I was invited to take a peek at the auditions for The Sound of Music, and made a trip down on the first day of the auditions. Arguably the world’s best-loved musical, The Sound of Music will be making it’s way to The MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands this July.
The Sound of Music tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain Von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family’s flight across the Austrian mountains as tensions rise prior to the outbreak of World War II.
Out of the seven Von Trapp children, the producers are looking to cast six of the roles in Singapore. The roles up for grabs are Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, and Gretl. The role of the eldest child, Liesl von Trapp, is not open for auditions. A total of 18 kids will be cast, though, as the producers want three sets of children to play the various parts. Apparently almost 400 hopefuls registered for the auditions, and one mother estimated that about one-third of those applying were Singaporeans, with the rest made up of other nationalities.
I didn’t realise that parents weren’t allowed to watch their kids audition, so when I stumbled into one of the theatres I was wondering why it was so quiet, and why there were no kids to be found. I eventually made my way to the main audition theatre, and there the kids were bustling about. There was a definitely a sense of excitement, and contrary to what I thought, most of the children did not appear to be nervous. They were happily chattering with one another and prancing about when it wasn’t their turn. In fact, it seemed like there was more tension in the parent’s area than in the kids!
Even when Director and Choreographer Anton Luitingh had the children sing for him, they seemed to take it in their stride, repeating parts of the songs if he asked them to. I guess that’s how children are – it’s all good fun when they are doing something they enjoy!
I remember how in Secondary 1 my school had singing lessons for all classes, and there was a series of songs from this musical that we had to learn. It was something my class enjoyed, and I can still remember the lyrics to most of the songs up till today. That’s how memorable the songs are! I remember that my classmates and I particularly loved “My Favourite Things”, “Climb Every Mountain”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, and of course the title theme “The Sound of Music”. We’d be walking along the corridor, and someone would suddenly sing, “The hillllsss are alive!”
It would be great to let my kids watch the musical and get to know the songs from this wonderful story. Hopefully they will love the songs as much as I do!
Tickets for The Sound of Music will go on sale in April, and further details of the Singapore season will be announced next month. I will post more updates if I get more details!