The hills are alive with the sound of music

Last updated 15:40 24/03/2014

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Time to dust off the lederhosen and perfect your yodel - UK producers are on the hunt for Kiwi children to play the world's favourite Austrian family.

Wellington and Auckland will be alive with the Sound of Music when the West End production comes to New Zealand from September.

Next month auditions will be held in both cities to cast six youngest Von Trapps, and children are needed who can act, sing, dance and meet height requirements

Producers are looking for 18 young actors and actresses in total to play the roles of the following Von Trapp children:

Friedrich - height 1.52m (5' approx), playing a boy aged 14

Louisa - height 1.49m (4'11" approx), playing a girl aged 13

Kurt  - height 1.44m (4'9" approx), playing a boy aged 11

Brigitta - height 1.4m (4'7" approx), playing a girl aged 9/10

Marta  -  height 1.32m (4'4"; approx), playing a girl aged 7

Gretl  - height 1.2m (4'; approx), played by a girl to be no younger than 6/7

Successful children will need to take four weeks off school for rehearsals.

The original Broadway production of The Sound of Music won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews as Maria won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and remains one of the most popular movies of all time

- To register for auditions and for more information, visit

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