Alexandra audiences will be encouraged to “sing along” at a special performance of Dunstan High School’s production of The Sound of Music.
The musical opens on Wednesday next week at the Alexandra Memorial Theatre in Skird St.
The participation night will be on Friday next week, allowing fans of the popular musical to sing along to the songs. A matinee and final evening performance will take place on Saturday next week.
Working to turn out a great show is pupil Zeph Middendorf, of Dunstan High School, in Alexandra.
Along with fellow pupil Levi Martin and a crew of helpers, he is creating a unique set that will bring elegance to the musical.
“We are trying to go for a 1930s look, because the play is set in the ’30s.”
Theatrical elements called periaktoi will be used to change scenes.
The triangular prisms will be painted differently on each side, allowing scenes to change from mountainsides to interiors with ease.
The set will also feature stairs for a certain show-stopping scene from the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, which was first performed on Broadway 60 years ago.
“We are doing the “goodnight” [So Long, Farewell] scene, so it is going to be pretty cool.”
Colours for the set will be classic whites and greys, with a “rich marbled look” staircase and ornate railings.
As well as nailing, gluing and painting, Zeph will step from behind the scenes to play “Uncle Max” in the musical.
“Which is good, because it means the set has to work, otherwise I will fall down,” he joked.