Review: The Sound of Music

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

Hot foot it down to the New Wolsey Theatre to find out with CTC’s latest production The Sound of Music.

Based on a true story, the much-loved tale of singing family, the Von Trapps is well known and much loved around the world.  

Maria is scared to leave the abbey, but she is sent to become governess to widowed Captain Von Trapp’s seven, now motherless children.  The task gets harder than she thought, when she discovers that Von Trapp runs his household like a military operation, and playing and singing is definitely not allowed, only study and marching…

Maria sets about introducing fun into the household, quickly winning the affection of the children, and in time their father…  But, with the start of the Second World War the family are in danger as their homeland Austria becomes part of the Third Reich and they have to hatch a plan to flee to safety.

The Sound of Music is another strong production from CTC, so good in fact, that you completely forget that you are watching an amateur production, let alone that the talented actors onstage are all youngsters.  Abby Fleckney’s portrayal of Maria is just brilliant.  This talented actress is perfectly cast in this lead role and puts in a first-class performance. 

When the cast of a production are this good it’s hard to single out performers, but we must mention the Von Trapp children, what a little team they make with some fabulous group numbers that are cleverly put together with great choreography and that are executed perfectly.

Also, a special mention to Rhys Elsey, who may have played the smaller part of Rolf the telegram delivery boy, but goodness, what an amazing voice he has?  Definitely one to watch in the future.

This much-loved musical is full of familiar songs, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, The Lonely Goatherd, Edelweiss, Climb Every Mountain and many more, the Sound of Music makes for the perfect outing to the theatre on a summer’s evening.   

The Sound of Music will be at the New Wolsey Theatre until 9th July.  To book tickets call the Box Office on 01473 295900 or visit


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• Review Wendy Cook, Ipswich24. Pictures Mike Kwasniak