Theater is back in-person at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, and the musical on stage couldn’t be any more on point! THE SOUND OF MUSIC and its unforgettable songs will perform through May 15, 2022, directed by Glenn Casale.
The spirited story of Maria and the von Trapp Family hardly needs an introduction after decades of thrilling audiences with tunes like “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and its iconic title song. At La Mirada, they are all wonderfully performed by a 17-piece orchestra (directed by Dennis Castellano), and enhanced by the theater’s new, state of the art, sound system.
Diane Phelan (Broadway: The King and I & South Pacific at Lincoln Center) is “Maria;” Christopher Carl (Broadway: South Pacific at Lincoln Center, Mamma Mia!) is “Captain von Trapp;” and Grammy nominee Suzanna Guzmán (The King and I with Yul Brynner, Bizet’s Carmen) is “Mother Abbess.” These powerhouse voices are supported by a large cast of talented singers, all of whom get their moments to shine. Six-year-old Kayla Anjali steals the heart of the audience with her confident performance as the little “Gretl von Trapp,” and Oliver Stewart’s falsetto surprises and delights as he embodies “Kurt von Trapp” in what is his first professional performance.
We have gotten used to delightful productions at La Mirada Theatre and this one is no different. The stage is particularly impressive for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, as it (seemingly) effortlessly transforms from an abbey and from the von Trapp mansion to the green hills of Austria, and back, thanks to Adam Koch’s Scenic Design and Jared Sayeg’s Lighting Design.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC at La Mirada Theatre is a perfect way to celebrate that we can once again gather to be inspired by music and song. I highly recommend it.
Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm and Sundays at 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm. There will be an added performance on Thursday, May 12 at 1 pm.
There will be an Open-Captioned performance on Saturday, May 7, at 2 pm. Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be on Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 pm and Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 pm.
Tickets range from $14 – $79 and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre’s website, or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. $15 Student Tickets are available. Children under 3 will not be admitted into the theater.
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue, where the 91 and 5 freeways meet. Parking is free.
Masks are optional and vaccination status is not checked at entry.