The Stanley Theatre is about to come alive with the sound of music – and two New Westminster performers will be part of the fun.
Jolene Bernardino and Cecilly Day are appearing in the Arts Club Theatre Company production of The Sound of Music, running Nov. 7 to Jan. 5.
The legendary musical – which first ran on Broadway in 1959 and was made into a 1965 film starring Julie Andrews – features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
The Sound of Music brims with beloved tunes such as My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, and Edelweiss – and, fittingly, the Arts Club is offering sing-along performances for those audience members who just can’t stop themselves from singing along. (If you’re one of them, those performances are on Dec. 26 and Jan. 4.)
The musical follows the journey of a spirited young would-be nun, Maria (played by Synthia Yusuf), who takes a governess position with the von Trapp family in pre-Second World War Austria. It also stars Jonathan Winsby as Captain von Trapp.
Bernardino - who first made headlines in the Record for her star turn in the 2015 New Westminster Secondary School production of Footloose – appears as as Liesl von Trapp, the eldest of the von Trapp children. Day is in the cast as Sister Margaretta and Baroness Elberfeld.
The Arts Club's artistic Director, Ashlie Corcoran, will direct the production.
"This is the first time that the Arts Club has ever put on The Sound of Music, and I'm looking forward to directing such an iconic piece of musical theatre,” she said in a press release. “It has been a lifelong favourite of mine, and I can't wait to share our production with our audiences. I'm also so excited to collaborate with Synthia Yusuf and Jonathan Winsby, and am thrilled that Drew Facey's set and costume designs have created a beautiful landscape for us to play upon.”
The Sound of Music is on at the Stanley Industrial Alliance stage from Thursday, Nov. 7 to Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020.
Tickets start at $39 and are available at www.artsclub.com or through the Arts Club box office at 604-687-1644.