The music will be spectacular Thanksgiving night at the Plains Theater
Well, of course, first one would say the the scenery that we see in the first and last scenes of this amazing 1965 movie. The scenes include the Austrian Alps and the beautiful tree-lined avenues of pre-war Europe.
One could also counter that it's the humorous lines and characters that we love. We love the children and their naturalness. We love the spunkiness and imagination of Maria. We love that the Captain appears hard-bitten and incapable of love, but also shows a funny and soft side to his nature. And we love how the children are feisty, in trouble often, but really just want to be loved.
And speaking of love, the romantic element to the movie is the classic love story of meeting, conflict, developing love, lost love, and finally found love. This story has two love stories going...first between Liesl and Rolf; a love story that does not work out as their differences prove to be too large to overcome. But the romance of Maria and Captain Von Trapp is the main story line whereby the rest of the story works excellently around it.
The story even has an element of danger as it is set in pre- World War II when the Nazis were gaining power across Europe and particularly in Austria and Germany. There is intrigue and danger and political moves that will come to greatly affect the story.
And finally, there is the music. Who does not know "Do, Re, Mi..." or "Climb Every Mountain" or Sound of Music?" The music was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein and is believed by most to be their greatest achievement. Who doesn't remember singing all the lyrics to the songs or making up dance moves to go with them. The songs are classics because they invoke feeling in the listener. Who isn't moved by "Climb Every Mountain" or cheered by singing "My Favorite Things?" The world over loves these songs and have found wonderful and imaginative ways to share them. Check out this flash mob in Belgium performing "Do, Re, Mi."