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Caitlin Martin as Maria and Roisin McMorrough as Liesl in the production of ‘The Sound of Music’ - View Full Size Image
Caitlin Martin as Maria and Roisin McMorrough as Liesl in the production of ‘The Sound of Music’
Caitlin Martin as Maria and Niamh Morrison as the Mother Abbess in the production of ‘The Sound of Music’ - View Full Size Image
Caitlin Martin as Maria and Niamh Morrison as the Mother Abbess in the production of ‘The Sound of Music’
Members of the Von Trapp family in the production of ‘The Sound of Music’ - View Full Size Image
Members of the Von Trapp family in the production of ‘The Sound of Music’
Connor Dudley-Fergus as Captain Von Trapp, Niall Hunter as Max and Therese Mullaghan as Elsa - View Full Size Image
Connor Dudley-Fergus as Captain Von Trapp, Niall Hunter as Max and Therese Mullaghan as Elsa
The Cast take their curtain call in the production of ‘The Sound of Music’ - View Full Size Image
The Cast take their curtain call in the production of ‘The Sound of Music’
16/10/2015 LORETO COLLEGE ALIVE WITH ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’

The production of well-loved musical ‘The Sound of Music’ was a highlight of the Autumn Term, with a week of performances opening on 12th October with a Primary School Matinee.  Four evening performances from 13th October played to full houses in the College Hall.

The production was directed by Loreto’s Head of Drama, Mrs Oonah McEwan, with Choirmaster Mr Howard Gillespie as Musical Director.  Offering something for everyone, from humour to romance to historical drama with a World War 2 backdrop, ‘The Sound of Music’ tells the well-known story of the Von Trapp family.

The cast of the Loreto production was drawn from all year groups in the College from Years 9-14.  In the lead role of Maria, Caitlin Martin (Year 13) was luminous, combining the joie de vivre and wonder of the character with an extremely accomplished vocal performance.  Opposite her was Connor Dudley Fergus (Year 14) as a gallant Captain Von Trapp, in a subtle performance which captured the gradual changes in the Captain from repression to emotion.  The Von Trapp children were played by Roisin McMorrough (Year 12), Pearse Donaghy (Year 12), Aine Quigley (Year 11), Aine Apperley (Year 9), Patrick McMullan (Year 9), Orla McEwan (Year 9) and Erin McReynolds (Year 10).  This was a strong ensemble performance with a credible family atmosphere, and individually the children were cleverly and winningly characterised, from the starry-eyed Liesl experiencing first love to the innocence of the baby of the family, Gretl.  All seven brought their characters to life, with memorable vocal performances.  Captain Von Trapp’s initial love interest, Elsa Schrader, was played winningly and intriguingly by Therese Mullaghan (Year 14), combining humour and a relaxed confidence to bring real warmth to the role.  Her friend, Max Detweiler, was played in a fine comic performance by Niall Hunter (Year 14): a superb foil to Elsa, Niall made Max a fine comic and, eventually, opportunistic and vaguely threatening character.  As the love interest for Liesl, Gareth Doherty (Year 14) in a subtle performance suggested a gallant, lovestruck but conflicted young man, while John Joe O’Neill and Cormac McCarry (both Year 13) combined strong stage presence and an air of threat as members of the Nazi Party and German Navy, respectively.  Niamh Morrison (Year 13) led the Nuns’ Chorus as a wonderful Mother Abbess, serene and wise and yet with a sense of fun.  Alongside her, the Nuns’ Chorus was led by Aoife Boorman (Year 13), Brona Mackle (Year 12) and Niamh Cunning (Year 12), in mature, finely judged cameo performances.  As always, the chorus was powerful and produced vocal perfection, perhaps especially memorably in the opening scene with a spine-chilling solo by Emily Cameron (Year 13).  There were sympathetic performances by Rachel Wilkinson, Daniel Catterson and Orla Rafferty (all Year 14) as the housekeeper, butler and servant of the Von Trapp household; dancers and soldiers were all played with precision and brought to life as individuals by a talented ensemble cast.

This was an assured, lively and imaginative production of an old favourite which enlivened the darkening October evenings as the mid-point of the Autumn Term approached.  Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to the talented cast members and the team of backstage crew who had worked hard on props, costumes, make-up, sound and set design, all led by a dedicated team of College staff members.  Mr James congratulated Mrs Oonah McEwan and Mr Howard Gillespie on a wonderful Loreto school show on behalf of all the staff and students of the College and the very appreciative audiences who had enjoyed the four-night run.