Musical - “The Sound of Music” was St Peter’s Primary School, Simonstone, end of year musical, performed by Key Stage 2 pupils to packed audiences in the Old School Hall.
The production was directed by Mrs Smith who adapted the script and co-ordinated the performance. Mr Malcolm Spencer, the specialist music teacher who tutors the children every Friday morning, was the musical director, bringing out the best in all the children in the annual production, getting them singing to a very high standard.
Narrated by Megan Jones, Toby Hardman and Alex Sanderson, the principal roles were played by Nina Telford as Maria, Dylan Slater as the Captain, Katie Barson as the Baroness and Joseph Haworth as Uncle Max. The children were Meghann Leaver as Liesl, Drew Johnson as Louisa, Max Benedetto as Fredrich, Lee Wild as Kurt, Ella Boys as Brigitta, Kirsty Healey as Marta and Sara Della Cuna Robustelli as Gretel. Lydia Bury played Mother Superior, with Kendall Kelly as Sister Bernice, Erin Leaver as Sister Bertha, Lucy Neill as Sister Margaretta, Saffron Barker as Sister Catherine, Holly Warren as Sister Agatha, Emma Wright as Sister Sophia and Sophie Stafford as Postulant. The Nazi officers were Joshua Hargreaves, Stevie Ackers, Sam Jowett, Ethan Salmon, Joseph Duckworth, Nathan Lawrence and Harry Rushton as Rolfe, Harry Fitzpatrick as Herr Zeller and Connor Martin as Karl. Lawrence Chippendale played Butler Franz and Georgia Ramsey took on the role of housekeeper Frau Schmidt. Principal dancer Melissa Shaw performed the Edelweiss Waltz beautifully. The ballroom dancers included Melissa and Chloe Patefield who were assisted by Jack Roche, Zac Creaser, Tamsyn Harwood, Charlie Nowell, Elliot Kay, Megan Burston, Lucy Hall, Abbie Richards, Natasha Olszewska, Charlotte Procter, Esther Hacking, Alysia Cort, Jennifer Ashworth and Emily Birch. Chorus members portraying flowers and banners were the younger children of Class 3 and Class 4.
The whole production was outstanding, with the school noting that everyone was: “singing in tune in their authentic costumes with colourful scenery and imaginative use of props. The younger chorus members are to be congratulated on their ability to sit perfectly still at all times throughout the two and a quarter hour long performance”.
The audiences were delighted with the whole production and showed their appreciation with a standing ovation. A great deal of hard work and rehearsal time had gone into making this end of year production a huge success. Indeed the hills and village of Simonstone had truly come alive with the Sound of Music.