Sound of Music on town stage in 2013

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Doncaster Amateur Operatic Society has secured the performing rights to The Sound of Music which will be staged at the New Performance Venue in October next year.

The stage version has had a lot of media attention with Lord Lloyd Webber’s television talent show to find a Maria, and the recent West End success followed by a national tour.

Now it is time for Doncaster youngsters to grab their chance to appear in the famous musical.

The rights have only recently been offered to amateur societies for a limited period.

“As you can imagine we are all excited about performing in the new theatre and hope the public will show their support by buying tickets to see this family favourite,” said spokeswoman Frances Lister.

Director Ian Coley and musical director Ian Gude are eager to plan the show and are looking for a double cast of children aged six to 16 to play the roles of Liesl, 16, Friedrich, 14, Louisa, 13, Kurt, 11, Brigitta, nine, Martha, seven, and Gretl aged five or six.

There is also the part of Rolf, a 17-year-old boy.

The show includes many catchy tunes including Climb Every Mountain, Edelweiss, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and Do-Re-Mi.

The Sound of Music marked the culmination of one of the most successful collaborations in theatrical history and was the final work of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, who died in 1960.

Based on The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp, it tells the true story of a young novice nun who becomes the governess for the children of a widower.

Auditions will be held later this month.

Anyone interested in applying for any of the roles should telephone Ian Coley on 07885 351 519.