Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre; directed by Elizabeth Stark
This production leaves audience members tapping their toes and dancing in their seats to such memorable Rodgers and Hammerstein classics as “Do-Re-Mi,” “Maria” and “My Favorite Things.” For those who have been away from the planet or are too young to remember the 1965 film version starring Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music follows the life of Maria, a would-be nun who is sent away from her abbey by her superiors because of her free-spiritedness. Maria is sent to live as a governess to the widower Capt. Georg von Trapp and as a nanny to his seven willful, equally free-spirited children. Once inside their home, Maria reintroduces the joy of music to the von Trapps’ daily routine. Facing the peril of an imminent Nazi invasion, the von Trapp family eventually finds their salvation in the music that Maria brings with her from the abbey. In this production, Maria is wonderfully played by Christine Negherbon, a nightingale whose vocal talents are perfectly coupled with those of Dan Debenport, who plays Capt. von Trapp. The rest of the cast combines throughout the musical to produce some of the most elegant harmonies you will ever hear and the orchestration is perfectly sparse, as it was originally conceived in the minds of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Through Nov. 23; 317-872-9664.