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Review: The Sound of Music at Beef & Boards

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There's a lot of heart and soul in this fine production of an old favorite. Director Elizabeth Stark allows the heft of the script to surface as the characters reveal not only their feelings about relationships that are unfolding, but equally their reactions to national events swirling around them.

In the midst of the Nazi takeover of Austria, the salient question is "What will you do if they come?' The Trapp Family chose to leave rather than to join with Hitler's plans. Woven within the coming-of-age-story of the oldest daughter, Liesl, is the reality of choice within the context of who you are and what you believe in. We have this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical to remind us to remember what can happen if we forget to put the cause of humanity ahead of personal benefit.

The vocal quality of this show is superb throughout. The opening moments bring you into the Abbey and set the standard for what grows throughout the performance - finding the life you were born to live. With crisp articulation of the inner meaning of this World War II episode the story grows into something much bigger than a small stage setting entertaining us with humor woven around love, belief and pathos. Definitely a show you don't want to miss.

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