The Sound Of Music Comes To Henfield
by Martin Love
Henfield’s active and prolific theatre company is much loved and well supported in the village, and has been so for a very long time. In fact it has a pedigree going back to Victorian times! The current society was born out of the former Henfield Players and Henfield Choral and Operatic Society when they merged in 1999 to form the Henfield Theatre Company.
Since the merger Henfield Theatre Company has flourished, staging 4 or 5 productions each year varying from pantomime to Shakespeare, with most genres in between. They have won many awards including, in just the past two years, twice taking the cup for best overall production at the prestigious Brighton and Hove Arts Council drama awards ceremony.
Henfield Theatre Company’s next production is that timeless classic, full of memorable songs and characters, The Sound of Music. The story is set in Austria in the run up to the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany (Anschluss) in 1938. During this turbulent time, Maria, a young postulant, is sent by the Mother Abbess as a governess to a large family, while she decides whether to become a nun. Maria loves the children and, over a period of time, falls in love with their widowed father Captain Von Trapp.
The production is directed by Di Norman, with Dave Barnett as musical director. Both are long standing and very experienced members of the company.
The Sound of Music will be staged at The Henfield Hall from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th January 2020. There are performances each evening at 7.30 pm, with a Saturday matinee starting at 2.30 pm.
Tickets are available online at www.henfieldtheatrecompany.com from 18th November, or from the box office at Stevens Estate Agents, Henfield High Street (01273 492141), from 29th November.