The nanny is gone and now it’s time to play, because Sundance hills and mountains are coming alive with some of our favorite things.
The adored Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “The Sound of Music” will be ringing throughout the Eccles Outdoor Stage at Sundance Resort opening July 29 and running through Aug. 20. Performances, in partnership with Utah Valley University, are $22 with children three and younger admitted free. Shows are held Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.
Patrons will get to view the show that stole the hearts of millions and learn more about the von Trapp family’s escape from Nazi-ruled Austria. The audience will listen to old-time musical favorites including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Do Re Me” and, of course, “The Sound of Music.”
“I think we did a great job of capturing what people love from the film, like the songs,” said BreAnne Okoren, who plays the lead role of Maria. “We readjusted some things to make it so the audience could sing along and be a part of it, because the show is something everybody knows. At the same time we really try digging into the relationships, the theme of the story and lessons you can learn from ‘The Sound of Music.’”
The pristine mountains as part of the backdrop add a special touch to this musical masterpiece.
“It just changes the whole feel of the show,” said Matt Dobson, who plays Captain von Trapp. “Sundance is so beautiful. It’s amazing how you feel like you’re in another world. You do feel like you’re right there in the Swiss Alps, and I don’t think there is a show that’s better fit for that venue.”
Barbecue dinners begin at 6:30 p.m on the night of each performance and are available for $15 with purchase of tickets.
The delectable visual and audio treat is sprinkled with lessons to be learned that differ depending on each individual’s viewpoint.
“It talks a lot about the importance of playing and spending time with your kids,” Okoren said. “There is that saying, ‘a family who plays together stays together,’ and I think that’s really true in that Maria comes in and teaches this family how to have fun. They lost their mother and the dad doesn’t like to be with his children, but through music, playing and bonding they are able to grow together as a family. I think it’s important for all families to find time and to make time for each other.”
Director Isaac Walters said he attempted to delve deeper into the characters’ internal struggle and hopes audience members will leave performances not only humming the tunes, but pondering the themes of the show.
“The central message in the show is about how when people find the right person to connect with, then they’re able to withstand and to overcome any and all obstacles that come into their life,” he said. “Some intellectuals or sophisticated types dismiss the power of that kind of love, and yet it really is very significant and makes all the difference in the world for people in their lives. I think that is the aspect of the show that I really love the most.”
Even younger cast members like Christian Wawro, a senior at Orem High playing the oldest son Friedrich, have gleaned insight from the musical.
“It’s one of those plays that’s a must see, one of the classics of all time,” he said. “It really describes a lot about family love and it helps me reflect on how music has helped me in my life and overcoming trials.”