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Athenaeum Theatre
at W Oakdale Ave 2936 North Southport Avenue Chicago, IL 60657
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Free street parking if you can find it or two pay and park lots adjacent to theatre
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3.9 average rating
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attended Jun 12 2011

Maria, the main character was not cast correctly at all. Maria should have been young and pretty. This Maria was too old and it seemed she overacted parts which made her acting unbelievable. It was obvious that she had a trained operatic voice....continued

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attended Jun 12 2011

This was a great performance! Our only critique is that we felt Maria was not cast well. Other than that, the singing and acting was incredible. It was such a treat to hear the Mother Abbess sing Climb Ev'ry Mountain. The children also did a...continued

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attended Jun 12 2011

I thought that the performance overall was good. I do not necessarily believe they casted the best person for Maria, however. Her voice and personality wasn't as soft and endearing as you prefer for this role.

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Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

With full orchestra

Stage Director: Chuck Gessert

Music Director: Brian Burkhardt

Choreographer: Linda Fortunato Assistant

The final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. The winner of numerous awards for both its stage and screen adaptations, the play is a heartwarming love story based upon the memoirs of Maria von Trapp. Set against the political unrest of Austria in the late 1930s, the high-spirited novitiate, Maria Rainer, is sent from the Nonnberg Abbey to the home of Captain Georg von Trapp, a widower, to serve as governess to his seven children. A stern military man, Captain von Trapp treats his children like sailors under his command – with discipline and at arm’s length. At first wary of their new governess, the von Trapp children are soon won over by Fraulein Maria, who brings laughter and music to their lives, and eventually, love to the lonely Captain von Trapp. Chamber Opera Chicago’s fully staged production with orchestra will fill your heart with The Sound of Music and is sure to be one of your “favorite things” of the season.

About the Ticket Supplier: Chamber Opera Chicago

CHAMBER OPERA CHICAGO is a professional not-for-profit opera company devoted to making great opera affordable, presenting operas in English in intimate settings and providing performance opportunities for Chicago-area singers. The Chamber Opera Chicago Orchestra is distinguished by first-rate conductors and orchestral players and has been highly praised by both critics and audience members alike. With award-winning designers and acclaimed directors from around the world, audiences can expect high quality, innovative productions that bring opera to life.

Originating over 25 years ago, Chamber Opera Chicago is now in its fourth year under the direction of General/Artistic Director Barbara Landis and has re-energized its original mission of making opera accessible to the widest possible audience. "COC has the potential to become an opera company on par with a repertory theatre," Landis says. "We want to move our audience emotionally and create memorable performances for both experienced opera-goers and novices. Our main goal is to touch the hearts of our audience members...make them laugh, make them cry, and leave them wanting more!"