Some things in life become timelessly woven into the fibers of your being based on sheer repetition alone, and some things have an emotional hold on your subconscious for nostalgic reasons. Tuesday night, the Clay Center’s presentation of “The Sound of Music” proved those two things can coexist.
I grew up with “The Sound of Music” ingrained in the family lore. The movie version of the von Trapp family adventures was my parents’ first date. In a time before multiplex cinemas, it was the only thing playing for weeks on end. In fact, they had both seen it multiple times before they ever watched it together.
Growing up, we were subjected to it every time it graced our tiny television. When the Beta tape player became a household item, the movie found a solid rotation with “Indiana Jones,” “Star Wars” and “Gone with the Wind.”
When I reached the high school choir, we sang excerpts of the show’s staples ad nauseam.
But Tuesday, night all the cynicism in the world could not save me from being swept away on the wave of sweet nostalgia that moved through the performance hall.
Timeless songs like “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “Do-Re-Mi” filled the Maier Foundation Performance Hall. It was impossible not to get carried away on the tide of pleasing harmonies.
The simplistic and gentle love story of Maria and Captain von Trapp bloomed innocently against the backdrop of Austria on the cusp of war.
The beautiful sets of the traveling production added to the magical experience. The charming von Trapp children, the talented singing nuns of the abbey and the bombastic supporting cast created a delightful evening to remember.
Some musicals become dated and do not weather the tests of time; however, “The Sound of Music” holds steadfast in its timeless appeal.
Kudos to the “Broadway in Charleston” series for once again picking a show of mass appeal and for bringing just a touch more joy to the holiday season.