Go see “The Sound of Music"
No one should ever confuse me with a theater reviewer or some sort of expert in dramatic or musical performances. If you enjoy the songs in “The Sound of Music” and are considering seeing it this weekend at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, however, I have three words for you:
Don’t miss it.
My wife, Cheryl, and I saw the show on opening night Friday, and I thought it was wonderful. In fact, I think it was the most entertaining stage show of any sort that I’ve ever seen in Janesville.
Cheryl and I took in a handful of the shows at the Armory back when it staged dramas and musicals. We’ve been to shows at the Fireside in Fort Atkinson repeatedly, as well as to shows at Madison’s Overture Center and in Chicago. So we’ve seen local theater and professional performers.
Jim Tropp, directing another show for Bower City Theatre Company, has outdone himself with this cast. It helps that Adelina Feldman-Schultz, a 2006 graduate of Janesville Parker High School who now lives in Manhattan and is a professional actress, is playing the lead role of Maria Rainer.
I’m just honored to say I know her. Her dad, Frank Schultz, is The Gazette’s education reporter. Her mom, Edna Feldman-Schultz, teaches at Parker High School. Adi, we called her back then, would stop in at The Gazette to chat with her dad from time to time as she was growing up. I remember being impressed with her budding talents as a teenager in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” at JPAC years ago.
Her acting matches her singing talents in “The Sound of Music.”
Yet the rest of the cast is talented, too. For a local show, I was impressed that there's not a weak spot in the cast. From Jan Knutson reprising her role as Mother Abbess to the kids playing the von Trapp family’s children, they show this community and region are blessed with wonderful talent.
I was happy to greet Adelina after Friday’s show and tell her how marvelous it was.
This production of “The Sound of Music” is one of those shows you enjoy so much that you hate to see it end. It got a well-deserved standing ovation. Adelina’s parents have reason to be proud.
Everyone involved in this show has reason to be proud, as well.
Tickets are $23 for adults and $15 for students for the remaining shows, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-9. Call JPAC at 608-758-0297 or go to janesvillepac.org.