THE hills are very much alive with The Sound of Music in Kilworth - and resonating with rapturous applause.
This al fresco adaptation of the perennial musical classic is a sheer delight and not one to be missed.
The story is a familiar one to most of us - a singing postulant called Maria is sent from an Austrian abbey to be governess to the seven children of a former naval sea captain.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s original stage score includes one or two less familiar songs alongside favourites such as Do-Re-Mi, My Favourite Things, Edelweiss and Climb Ev’ry Mountain.
Helena Blackman, who was beaten to first place by Connie Fisher in BBC’s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, finally gets her spotlight - and my, how brightly it shines!
Miss Blackman’s stunning vocal and stage presence more than does justice to the role, one of the most iconic in musical theatre history. And she is more than ably supported by a telented cast.
The stunning setting of Kilworth House offers a perfect extra dimension to the show’s staging - as well as a stirring intimacy unobtainable by some of the cavernous arenas.
Whether (like me) you are a stalwart of the show or just contemplating seeing it live for the first time, my advice is simply this. . . book now.
It is certainly one of My Favourite Things this year.
Review by Amanda Chalmers
The Sound of Music runs until Sunday September 16. Call the box office on 01858 881939 for tickets.