The Sound of Music: Live in Dubai

The hills are aliiiiiiiiive… with the sound of music…

I broke into singing when the husband told me he booked us tickets to see The Sound of Music for our engagement anniversary (haha, yes we celebrate such, don’t judge!) I remember seeing the film version for the nth time after our honeymoon trip to Austria. It’s what I’ve been looking forward to last weekend and it doubles the excitement as it’s our first time to see a production in the Madinat Theatre. The long wait (to enter its doors) is over!

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Half an hour prior to the play, people started congregating in the theatre lobby – some patiently waiting while others were nibbling on popcorn and sipping wines in fancy goblets. The lobby was quite small but the high ceiling with intricate details is fascinating to look at to kill time. It’s a nice change from what we’ve previously experience in productions held at DWTC and DUCTAC. 15 minutes later, the doors opened and everyone’s invited to find their seats. The musical started on the dot.

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Madinat Theatre foyer
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Selfeet! :P

Madinat Theatre is relatively small, accommodating up to 442 spectators. We were seated on the third row of the Stalls and had an awesome view of the stage. We could clearly see the performers’ facial expressions and minute movements. Quite intimate.

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Stage setup for the abbey scenes
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Those seated in the VIP gets a program

So, The Sound of Music! This story is known to everyone, or at least most people I know have heard about it. It’s the story of the Von Trapp Family singers during the Nazi occupation in Austria. If you grew up in the 90s in the Philippines, you are familiar with this classic pretty well. Though there were slight variations between the film and the play adaptation, the story remained moving and the music is just as superb. Mother Abbess’ vocal range was beyond awesome! I was trying my best to stop myself from singing Maria as she and the nuns belted the catchy song twice.

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We loved our first theatre date in the Madinat. Lovely play and an equally beautiful little theatre. Though I wasn’t too impressed with the lighting set (why cant I just be focused on the play itself? Haha)

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Backdrop for the Von Trapp’s mansion scenes

Catch the remaining days of The Sound of Music until this coming weekend the 16th and be prepared to find yourself singing “cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings, these are a few of my favorite things—“ Lemme cut that or else I’ll be like a broken record. Check the schedule and book your tickets here. Prices start at 200 AED.

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