'Sound of Music' Another Hit for Lyric

The family-friendly musical played to sold-out audiences at the historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

Marietta Square was alive with the Sound of Music this weekend.

The much-loved musical, starring Julie Andrews in the original production, was performed by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre at its permanent home at the historic . The production was sponsored by Ken and Trish Byers.

The musical finished its two-week run Sunday, with audiences featuring kids of all ages in their holiday finest. Many sang along with the tunes from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

"It's just a great, feel-good musical," said one theater attendee. "Everyone knows the words to just about every song."

Songs like "Do-Re-Mi," "My Favorite Things" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" were familiar yet beautiful, with the help of the great live Atlanta Lyric Orchestra.

Wendy Melkonian portrayed Maria, with a voice and spunk that reminded the audience of Julie Andrews herself. Jeff McKerley portrayed Captain George von Trapp—a tamer role than he has played in recent months. Together the duo made beautiful music together, and the dancing wasn't bad, either.

Of course, the seven Von Trapp children stole the hearts of the audience—from Marietta resident Findley Hansard, who portrayed 16-year-old Liesl, to the darling Kyla Deaver, who played Gretl, the tiniest Von Trapp.

And the nuns were on top of their game, too. Mary Welch Rogers, who played Mrs. Potts in Lyric's Beauty and the Beast, sang a beautiful rendition of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," and her wisdom given to Maria endeared herself to the audience.

All in all, the Sound of Music was the perfect holiday show for the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Kudos to them for bringing wholesome family entertainment to Marietta. Next up for the Lyric: Ain't Misbehavin' from Feb. 17 to March 4.

Donna Espy-Rypel December 19, 2011 at 07:40 PM
What great talent we have in this area! From the adult actors down to the children, their voices were amazing! Well done, Lyric Theatre!


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