Review of #SoundofMusicOslo

Standing ovation for Scenekvelder’s The Sound of Music

I bought tickets to see The Sound of Music at the Folketeateret in spring (six months before it even premiered!), and had been anticipating it ever since. Scenekvelder does not disappoint in this production and, through shrewd storytelling and extraordinary set design, managed to blow me away with their delightful retelling of this beautiful classic.

Under the direction of Lars Jacobsen, the audience is given fresh look at this family favourite. We are able to penetrate the icy, authoritative exterior of Captain von Trapp (portrayed by Håvard Bakke) in a touching scene where he is alone in his office, drinking Scotch and thinking of his dead wife (whose portrait stands in the living room). Lena Kristin Ellingsen shines splendidly in the role of whimsical, carefree Maria – the nun-turned-governess who brings love and music back to the Von Trapp household. Ulrikke Brandstorp adds a cheeky, playful side to Liesl (who is more often portrayed as sweet and subtle). Opposite Lars Henrik Aarnes as Rolf, she sings forebodingly (English translation mine):

Jeg vet at verden endrer seg
Og her er mitt poeng:
Den som behøver hjelp av deg –
Du henger med feil gjeng!

Det du trenger
Er en god venn som
Lytter og vet for seg.
Du er 17, skal bli snart 18
Du bør følge… med meg!

I know the world is changing fast
And here's my point of view:
What really needs some help from you –
You're friends with the wrong crowd!

That which you need
Is a good friend who
Can listen and can judge for herself.
You are 17, going on 18
You should follow... my lead!

Without a doubt, Scenekvelder understands musical theatre and how to put on a show – I greatly look forward to their production of Chess next spring!

Until then, take your entire family to watch The Sound of Music before it is too late! 😉

XOXO HONG PHUC

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