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