Happily Meg was so glad I made her go. I first began to calm down when I saw quite a few children (many of whom were younger than Meg and Clare) walking into the matinee performance. When Meg found out the production was in the Opera House, she was sold. The Opera House is very ornate and Meg was thrilled to just be in the theater. We had a little time before the performance so we pre-ordered cookies for intermission and enjoyed the fountains outside.
The scenery was amazing. Scenes seamlessly switched from the abbey to von Trapp house. Charlotte Maltby was a magnificent Maria and made the performance truly her own. She was quite a different Maria than Julie Andrews. I think she captured the carefree spirit of Maria even better than Julie Andrews. Nicholas Rodriguez was a very handsome Captain. Melody Betts blew everyone away with her huge voice as Mother Abbess.
We all came home singing the songs. Meg was hitting notes as big as the Mother Abbess and at time making Anne cry due to the volume. Meg is ready to do the school musical again (she sat out this past year). Clare is making plans to pursue a performance-oriented ballet school so she can perform in the Nutcracker. After seeing the Sound of Music, they are ready to perform. It made me so happy that they loved this experience.