Age 26. Role: Liesl, 16.
“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.”