As the successful Sydney season of the Sound of Music ends and moves to Brisbane, Melbourne’s von Trapp children have been announced.
“It’s been a wonderful success,” Marina Prior said, introducing the children cast.
“It’s a great privilidge to be a part of it; it’s such an iconic and classic musical, and Amy Lehpamer as Maria is stunning, Cameron Daddo as The Captain is absolutely marvelous, as is Lorraine Bayly as the housekeeper, but the stars of The Sound of Music are the von Trapp family children.
“This will be an extraordinary experience for them and an extraordinary experience for Melbournians to see the depth of young talent that we have in this country.”
There will be three different casts alternating in the roles of the six youngest von Trapp children during the Melbourne season.
Playing Friedrich will be Alexander Glenk (15, Croydon Hills), Jackson Rudge (11, Sunbury) and Oliver Wellington (12, Glen Iris). Louisa will be played by Emily Crockett (13, Mount Helen), Darcy McGrath (11, Moonee Ponds) and Bronte Muir (13, Warrandyte). Playing Kurt will be Beaumont Farrell (11, Romsey), Tim Haskayne (12, Narre Warren), and Joshua Vass (12, Mt Martha). Brigitta will be played by Amelia Szabo (11, Hampton), Karina Thompson (11, Mt Waverley), and Chloe Vigilante (10, Wantirna). Playing Marta will be Rachel Kipnis (10, Camberwell), Ruby Moore (8, Armadale) and Kayla Muir (8, Warrandyte). The littlest von Trapp, Gretl, will be played by Portia Fragapane (8, Werribee), Annie Jones (8, Glenroy) and Heidi Sprague (8, Carrum Downs).
Darcy’s mother wasn’t expecting her daughter to be quite as invested as she is, even though it is her first show.
When asked how Darcy reacted, the only way to describe it was “she shook then burst into tears”.
“There are plenty of talented people who have missed out, so she’s really excited,” her mum said.
“It’s such an amazing opportunity for someone who is eleven.”
Between the two of them, the sparkly silver headband Darcy wore to the announcement, she also wore to auditions and she sees it as her lucky charm.
“My mum had it in her handbag the whole time we were waiting to find out,” Darcy said.
The three girls playing Louisa have already clicked.
It was Emily’s first commercial audition, which she said was “really quite exciting and somewhat comforting”.
The Sound of Music is Darcy’s first musical and she found the auditions “challenging because they don’t really give you any sign that you’re doing well or not”.
Bronte found auditions “really exciting and fun because I met a lot of new people, and similar to Darcy, they didn’t give you any signs of if you did well or if they liked what you did, or if you sounded okay, so it was challenging in that way”.
The girls can’t wait to work with everyone, focusing on Cameron Daddo and Marina Prior, and are beyond thrilled for the opportunity.
“Working as a big happy family is great,” Emily said.
They’re buzzing to find out their von Trapp families, but they don’t think they’ll hear who their stage siblings are until rehearsals start at the beginning of April.
Emily and Bronte are missing their school camps, but they both would rather be on The Regent Theatre stage anyway.
Melbourne’s von Trapp children will join the likes of Cameron Daddo, Marina Prior, Amy Lehpamer, Lorraine Bayly, Jacqueline Dark, David James and Stefanie Jones.
This acclaimed production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical premiered in 2006 at the home of West End musical theatre, the London Palladium, where it celebrated a record-breaking 954 performances seen by well over 2 million people, before going on to enjoy sell-out seasons internationally.
Venue: Regent Theatre, Melbourne
Season: From 13 May 2016
Performance Times: Tues–Sat 7.30pm, Wed 1.00pm, Sat 2.00pm, Sun 12noon and 5.30pm
Price: Tickets from $79.90*
Bookings: soundofmusictour.com.au or phone 1300 111 011, Groups 12+ 1300 889 278
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