Kiwi kids sought for Sound of Music

Last updated 15:35 24/03/2014
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The real von Trapp family, which was forced to flee Austria after the invasion of Nazi Germany.

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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.

This musical is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Company and David Ian Productions, and is presented in New Zealand by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises.

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 (5ft), playing a boy aged 14

Louisa - height 1.49m (4ft 8in), playing a girl aged 13

Kurt  - height 1.44m (4ft 9in), playing a boy aged 11

Brigitta - height 1.4m (4ft 7in), playing a girl aged 9/10

Marta  -  height 1.32m (4ft 4in), playing a girl aged 7

Gretl  - height 1.2m (4ft), 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 http://soundofmusic.co.nz/.

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