Hills alive with sound of chil­dren

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - Tanya MacNaughton

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.”

Picture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d457101

Amy Leh­pamer, who plays Maria in The Sound of Mu­sic with the 12 young per­form­ers cho­sen to take part in the pro­duc­tion.

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