The producers of The Sound of Music were on the hunt for 18 incredibly talented kids to be in the Sydney season of the exciting new revival starring Cameron Daddo and Amy Lehpamer.
Aspiring talented kids turned up at Brent Street Studios at Moore Park on Sunday 6 September. Whilst other families were celebrating Father’s Day. These kids nervously had to perform one of the most iconic songs written, Do-A-Deer, in a group with 10 other hopefuls in a workshop, whilst music producers carefully asses their skills and talent.
Who will be the next Friedrick, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta and Gretl? Who will shine as one of the Von Trapp kids and take to the stage at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre?
I caught up with Craig Donnell, Executive Producer to find out what he and his team are looking for.
“Auditioning for a children’s role is a little nerve wrecking and you don’t know what to expect to see in the kids. Ideally we are looking for someone who is familiar with the songs, such as My Favourite Things and Do-Re-Mi. A child that has great potential and able to shine on stage”
It was my first time being at such an event and I can see it in the their eyes. Most of them were excited to be there and ready to have fun, whilst others prepared in their own way. Vocal exercises, mums and dads giving pep talks and others even secretly singing in tune to their iPod. Over a thousand children all with different talent abilities were at the studios.
I caught up with a seven lovely young ladies to see how they were feeling. Two of the girls were a little shy to have a chat, whilst others burst with enthusiasm and how they would love to be a part of the show. A couple of newbies and a few return auditioneers.
“I really enjoyed singing and The Sound of Music is one of my favourite musicals” Erica mentioned
“I am a little nervous and excited at the same time and full of energy to do my very best” Sienna Arnold said
As the group was called in for the audition. I went along with them and to see how well they performed. There were some very talented singers in this group and worked very well in the group. Musical director took the girls under his wing and made it fun for them.
They all gathered by the piano to sing Do-A-Deer, some knew it by heart whilst others used the script to help in the sing-along. The kids sang with their hearts content as a group and then was randomly selected to sing a line solo.
The important part of the audition is that the kids need to be apart of the show and feel like part of the family as the Captain Von Trapp’s children.
Yes, there were a few watery eyes when some of the kids didn’t make the cut and whilst others were relieved and excited they made it through the second round.
I caught up with Sienna who did make the second round. Excuse the video, as it was really noisy background (Will get better at this!)
Q: Congratulations, you made the second round. How do you feel?
A: It was a lot of fun and I did the best that I could do.
Q: What was it like for you inside the audition?
A: It was really interesting to work with different people and be a part of a group.
Q: What did you have to do inside?
A: The was a music man playing the piano and another man telling us what to sing and when. He was very nice and made us comfortable.
There were a few talented children and I did have my favourites in the group. All the best to everyone, you are all stars in the making. Thank you to the talented group who were kind enough to have a chat with me and Sienna for giving a go in the video chat.
The Australian production of The Sound of Music will be led by Amy Lehpamer (Once, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Maria Rainer and Cameron Daddo (Legally Blonde, Big River) as Captain Georg von Trapp, starring alongside Marina Prior (Mary Poppins, The Secret Garden) as Baroness Schraeder, Jacqueline Dark (Opera Australia’s Aida, Don Giovanni) as Mother Abbess, Lorraine Bayly (Calendar Girls, The Sullivans) as Frau Schmidt, David James (Playschool, Avenue Q) as Max Detweiler and newcomer Du Toit Bredenkamp as Rolf.
Stay tuned as the inside scoop is the producers will announce the 18 Children who have been successful in the Sydney season this week.
Did you have a favourite Von Trapp child?
The Sound of Music
Capitol Theatre, Sydney
From 13 December 2015
Bookings: soundofmusictour.com.au or phone 1300 111 011, groups 12+ 1300 889 278
All photos and videos were taken by consent and credit to Mary Boyagi