The Hills are Alive

Thursday night was the opening of the North Shore Music Theatre’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The evening opens with the gradual entrances of the Nuns from the Abbey. Their faces lit by stained glass, they sing a beautiful prelude before we are introduced to ‘Maria’, played by Lisa O’Hare.

For those who may not know, The Sound of Music is a musical based on the memoirs of Maria von Trapp. It tells the story of a young woman living in 1938 Austria who is sent to fill the role of governess to the seven children of the Captain von Trapp. Along with educating and nurturing the children, Maria begins to fall in love with the authoritative Captain. All of this occurring just as Austria is uniting with Germany’s Third Reich. The North Shore Music Theatre’s production of this award winning musical has been Directed and Choreographed by James Brennan, who has assembled a tremendous cast and crew to bring the North Shore a fantastic evening of musical theatre fit for audience members of all ages.

With the voice of a sparrow, Miss O’Hare’s ‘Maria’ sings her way into the hearts of the von Trapp children and meanwhile takes the audience’s breath away. A big congratulations must go to the talented young actors playing the von Trapp children. Their dedication to their performances is most enjoyable to watch. Another wonderful performance of the night was the patriarch of the von Trapp family, Captain von Trapp, played by David Andrew MacDonald.

The North Shore Music Theatre Orchestra, Directed and Conducted by Dale Rieling, beautifully transitions the story from scene to scene and provides the actors with expert accompaniment. The set changes swiftly move us from the Abbey, to the mountains of Austria, to the von Trapp family estate, painting a vivid picture of the characters’ atmosphere. The choreography of all the action on and off the stage brings the audience a seemingly flawless production.

For those who enjoy musical theatre, this is definitely one to catch before it closes. However, even if you are not one for musicals, this is a beautiful production with lots to offer for audiences of all tastes.

The Sound of Music will be playing at The North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly until June 23. For ticket information call, (978) 232-7200, visit their website or visit the box office at, 62 Dunham Rd. in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Featured Image: DO-RE-MI: Lisa O’Hare as Maria with the von Trapp children in North Shore Music Theatre’s production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC running June 11 – 23, 2013. Photo©Paul Lyden

Emma Cavaliere is an actress, writer, director and photographer living on the North Shore. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and has worked in theatre and film in both the US and Canada. Since moving to the North Shore in 2010, she has been thrilled to observe and participate in all that the area has to offer in art, nature and community. 

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