> MS Society WA announces the casting of The Sound of Music at the Regal Theatre in October, 2010.
Casting for The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia’s 7th annual musical theatre production, The Sound of Music, has been finalised with over 40 performers selected to perform one of the all time favourites at The Regal Theatre from October 7 to 17.
Following a record turn out of auditionees the director, John Senczuk, is extraordinarily enthusiastic about the result. “The level of skill and musicality in the Perth community is astounding,” he said. “With over 350 registered auditionees it has been an incredible window on the talent that is available in Perth.”
The Sound of Music is Senczuk’s second production for MS WA following his box office breaking production of Les Misérables in 2009. For The Sound of Music, he will be rejoined by Musical Director Tim Cunniffe and Choreographer Caroline Sinnett.
Among the cast of thirty-two principals and ensemble cast, the roles of Maria and Captain von Trapp have been awarded to Casey Edwards and Peter Knol, Colin Hughes and Katherine Friend will play Max Detweiler and the Baroness Shraeder, and Ann Adlem will make a guest appearance as the Mother Abbess.
For the famous younger roles of the seven Von Trapp children, three casts will perform in rotation over the season. “As they’re our “favourite things” we refer to them on the rehearsal schedule as the “Snow Flakes”, “Copper Kettle” and “Wild Geese Companies,” said Senczuk. “With over 40 on stage, this is a big cast for a big musical and it is exciting opportunity for all performers to experience what it’s like to be in blockbuster music theatre production.”
Based on the uplifting true story of the Von Trapp family, The Sound of Music marked the final collaboration of the legendary song-writing duo, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. A huge success from its stage debut in 1957 (winning six Tony Awards), The Sound of Music was made into a film in 1965 (winning five Oscars) becoming one of the most successful and popular film musicals ever.
Set in Austria in the lead up to the Second World War, the musical’s timeless message of triumph over adversity and its memorable score (including My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss, Climb Every Mountain, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, The Lonely Goatherd and the glorious title song, The Sound of Music) continue to speak to people of all ages.
The MS Society’s annual musical is one of the fixtures of the Perth theatre calendar. Last year, over 15,000 people attended the Society’s production of Les Miserables (with all proceeds going to the charity) making it one of the most successful community theatre events in Perth.
Tickets to The Sound of Music are selling fast and are available at Ticketek on 1300 795 012 or www.ticketek.com.au
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