Hills alive with sound of children
TWELVE talented and fresh-faced youngsters stood on the Government House staircase last Friday as The Sound of Music’s Amy Lehpamer, who plays Maria, introduced the Perth von Trapp children cast.
More than 800 children auditioned at WA Ballet Centre in Maylands in June, where they had to sing, dance and act.
The successful 12 children will star opposite Lehpamer, Cameron Daddo and Marina Prior when the London Palladium production opens at Crown Theatre Perth on September 14 after seasons in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Two different casts will alternate the six youngest von Trapp children roles.
“The children are such an integral part of The Sound of Music, we couldn’t do the show without them,” Lehpamer said. “It’s been a real highlight for me to work with the children in every city.
“I didn’t actually anticipate the impact working with the kids would have on me as a character and as a performer.
“It’s a little surreal because when you start a new season, they are all so well rehearsed that it seems the same, just with different faces peering up at you.
“It can be a little strange but it doesn’t take very long for them to feel like part of the family.”
The cast announcement included an impeccable performance of Do-Re-Mi.
“Watching the kids makes us see everything through their eyes and realise how special the experience is; we can’t be jaded as performers,” Lehpamer said.
“It is tremendous to have that view and see them grow – literally sometimes too – during a season.”
Amy Lehpamer, who plays Maria in The Sound of Music with the 12 young performers chosen to take part in the production.