“Go Allison!” Sophie Milman urged me during her performance at Strings in the Mountains’ Music Festival Park last week. Her comment was in response to my friend dragging me (against my will) in front of the stage to dance with him. I’m not gonna lie – it was fun once we got up there because the music was amazing.
Sophie has one of those voices that leaves an imprint on your mind. She could have been singing anything and it would have sounded like the most beautiful thing you’d ever heard.
Sophie told me it is hard to sing in high altitudes and sometimes musicians need oxygen. When I went to meet her before the show, the drummer and pianist were wearing oxygen masks.
Sophie also admitted she was really nervous and couldn’t believe the show was sold out. Her anxiousness did not translate to the stage, because this rising star was unaffected by the elevation of her promising talent and escalating popularity.
“Hymn to Her”
I could not count how many times during the performance I turned to my friend with my eyes wide open in disbelief.
Those girls (the writer/director of the show said it was OK to use the word “girls” in the context of this musical review) were amazing.
There is so much talent camping out at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. You wouldn’t believe the voices coming out of those 14- to 17-year-old girls. Even my friend said she was almost moved to tears during the performance.
They made you laugh, they made you feel like crying, and they made you remember all of those painful moments that girls have to endure during that ridiculously difficult transition into womanhood.
The mixture of songs – from musical theater to pop culture to Billy Joel – fit very well together. Each song flowed into the next like a revolving door with the eventual treasures of a rite of passage.
Only in Steamboat (and Perry-Mansfield) can you park on grass and sit in an intimate venue to watch extraordinary young talent trained by some of the most gifted teachers and professionals.
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