An­to­nia comes alive

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By OLIVIA SHIVAS

An 11-year-old has won a main role in the in­ter­na­tional stage pro­duc­tion of The Sound of Mu­sic.

An­to­nia Robin­son is one of three girls play­ing Brigitta in the show open­ing in Auck­land on Oc­to­ber 3.

The mu­si­cal, loosely based on the real story of the sing­ing von Trapp fam­ily who fled the Nazi regime in Aus­tria for the United States, stars an in­ter­na­tional cast and in­cludes 18 New Zealand chil­dren.

The Mt Al­bert res­i­dent’s re­ac­tion to the news she’d got the part was some­thing to re­mem­ber.

‘‘I was on my feet yelling and whoop­ing and scream­ing, in fact I woke my younger sis­ter in all the hul­la­baloo of hugs and kisses and she came out think­ing some­thing was wrong,’’ she says.

The au­di­tion process was ‘‘gru­elling’’, her dad Daron Robin­son says, but that was to be ex­pected when more than 1000 chil­dren took part.

‘‘At first I felt re­ally ner­vous and scared,’’ An­to­nia says. ‘‘Once I’d made it through my weak points like danc­ing, I started to en­joy it.’’

Mu­sic runs in the fam­ily. Her fa­ther was a heavy metal singer in the 1980s.

‘‘She kept get­ting past all the bar­ri­ers . . . made it past the first cut, then sec­ond cut and she made it out of all those chil­dren, ’’ he says.

They read the con­grat­u­la­tory email four times be­cause they couldn’t be­lieve it.

‘‘I’m ex­tremely proud. She was in­cred­i­bly thrilled . . . but I know it’s go­ing to be a lot of hard work,’’ he says.

An­to­nia is in the Auck­land Girls Choir and is pretty con­fi­dent in front of a crowd.

An­to­nia has just been on hol­i­day in Europe with her sib­lings James and Sophia. The trio per­formed at pubs in the York­shire Dales in Eng­land.

All three sing and James plays piano. They sang clas­sics such as What a Won­der­ful World and Amaz­ing Grace.

‘‘It is a re­ally good learn­ing curve for me get­ting used to per­form­ing and prac­tic­ing for an au­di­ence. I am also learn­ing from my mis­takes and try­ing to im­prove,’’ An­to­nia says. She is ex­cited to start re­hearsals. ‘‘I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing to friends and fam­ily and also prac­tis­ing and learn­ing new things about act­ing, danc­ing and sing­ing.’’

Ris­ing star: An­to­nia Robin­son has won the role of Brigitta in The Sound of Mu­sic.

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