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The Sound of Music
a Musical
CATEGORY : MUSICAL
by Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein

COMPANY : Cobb Playhouse and Studio [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Cobb Playhouse and Studio [WEBSITE]
ID# 1177

SHOWING : February 18, 2005 - March 12, 2005

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Based on Maria Von Trapp's autobiography "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers", this is one of the most successful musicals ever produced on Broadway, and it marks the final collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein.


CAST & CREW LIST
Music Director Gina Roberts
Stage Manager Elizabeth Campbell
Choreographer Wendy Fill Latella
Kurt Jay Martin
Mother Abbess Mandy Cook
Sister Sophia Katie Halick
Cap'n Von Trapp John Heusinger
Maria Nanci Kinney
Liesl Rebecca Kling
Rolf Jeremy Mabe
Elsa Mary Beth Martin
Louisa Becca Mattox
Max Duke Smith
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REVIEWS

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tug of war
by Okely Dokely
Sunday, March 13, 2005
NR
I got an e-mail from a cast member who asked me to come review this show. Meanwhile, humorously enough, for the first time ever, I was asked NOT to review this by someone else. So what do I do? Two people want me to do two conflicting things. For this reason, I am going to compromise and please both individuals as much as possible. Because the Cobb Playhouse is trying so hard to get themselves out of the bum rap, and I recognize that effort, I am not rating this. I don't want to keep people from going to the theatre based on reading a review of one show I saw at their new space - a show I don't like and knew I wouldn't like (as a show, at least) that has closed already anyway. So John Christian, CPS, and the Sound of Music cast: you are off the hook this time around. However, I'd like to impart some suggestions of things to work on in the future.

If you have a show that is double-cast, please announce during the curtain speech which people are appearing that night. This is something I have NEVER seen them do in the almost 2 years I've been seeing their shows, and it has always bothered me. I want to know who I'm seeing.

Please cast age-appropriately. A performer playing a key character was at least 20 to 30 years too young to play that role. If you saw the show, you know it's glaringly obvious who I'm talking about.

Please don't mime props, most notably food and drinks. It's not too difficult to find a liquid for wine glasses, champagne glasses, and to use as tea. Nor is it hard to buy or bake real cookies; yes, I saw Maria take a "bite" out of a plastic cookie, then very quickly set it back down.

As an actor, I recognize that it can be amusing to play closing night jokes on your fellow actors to try to crack them up. But there is a very fine line with that, and you have to be careful. My rule of thumb is: it's fine as long as it doesn't throw anybody off or throw the show off, but if the audience can tell something's going on, then we have problems. I caught some obvious back-and-forth games going on between two actors.

Quiet backstage. Your out-loud talking from the dressing rooms can be heard even if you think it can't be. Also, if a fellow actor played a closing night joke on you, and you thought it was funny and want to tell people about it, try not to audibly bust out laughing and sighing "oh man" as soon as you've exited.

Finally, I have to single out Mary Beth Martin as Elsa. Holy cow, does that woman have a great voice. It was strong, clear, and she never once faltered, sang a wrong note, or a strange note. I hope she auditions at other theatres as well - Onstage and Neighbohood would be priviledged to have her. I will go out of my way to see her again sometime.

They've got potential for a good thing going on up in beautiful Acworth. I hope people make the trip up to the new and soon-to-be-improved Cobb Playhouse.

Next time, I'm going to review for real. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
in their defense... by Parrott65
Hey Mark,
In Cobb's defense, I THINK you're talking about Cobb, they did mention who was performing during the Music Man. That was a double cast show. That was because we made it VERY clear that we wanted it to be mentioned. So they do it from time to time. I hope you're coming to see Cabaret and butcher my performance. :)
CP by Shadrach
Bleh...Acworth is a damn long way. But I'm planning to take the trip to see Ten Little Indians. I like the show and I'm curious to see how Kimberly Jurgen does with the show. I don't think I've ever seen a community show that she has directed before. I've worked with her before, so it should be interesting to see if she switches gears from directing professional theatre to community theatre.

Clint
indians is a fun show :) by Nettie
I saw 10 little indians opening night. I didn't review it because although I'm not in that one, it's my venue. But there are some really fun lines in it and there are a couple of scenes set by "candlelight" that is really cool-- she directed a fun show! there is a gunshot pop in it that's a little loud and there are flickering lights, that they mention at the beginning of the show to folks as a precaution.But it's a fun one to watch! :) Let me know what you think if you go I've got some folks I know in that one *smile*
hey parrot by Nettie
about the in their defense comment-- thanks :)
Ten Little Indians by Shadrach
Hey Nettie,

Are they doing the traditional play with the British accents or are they doing an 'Americanized' version of the play?

Clint
hey shadrach! :) about indians... by Nettie
i asked a friend of mine who is in the play-- he says it's the British version, but it's set a little later in time than the original play. hope this helps a little!
Nettie by Shadrach
Thanks, Nettie! I'm definitely going to go see it. I just checked their cast list and realized that I have been in productions with 2 of the cast members and was sort of in a play with 2 others. I've also worked with Kimberly several times before and I'm sure it is a great show.
Clint


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