May 30, 2013 3:45 PM by Dan Shadwell
One of the best-loved musicals of all time is currently playing at the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre.
In today's Local Spotlight, the hills of the Central Coast are alive with "The Sound of Music."
"Literally and figuratively, she starts in the abbey in her nun postulant habit and literally moves into the Von Trapp house with her ugly dress and guitar and she's ready to go," explains Kerry DiMaggio, who plays the iconic character Julie Andrews made famous.
But if Maria starts out lacking confidence, that's not a sentiment the director of this production, Zack Johnson, could afford.
"Technically, it's... if you look at the set, it's hard to fit this 3-hour movie into a really intimate venue like the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre," says Johnson.
"Nonetheless, the cast and crew seem to have pulled it off. The staging challenges, the music, the story of Maria's budding strength in the face of an intimidating employer, and the Nazis.
Johnson says "The Sound of Music" is arguably the best work its composer/lyricist team ever did, and showed marked evolution after their earlier hit, "Oklahoma!"
"It's actually the last show that Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote together before Hammerstein died and the music is maybe some of the most beautiful ever written for the stage," he says.
"The Sound of Music" plays through June 23rd and we have a link for tickets and show times on our website.
Just go to the home page here on ksby.com and click on "Links."
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