City theatre enthusiasts will soon be witness to an era bygone, as a classic Broadway musical unfolds on stage. The Sound Of Music has been a theatrical loved across generations for its unparalleled music and moving storyline. Now presented by Raell Padamsee’s Ace Productions, city kids will bring this musical to life.
Starring Dalip Tahil and Delna Mody, among others, the play has been directed by Advait Hazarat. Done in Broadway style, choreographed by Karla Singh and Sandeep Soparrkar, the 200-cast mammoth production comprises of mainstream schools, Raell Padamsee’s Academy for Creative Expression (ACE) and 8 NGOs. The vocals will be of utmost importance, with music directed by Merlyn D’Souza.
As part of the final show, the musical is all set for an equally colossal pre-event tomorrow. Designers like Neeta Lulla, Narendra Kumar and Anita Dongre among others will showcase their creations based on the original, The Sound Of Music. About 18 children, including nine from the participating NGOs, will walk the ramp showcasing the designs. Lulla says, “I’ve worked with Raell earlier as well.
She has done some good shows and we share a great rapport, so I decided to do this. There are suits, dresses and gowns that reflect the era appropriately. The fabric has been kept close to the ones that the original starcast of the Sound Of Music Hollywood film wore. We’ve made printed shirts for the kids, a gown and suits for the lead characters.” Will she ever create a special line for kids? “I’m not so inclined on doing a line just for kids, but my daughter Nishka has designed a few,” the designer asserts.
Another pre-event, Art For A Cause, had about 50,000 children painting their interpretation of The Sound Of Music, on January 7. About 20 finalists from over 40 schools were selected and luminaries like Arzaan Khambatta, Kahini Arte-Merchant and Brinda Miller among others attended the event.
Raell says, “We thought the fashion show would be a creative way of showcasing our costumes. There is also a costume workshop aimed at bringing out the best in these children.” She adds that the costumes needed to be authentic and mirror the 50s’ era. “And the designers were really supportive, it took one phone call and they came together for this,” Raell says of Lulla, Kumar and Dongre, who have worked for her
productions earlier as well.
The Sound Of Music will be staged on January 26 to 29, at 7.30 pm, at Tata NCPA, Nariman Point. Also on January 30 at NCPA, at 4 pm and 7.30 pm.