TO stand or not to stand - that was the question facing an audience at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.
After a stunning performance by Connie Fisher and co in the Sound of Music, I was primed to raise for a standing ovation.
But while a few did jump out of their seats, there was a strong sense of resistance as the audience glanced around to see if others were standing.
The show was certainly deserving of a full standing ovation, and my Canadian friend, who was watching with me, was shocked it didn’t receive one.
She had seen a similar production in Toronto last year where the audience whooped and cheered, and not a single person remained seated.
I felt slightly embarrassed of our country and its lack of appreciation for a great show.
I can only wonder what Connie Fisher must have been thinking when she got such a lame reception.Her performance a Maria Rainer was perfect and it was clear to see why Andrew Lloyd Webber picked her for the part in BBC1 talent show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?
The Von Trapp children, some of whom were played by performers as young ten-years-old, created a wonderful on-stage chemistry as they belted out tunes, such as Do-Re-Mi, So Long, Farewell and My Favourite Things.
Other stand-out performances came from Margaret Preece as the Mother Abbess, who gave an awesome rendition of Climb Every Mountain to end the first Act.
The production was clever, which was highlighted when the background chorus merged onto the stage in an early dream-like dance sequence.
Members of the audience ranged from primary school-aged children, to groups of teenage girls, as well as mums, dads and grandparents – a fantastic way to celebrate the festive period and a show you will not forget.
The Sound of Music The Palace Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester Until January 16.