The tills are alive with the Sound of Music

Sound of Music'Sarah Brookes (Maria); Carole Knowles, Margaret Reece and Nikki Buckley-Feiven (nuns). Photo George Skipper.

Sound of Music'Sarah Brookes (Maria); Carole Knowles, Margaret Reece and Nikki Buckley-Feiven (nuns). Photo George Skipper.

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TICKETS are selling fast for Alnwick Stage Musical Society’s 25th anniversary production – The Sound of Music.

Marking the group’s silver jubilee, the show takes place at Alnwick Playhouse next month.

The Society’s co-founders Norman Luke and Paul Toward are reuniting to reprise the production, which, fittingly, was the Society’s first, back in 1987.

Telling the tale of a would-be nun who discovers that her vocation is more suited to marriage and music than to prayer and contemplation, The Sound of Music is one of the most well-loved musicals of all time.

But while the film, starring Julie Andrews, is universally known, the stage show is subtly different, including scenes and songs with which audiences may be unfamiliar.

However, all the old favourites, such as Do, Re, Mi and Eidelweiss, remain and will be reinvented by the Society’s versatile cast.

Director Norman Luke said: “This is a great show with enormous appeal and it is all the more exciting for Paul and I because we are staging the show for the second time as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations.

“We have a very strong cast of principals and chorus who have worked incredibly hard. I’m really excited about the coming few weeks and am confident that we will be bringing a very special and hugely-entertaining show to Alnwick audiences.”

Rehearsals are well under way, with a cast of around 45, including some who participated in the original show.

Twelve talented local children have been cast as the von Trapp youngsters, the majority of whom will perform on alternate performances.

The show takes place on Friday, May 18, at 7.30pm, Saturday, May 19, at 2pm and 7.30pm, and then Tuesday, May 22, to Saturday, May 26, all at 7.30pm.

Tickets, available from the Playhouse, are £10, £9 conc, and £6 children/students.