The new Executive Director of San Diego Musical Theatre directs, choreographs, acts, sings, and creates
Jeff Smith 6 p.m., Oct. 8
Maria Ranier, an ugly duckling, doesn't fit in at the abbey or the Von Trapp's. Her spirit comes out in song and annoys them no end. She converts the family, and the nuns, to the virtues of music. San Diego Musical Theatre's leads — Allison Spratt Pearce (Maria), Randall Dodge (Captain Von Trapp), Victoria Strong (Mother Abbess) - sing with such command, they don't need mikes. David McBean and Jill Van Velzer provide fine support. Director/choreographer Todd Neilsen unsweetened the script, where possible, and Don LeMaster's musical direction includes impressive choral effects. The shabby sets look like they've climbed a mountain or twain, but Matthew Novotny's lighting perks them up.
Worth a try.