The ‘Sound of Music’ returns to the Negev after COVID-19 delay

2021-04-23 01:03:23

 “Let’s begin on the very starting

An excellent place to start out

If you learn you start with A-B-C

If you sing you start with do-re-mi…”

That’s Maria in The Sound of Music, not fairly beginning originally, as she teaches the eight Von Trapp youngsters to sing. Actress Netta Druckman because the governess, and the remainder of the solid, are in rehearsals for the revival of the Mild Opera Group of the Negev (LOGON’s) manufacturing of the favored Broadway musical. The 2020 run of the present, like so many others within the nation, was minimize quick final March when COVID-19 darkened Israel’s phases.

As yearly, performances had been booked in 9 theaters across the nation. However after the third present in Givatayim on March 5, LOGON, together with the remainder of Israel’s theater world, needed to shut down. The performances needed to be re-booked, then re-booked once more. Ultimately, the present might be mounted once more subsequent month in Beersheba, Modi’in, Ra’anana, Jerusalem, Netanya, and Ness Ziona.

How do you revive a present after a yearlong break? 

“It is a new expertise for everybody concerned, nevertheless it’s all coming again,” says LOGON’s long-time stage director Yaacov Amsellem. All of the actors have returned – minus one nun and one novice, who moved away.

The Von Trapp youngsters’s characters within the present vary in ages from seven to 17, nevertheless the youngsters have grown in a 12 months. They’ve outgrown their unique costumes, generally their voices modified. They’ve been “bumped up” a 12 months to eight to 18 (not that the viewers is aware of, however the baby actors have internalized the adjustments.)

“The youngsters all bear in mind their components, and now are extra confident, since they’ve already had the expertise of performing in entrance of an viewers,” says Amsellem.

As a result of Well being Ministry rules nonetheless ban mingling of huge crowds indoors, the musical needed to be pared down in order that there can be no intermission, to be able to get permission to stage the play.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is named the world’s most beloved musical. Most of the songs have grow to be requirements: “Edelweiss,” “Climb Each Mountain,” “My Favourite Issues” and, in fact, “Do Re Me.” It’s had quite a few revivals since its opening in 1959 and was tailored as a movie in 1965 starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

The play is about in 1938, simply earlier than – and after – the Anschluss, when Nazi Germany annexed Austria. Maria, a postulant at a close-by abbey, is distributed to work as a governess to a big household whereas she decides whether or not to grow to be a nun. She falls in love with the seven youngsters, and finally their widowed father, naval commander Georg von Trapp. He’s ordered to just accept a fee within the German navy, however he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria, now married, determine on a plan to flee Austria with the youngsters. (“So Lengthy, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye…”)  The story is a real one – up to some extent – primarily based on Maria von Trapp’s guide The Story of the Trapp Household Singers. The household finally settled in america, changing into (with three extra youngsters) a well-liked singing act.

LOGON, which attracts contributors from the South, has been staging musicals across the nation for 40 years. A few of the performers in The Sound of Music are the youngsters and grandchildren of LOGON’S founders.

Observe: Tickets bought final 12 months are legitimate for the brand new dates: Beersheba, Might 27; Modi’in, Might 10; Ra’anana, Might 12; Jerusalem, Might 19; Netanya, Might 23 and Ness Ziona, Might 27. An extra present is booked for Beersheba on Might 6.

At current ticket holders want to point out a vaccination or restoration certificates or a detrimental corona check outcome to enter the theaters. Nonetheless, look ahead to updates, as these rules are recurrently altering. Extra tickets at the moment are accessible at www.negevlightopera.com.


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