SOUND OF NEW GENERATION
FILM STAR GUIDES YOUNGSTERS
IT HAS been 50 years since Nicholas Hammond was on set playing the part of Friedrich in The Sound of Music film, but it is a memory that has never left him.
“I can remember clearly what it was like my first day and how excited I was,” he said. “It’s something that stays with you for the rest of your life.”
The American actor is enjoying seeing the same excitement on the faces of the three Sydney boys cast as Friedrich for The Sound of Music theatre musical that is playing at the Capitol Theatre.
The London Palladium production that started in Sydney on December 13 will run until February 7.
Jack Ingram, 13, Levi MacKee, 14, and Jude Paddon-Row, 13, are sharing the role of Friedrich, the second eldest von Trapp child.
“Friedrich is fun to play. He’s strong and he really wants to go in his father’s footsteps,” Levi said.
Jude said he was excited to combine his three loves of acting, singing and dancing.
“It’s such a privilege to be part of this production,” he said. “I just love learning different roles and it’s very fun being these characters – you get to step out of being yourself.”
The boys are among the 21 young actors playing the von Trapp children, performing alongside theatre stars Amy Lehpamer as Maria and Cameron Daddo as Captain Georg.
Jack said the talented cast was one of many drawcards of being a part of the musical.
“It’s really a true classic theatre production – everyone wants to do it,” he said. “It’s probably one of the three favourite family movies at home.”
The three Friedrichs from The Sound of Music, Jack Ingram, Jude Paddon-Row and Levi MacKee, meet actor Nicholas Hammond in Sydney. Inset: Hammond as Friedrich in the original film.