Youth opera’s young stars are alive withThe Sound of Music

Youth opera’s young stars are alive withThe Sound of Music

Young stars shine in firm favourite

The curtain came down on Saturday evening at the Lyric Theatre for the last time after a week’s successful run of The Sound of Music. Performed by members of Carmarthen Youth Opera, the musical has proved to be as popular as ever. Some might remember it last time round. The Lyric was packed and it was great to see the town’s theatre full of people watching live performance and music.

The main role of Maria was played by 20 year old Georgina Tipping, who had the unenviable task of performing the iconic title song on her own at the start of the show. She dashed forward and flung out her arms in the style of Julie Andrews and carried the show with her strong performance.  Matching her was Liam Reilly as Captain VonTrapp. It is hard to believe he is only 16 given his presence on stage and clear talent.

Special praise must go to Gavyn Brewster as Uncle Max and the exceptional performance of MeganThomas as Von Trapp’s brief love interest ElsaSchraeder. The pair lifted the entire performance and added a different element to the show. There were other sterling performances from Heini Lloyd, as the eldest Von Trapp girl, Cuan Rowlands, as Rolf Gruber, and Tom Goodrige as the butler. Anwen Price sang powerfully as the mother abbess and there was an excellent performance by her sisterhood, including Amelia Cox, Rebecca Miles and Anya Maynard.

All but forgotten and out of sight were the orchestra, who deserve praise for carrying the entire show.Taking it all together, with the sets, costumes and directing, the remarkably young age of the cast and the months of work, the Youth Opera are to be commended for their efforts.

Roger Burnell is Executive Producer of “It’s My Shout” affiliated with HTV Wales and is Director of Theatre, Arts & Culture Service at Bridgend County Borough Council

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