Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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