Theatre Review: The Sound of Music


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The hills are alive as La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment presents one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved family musicals of all time, “The Sound of Music”. This immortal classic is directed by Glenn Casale, choreography by Arthur L. Ross, with musical direction by Dennis Castellano.

This spirited and romantic musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family, as suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp, takes audiences to re-discover the inspiring story of family, faith, joy, and courage taking place in early Austria 1938 during turbulent times.

Maria Rainer is a new member of becoming a nun of the Nonnberg Abbey. But her free-spirit and youthful behavior prevents her from fitting in with the others upon their service to God. The Mother Abbess sends her back to the world to become a governess to the von Trapp children to test her faith. The family is led by widower father Captain von Trapp who runs the household like a naval operation.


Audiences will be thrilled with “The Sound of Music”‘s Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning Best Score that includes unforgettable classics such as “My Favorite Things”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “So Long, Farewell”, “Do-Re-Mi”, and the iconic title song, all performed by a live 17-piece orchestra.

You’ve never heard or seen “The Sound of Music” like this before. It’s like hearing the music for the first time. Not only is it thanks to the spectacular cast, but also to the newly upgraded state-of-the-art sound system. An overhaul to the acoustics that includes custom-made mounted panels, high quality microphones, and new soundboard creates a crisp and clear heavenly experience from ears to soul. Listen for noticeable highlights with the title song, “The Lonely Goatherd”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, and the singing nuns. “The Sound of Music” makes the perfect musical to showcase the improved acoustics of the theatre.


The cast of “The Sound of Music” features an array of talent from professional voice performers to Grammy-nominated opera singers. Diane Phelan brings a nurturing and enthusiastic “Maria” to life beyond the hills of Austria and on to the stage. Christopher Carl as “Captain von Trapp” commands with an authoritative booming voice but reluctantly changes his tune upon hearing the first notes from his singing children.

Suzanna Guzmán as an understanding and sympathetic “Mother Abbess” with a set of operatic vocals that no one can resist. Roland Ponce Rusinek as the opportunist and yet redeemable “Max”. Jenna Lea Rosen as both the love-struck and heart-broken “Liesl”. Alma Marian as the strong-headed and clear-minded “Brigitta”. Not to mention Kayla Anjali as the cute and irresistibly adorable “Gretl”.


The quality of the set design is at the same caliber as one would find on a professional revival tour straight from Broadway. The dimensions and use of space between the abbey and the von Trapp home brings the audience in and out of the players settings. Not only does the hills come alive, but also the production design with its grand staircase, stone walls, marble pylons, and hanging windows.

La Mirada Theatre Info:

Come keep the lonely goat company and yodel all the way to the new and improved La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts now through Sunday, May 15. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; Sundays at 1:30pm and 6:30pm. Additional performance on Thursday, May 12 at 1pm. Open-captioned performance on Saturday, May 7 at 2pm.

Question and answer with the cast and creative team will be on Thursday, April 28 at 7:3pm and Thursday, May 12 at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $14 – $79 (Prices subject to change). Children under 3 will not be admitted. Tickets can be purchased online at or call (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is located at 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.