It’s a timeless classic and it’s being made into a mammoth theatrical production. Come January, Raell Paddamsee’s Ace Productions will stage a larger-than-life drama based on the musical, The Sound Of Music.
The musical requires 150 kids between the age group of four to 16 years, and the auditions are currently on. Directed by Advait Hazarat, and with technical direction by Alyque Padamsee, the musical has about 100 production people on board. The musical is an integrated performance involving mainstream kids and those from five NGOs, who will get together and perform on a professional platform. Raell Padamsee says, “I’m keen to audition children from across the city and showcase the burgeoning talent here. We’ve already auditioned about 1,000 children till now.”
The musical will be staged at Tata Theatre, Sophia and St Andrew’s auditoriums. Mumbaikars can expect a Broadway-like experience with stupendous sets, dramatic costumes, technical wizardry and true-to-script renditions. Padamsee says, “The kids will sing themselves. By itself the musical is spectacular, so we’re not veering from the script. Instead of writing a play, we wanted kids of this generation to be part of the timelessness of the music we’ve grown up listening to.”
There will not be any city tour of the production though. “It’s impossible and expensive. I wouldn’t take the kids from here to Pune,” she exclaims and goes on to admit that there was a spot poll done. “We chose The Sound Of Music simply because of its music. I’m sure the audience will sing along. This will be enthralling,” Padamsee promises.