The warmer weather is a sure sign that in no time, the holidays will be upon us. As the 2016 festive season draws near, make sure to include on your family’s bucket list The Playhouse Company’s fresh new vibrant production of The Sound of Music.

Rehearsals are well underway for the much-awaited production, and The Playhouse Company has brought in some of the biggest names in the business for this feel-good family favourite. The musical will be directed by theatre legend Ralph Lawson, with choreography by Sean Bovim, set and lighting design by Denis Hutchinson, sound design by Mark Malherbe, costume design and co-ordination by Sarah Roberts, and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lykele Temmingh.

The production will star the popular Craig Urbani as Captain von Trapp, and Lynelle Kenned as the tomboyish, musical whirlwind of a would-be nun whom Von Trapp employs to look after his seven children after the death of his wife. Urbani is very well-loved for his portrayal of Buddy Holly in the international hit, Buddy, as well as for his many stage and television roles, such as his roles in Isidingo and Ashes to Ashes. Kenned, who presents the popular SABC show Pasella and was the runner-up in the Top Presenter search, comes to the Playhouse fresh from her role as another Maria, this time in Westside Story in Cape Town. In The Playhouse Company’s production of The Sound of Music, Kenned plays the vibrant young Maria who brings music to the Von Trapp family, simultaneously bringing hope to the family in times of despair.

The kindly, understanding Mother Abbess will be played by opera-trained singer, Arline Jaftha, who last impressed Durban audiences in The Playhouse Company’s Easter Concert in March. A highlight of her career was singing at the opening of the Wales Millennium Centre for the Queen of England.

So, gather your family together for an unforgettable experience of entertainment, togetherness, nostalgia and sheer good fun with The Playhouse Company’s 2016 production of The Sound of Music.

Tickets are R150, R180, R200 and R225 if pre-booked at Computicket, and R170, R200, R220 and R245 at the door one hour before the show, space permitting. Students and pensioners receive a discount of 30% off the highest ticket price. Block bookings discounts are as follows: 10% discount for 10 to 19 people; 20% discount for 19 to 49 tickets; and 30% discount on 50 or more tickets. To make a block booking, please call (031) 369 9407 or (031) 369 9460. Discounted parking is available for Playhouse patrons at the Royal Parkade and the Albany Parkade.