Auditions for The Sound of Music to be held in S'pore next month

SINGAPORE - 18 children from Singapore will get a chance to perform in one of the world's favourite musicals, The Sound of Music, when it hits our shores in July.

Coming to The MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands in July this year, this critically acclaimed West End production features seven children that form the Von Trapp family. Producers are looking to cast six of these children in Singapore.

Auditions will be held next month for two male and four female roles, with their ages ranging from 4 to 12 years old.

Producer of The Sound of Music and Chief Executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions James Cundall said, "This is a truly exciting opportunity for local talent to star in an international and West End blockbuster. We are looking for 18 children in total to play six roles in this family musical and regardless of experience, singing ability or age, everyone is welcome to come along and audition."

The roles the producers are looking for are:

Friedrich - height 1.52m, playing a boy aged 14 with an unbroken voice.

Louisa - height 1.5m, playing a pre-pubescent girl aged 13.

Kurt - height 1.4m, playing a boy aged 11 with an unbroken voice.

Brigitta- height 1.4m, playing a girl aged 9 or 10.

Marta - height 1.3m, playing a girl aged 7.

Gretl- height 1.2m, played by a girl to be no younger than 6 or 7.

To audition, applicants must register their interest by emailing and provide the child's name, age, height and gender. Once registered, details will be provided about when the auditions will take place and what commitment the child must make in order to be part of this exciting show.

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.

With its unforgettable score, The Sound of Music contains some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical theatre stage including My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Edelweiss, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music.

Arguably one of the world's best-loved musicals, the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was Rogers and Hammerstein's biggest success. The 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews as Maria won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and remains one of the most popular movies of all time.

Tickets for The Sound of Music will go on sale in April.