a taste of the outside world, and soon bonds to both the children and their father.
All of this is happening in Austria on the eve of World War II, which means there is also the threat of German invasion looming around every corner.
The real star of the show, however, is the music. The CenterPoint cast makes every song shine, starting right with the title number that opens up the musical. Winegar is a delight as Maria, her voice powerful, rich, and full of emotional shading at exactly the right moment. Jan Williams Smith also brings the house down as Mother Abbess, while Kevin Burtenshaw brings a dignified warmth to all of Captain Von Trapp’s numbers.
The children are all charming, each of them bringing personality to their small moments on stage. The choreography on the group numbers is perfect balance, striking the right note of inspired play. Liz Smith also strikes gold with her work on the ballroom scene, creating lovely, graceful visuals to compliment the scene’s emotion.
For tickets, call 801-298-1302 or visit cptutah.org.