Maria, Candy Benge distances herself from the somewhat regal nursemaid Julie
Andrews established a generation ago. Benge’s
Maria flummoxes the convent with her disorderliness yet transforms herself
into a beauty for dinner parties. Her
soprano is a continuing joy: vibrant, expressive and resonant.
And she sounds as though packages wrapped up with stings are really
some of her favorite things.”
Syracuse New Times
Benge’s Maria is a vivacious delight who matches nicely with the crusty
The Von Trapp Family with Maria (Candy) at Cortland Repertory Theatre
Benge is a delightfully fresh Maria. She
has a clear, crisp voice, and she demonstrates her vocal control on the many
difficult numbers she is required to sing.
‘The Lonely Goatherd’, with its yodeling parts and
‘character’ requirements, was a delightful showcase for Benge’s comic
talent, even when singing a difficult song.
In contrast the lovely ‘Something Good’ asks for warmth and
power, expressed with sweet phrasings.
Benge proved she could be both perky and poignant.”
Syracuse Post Standard
with best buddy, Cherry