Libby sings into spot­light

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - NIGEL MOFFIET

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 The Sound of Mu­sic.

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, Six­teen Go­ing on Seven­teen.

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

‘‘ 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.

‘‘Now I’ve been given the in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to be part of it. I get to spend two months just singing, danc­ing and act­ing my heart out,’’ she says.

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

The Sound of Mu­sic runs un­til the end of Oc­to­ber. Go to eventfinda.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion about Auck­land shows.

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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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