In celebration of my mum’s 82nd birthday, our family gifted my mum with a day to attend the wonderful musical theatre production of “The Sound of Music.” My mum followed the television program “How do you Solve a Problem like Maria” in the search for Canada’s New Maria and 48 wonderfully talented women entered this contest. My Mum watched every week and in the end, voted for Elicia Mackenzie and was thrilled when she was chosen. She was even more excited when she found out that we were going to see the show and I wanted to add another little (no, really BIG) surprise for her! With the help of the wonderful Mirvish Production staff we arranged for my mum to go backstage after the show and meet Elicia MacKenzie (Maria Rainer), Noella Hunt (the Mother Abbess) and Burke Moses (Captain Georg von Trapp). Also, thank you to John Gray and with gratitude for all of you for taking the time to spend with my mum and make this a very special and memorable experience in her life.

The show was absolutely brilliant from the outstanding talent of the cast, the music, the costumes, the sets on stage, the beautiful Princes of Wales and the wonderful staff at Mirvish productions.

Here is Elicia singing the title song “The Sound of Music” and listen to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful comments.

Opening Night October 15, 2008 and Noella Hunt is also brilliant in singing the song “Climb Every Mountain” which just brought tears to my eyes. It is very inspirational and speaks to your heart and soul. The message is to take every opportunity in your life to discover your passions and what is important to you. To never stop until you find the gems in your life and live your life to your fullest potential.

This outstanding production speaks to all age groups and everyone will go away singing all of the songs, humming along each day for weeks and more!!


Here we are standing in front of Elicia’s backstage dressing room. Burke, my Mum, Elicia, Noella and myself. Happy 82nd Birthday Mum!

Live the Passion and Create the Life of your Dreams!!