The hills will be alive with the sound of music at Doncaster’s new venue

The Doncaster Amateur Operatic Society, which is a 100 years-old, is presenting the King and I at Doncaster Civic Theatre. Our picture shows young cast members, back row, from left, Jasmine Gamble-Boguszewski, aged 11, Natalie Burdis, aged 13, Lauren Wilkinson, aged 12, Emma Southworth, aged ten, and Paris Guest, aged 13; front, Carragan Guest and Mackinley Guest, aged eight, and five.
The Doncaster Amateur Operatic Society, which is a 100 years-old, is presenting the King and I at Doncaster Civic Theatre. Our picture shows young cast members, back row, from left, Jasmine Gamble-Boguszewski, aged 11, Natalie Burdis, aged 13, Lauren Wilkinson, aged 12, Emma Southworth, aged ten, and Paris Guest, aged 13; front, Carragan Guest and Mackinley Guest, aged eight, and five.
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The new Cast theatre may not be open – but one Doncaster musical group is gearing up for its first production in the Waterdale venue.

Doncaster Amateur Operatic Society’s first show there will take place in early 2014 and is bound to be an audience pleaser.

One of the world’s most popular musicals The Sound of Music will be performed from March 2 to 8, with the possibility of a matinee show on the Saturday of that week.

And with many roles to fill among the von Trapp family, child auditions are set to get underway early next month.

Frances Lister, publicity officer of the Doncaster Amateur Operatic Society, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our society to be able to play at such an exciting and vibrant new theatre.

“There is no better feeling than standing on such a prestigious stage and is an opportunity not to be missed.”

And there will be twice the number of opportunities for young hopefuls because each role will be filled by two children.

Mrs Lister said: “We are now inviting all children to audition for the roles of the von Trapp children, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta and Gretl.

“The roles of Liesl and Rolf Gruber have already been cast.

“Auditions will take place at Kirk Sandall Infant School on Sunday, September 8, from 10am.

Children will initially be auditioned in small groups and will be asked to learn one of the most popular songs from the show ‘Do-Re-Mi’.

“We are intending to double cast the children in this production,” added Mrs Lister.

“Successful children will be asked to return for a second audition on Sunday, September 15, when they will be seen individually and asked to prepare a set piece of dialogue in advance and sing a song of their choice.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for all and we look forward to meeting our local enthusiasts.”

It is the first time in the society’s 105-year history that they have performed The Sound of Music and it is bound to be one of their most popular productions

* Any children and parents interested in taking up the audition opportunity should click on info@doncasteramateurs.com or call Frances Lister on 01302 344865 for further information and to be given an audition time.

A classic for more than 50 years

The Sound of Music, first performed in 1959 with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

Many songs from the musical have become standards, such as Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Do-Re-Mi, and the title song The Sound of Music.

The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, opened on November 16, 1959 and the show has enjoyed numerous productions and revivals since then.

It was adapted as a 1965 film musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards.

The Sound of Music was the final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein – Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere.