Lyric's production of The Sound of Music is musical theater like you've never seen it before! The extraordinary resources of an opera company have made this a larger-than-life spectacle. Kris Vire of Time Out Chicago notes that this production "makes full use of the Civic Opera House's grand stage, from towering tableaus of the abbey to the irresistible moment when all seven of the von Trapp children ride onstage on matching but custom-sized bicycles—talk about commitment to a production aesthetic."
But what exactly goes into this massive undertaking? Here's a breakdown of some key numbers:
Total costumes in the show. Costume designer Alejo Vietti and Lyric's expert costume shop were very, very busy.
Feet make up the width of Lyric's huge stage…and The Sound of Music set uses every inch.
Electric candles are used in the show.
Automatic lighting fixtures - the most onstage ever in any Lyric production. These fixtures are not visible to the audience but are very important to the actors!
Number of costumes being made for the von Trapp children alone. Those are some well-dressed kids!
Total cast members plus understudies (25 each!).
Orchestra members in the show, including many regular members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra.
Dressers to get all of the kids, nuns, and principals into their costumes
Singers in the ensemble, including 20 nuns and 5 men. Many are members of the Lyric Opera Chorus. Read more about the preparation of the singers from Lyric's Chorus Master Michael Black.
Different scenes in The Sound of Music. Most operas just have a few!
Specially made vintage reproduction bikes from Chicago's own Heritage Bicycles for the von Trapp children and Rolf.
Pairs of shoes worn by Maria during the show. All shoes for The Sound of Music have been fitted with special non-skid soles applied by Brooks Shoe Repair.
Number of shops that made the scenery, made in three different time zones!
Don't miss this amazing production, on stage at Lyric through May 25!
- Scenes from The Sound of Music (credit Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago)