Age 26. Role: Liesl, 16.

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“It’s been in­ter­est­ing to nav­i­gate,” says Sil­vester, a Univer­sity of Michi­gan grad­u­ate who’s play­ing a decade younger than her age. She’s an adult, but she’s one of the kids. She’s a role model, but not the boss.

“I can’t be a dis­ci­plinar­ian; in essence, they’re co-work­ers,” Sil­vester points out.

Re­al­i­ties in­clude not only chap­er­ons for the kids, but a wran­gler to keep them on track and an as­sis­tant con­duc­tor who rit­u­ally warms them up be­fore the show.

“They’re kids; some­times they goof around,” Sil­vester says. “But they’re all re­ally re­spect­ful and kind to each other.”

“Do-Re-Mi” and ‘The Lonely Goatherd” are piv­otal, she says. “They are about dis­cov­ery,” , as the kids bond with Char­lotte Maltby’s Maria. “It has to feel like the first time.”

She’s near­ing 600 per­for­mances in “The Sound of Mu­sic,” a sturdy stretch for some­one still mak­ing her name in the busi­ness. Af­ter the tour wraps up, Sil­vester heads back to New York to start auditioning — maybe some­thing more dra­matic or more modern.

“It’s felt good,” Sil­vester says. “But there will be a life af­ter Liesl.”

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