Stu­dent sings in stage spot­light

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‘‘The Sound of Mu­sic was the first movie mu­si­cal I watched as a child and I can't count how many times I've seen it. ’’

Libby John­ston is per­form­ing in one of the most ac­claimed fam­ily mu­si­cals of all time.

The 18-year-old Drury stu­dent is play­ing Liesl von Trapp, the el­dest daugh­ter, in a stage pro­duc­tion of

It tells the true story of Maria, the fun-lov­ing gov­erness who changes the lives of the wid­owed Cap­tain von Trapp and his seven chil­dren by rein­tro­duc­ing them to mu­sic, cul­mi­nat­ing in the fam­ily’s es­cape across the moun­tains from Aus­tria.

John­ston, who at­tends Dioce­san School for Girls, au­di­tioned for the role by singing Liesl’s sig­na­ture song,

She has al­ways dreamed of tak­ing to the stage and beat hun­dreds of other hope­fuls for her first big act­ing role.

The achieve­ment was made even sweeter, since it is one of her favourite mu­si­cals.

‘‘ was the first movie mu­si­cal I watched as a child and I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it.

‘‘Now I’ve been given the in­cred- ible op­por­tu­nity to be part of it.’’

She says it is a chance to show off her tal­ents while hav­ing fun.

‘‘I get to spend two months just singing, danc­ing and act­ing my heart out,’’ she says.

John­ston is also jug­gling the role with her school work.

Through the sup­port of her teach­ers, she will still com­plete the rest of her NCEA as­sign­ments de­spite miss­ing a lot of class­room time, she says.

John­ston hopes to study mu­si­cal the­atre in the United States and has her dreams set on the iconic Broad­way the­atre scene.

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Drury res­i­dent and Dioce­san stu­dent Libby John­ston, right of the gui­tar, is play­ing Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Mu­sic.

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