THE SOUND OF MUSIC
April 23-25th 2020
About the show
Mackenzie Performing Arts is thrilled to present the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic to a new generation of theatregoers.
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
Presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals
The Sound of Music features an unforgettable score that includes some of the most famous songs ever performed on the musical stage including "My Favourite Things", "Edelweiss", "Do-Re-Mi", "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", "The Lonely Goatherd", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", and the title song "The Sound of Music".
The show tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family's escape across the mountains from Austria.
It originally premiered on Broadway in 1959 to record-breaking advance ticket sales, where it won eight Tony awards- including Best Musical. The show then opened in London in 1961 and became the longest-running American musical of its generation. The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and quickly became the highest-grossing film in history. Even today, The Sound of Music remains the most successful movie musical in history.
Since the turn of the 21st century, the enduring magic of The Sound of Music has led to major productions around the world, giving testament to its title as "The World's Most Popular Musical".
Mackenzie Performing Arts was founded in 2019 and strives to deliver high quality musical theatre. This is MPA's first production of many!
Meet our Director & Musical Director
Director, Executive Director of MPA, Speech Language Pathologist & Voice Specialist
Amy is qualified, experienced and passionate Speech Pathologist who specialises in voice science and voice
performance. Amy also works across a very broad Speech Pathology world and her dynamic abilities to
treat infants through to elderly across both education and health related speech, language, communication,
voice, feeding and swallowing difficulties, confirms her stand out knowledge.
Determined, intelligent and diligent, Amy has specialist 'voice' assessment and treatment skills. She has
knowledge in the anatomy and physiology of the head and neck region and has specific interest in 'Vocal Health'- voice care and management for singers and performers. Pairing that with her background as a vocal performer, she is able to apply her personal experience and professional training when working with artists. She travels nationally to run clinics for
performers, guest lecturing at University Programs, Consulting for Musical Theatre Societies during their
busy show seasons and not only assesses and treats disordered voices but also cares and maintains the
healthy professional voice, implementing vocal health programs and running vocal ‘fitness’ assessments and implementing individualised programs for vocalists.
Amy is also a passionate teacher and performer of Drama and Singing. She started training in Speech and Drama as a 10 year old, completed her Trinity College London Speech & Drama and Singing exams, performed in
competitions, choirs and multiple productions across the south island as principal and ensemble roles.
Musical Director, International Vocal Coach
Rob has been professionally involved in theatre and the arts for over 40 years as a Performer, Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, Writer, Producer, Designer, Stage and Company Manager and Piano Accompanist in more than 25 professional productions, and is an internationally recognized Vocal Technician/Coach.
Rob’s life in the arts has taken him around the world enabling him to live and work as a professional theatre practitioner in 6 countries; highlights being the critically acclaimed Production/Direction/Musical Direction of the musicals ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Children of Eden’, both performed outdoors in the Cumberland State Forest in Sydney: London
(vocal coaching and cabaret performer); New York (Off-Broadway run of a new Australian musical ‘Valentino’); Vancouver (Rapunzel’s Prince in ‘Into the Woods’); and throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, USA, Canada, Egypt, Jordan and The Mediterranean (various Cruise Line contracts as lead singer, featured cabaret artist and dancer).
Productions in NZ include EVITA, SCDL 2015(Musical Director); SHREK JNR., Roncalli College 2016 (Musical Director); Cabaret shows THE SOUND OF MUSICALS and PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ and the children’s musical A COW NAMED COW with his own production company Rob Martin Productions International 2017 (Director, Musical Director, Choreographer and Executive Producer); AVENUE Q, SCDL 2017
(Musical Director); BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SCDL 2018 (Musical Director).
Rob Martin Productions International currently produces an extensive range of entertainment throughout Australasia, along with his very successful ‘Voice Studio’ and artist development tuition programs, and is currently the largest supplier of Christmas entertainment in Australasia.
He is vocal coach for some of Australia’s finest singers who have, and are currently performing in professional musicals in Australia and the UK.
Next year Rob will be working with a Broadway Producer in New York and across Australasia as well as a performing in a growing programme of shows internationally.
He is currently reworking his own original musical PIONEERS, co-written with award winning composer Gregory Peterson, which is being produced by multi Tony award winning Broadway Producers for an Off-Broadway showing in 2020.
Our Von Trapp Family
Captain Von Trapp
Liesl Von Trapp
Friedrich Von Trapp
Louisa Von Trapp
Brigitta Von Trapp
Kurt Von Trapp
Isabella Rangel Borjas
Marta Von Trapp
Gretl Von Trapp
Principal & Featured Cast
Frau Schmidt & Ensemble
Herr Zeller & Ensemble
Admiral Von Schreiber & Ensemble
Ursula & Ensemble
Frau Zeller & Ensemble
A new postulant & ensemble
Ang Watkins, Trish Alty, Gail Mullon, Maria McDonald, Carolyn Mincham