One of the world’s famous musical The Sound of Music which is currently being staged at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre until 31 July, 2016.
After sell-out seasons in Sydney and Brisbane the London Palladium production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s musical features Cameron Daddo as Georg von Trapp and Amy Lehpamer as Maria. They perform alongside Marina Prior who plays the Baroness, Ballarat’s Jacqueline Dark performs as Mother Abess. In her 50th production; Lorraine Bayly AM stars as Frau Schmidt while Max Detweiker is played by David James.
Stefanie Jones stars as older daughter Liesl. She was in the Gretl in the last production of Sound of Music which was performed in 1993. Rolf is played by newcomer Du Toit Brendenkamp. Other ensemble cast member include Anne Aitken, Johanna Allen, Eleanor Blytlaman, Sophie Cheeseman, Connor Crawford, Colin Dean, Tony Farrell, Steven Grace, William Groucutt, John Hannan, Anthony Harkin, Daniel Humphris, Dominica Matthews, Katie McKee, Kathleen Moore, Meredith O’Reilly, Ashleigh Rubenach and Sophie Weiss.
There are three different casts performing the roles of the six youngest Von Trapp children. Performing as Frederick is Alexander Glenk, Jackson Rudge and Oliver Wellington. Louisa is played by Emily Crockett, Darcy McGrath and Bronte Muir. Starring as Kurt is Beaumont Farrell, Tim Haskayne and Joshua Vass. Brigitta is Amelia Szabo, Karina Thompson and Chloe Vigilante. Performing as Martha will be Rachel Kipnis, Ruby Moore and Kayla Muir. Gretl is Portia Fragapane, Annie Jones and Heidi Sprague.
The Sound of Music premiered in 1959 on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards. In 1965, a film version was released starring Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews.
It was inspired by the lives of the actual Von Trapp family. It tells the story of Maria who changes the lives of the widowed Captain Von Trapp and his children by reintroducing them to music, their family’s escape from the Nazis across the mountains from Austria.
Featuring some of the most well-known songs are featured including My Favourite Things, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen Going On Seventeen, The Lonely Goatbred, Climb Ev’ry Mountain and The Sound of Music.
Nicholas Hammond who played Frederick in the movie, is an unofficial Sound of Music ambassador was in Melbourne for Opening Night on 19 May.
For further information about The Sound of Music, visit the website here.