The international tour of London’s West End production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to Manila! And as if this six time Tony award-winning including Best Musical and five time Oscar-winning including Best Picture (for the film) legendary classic isn’t already enough, they have casted 18 talented Filipinos for the roles of the von Trapp children for the Manila run! Premiering at the Theater at Solaire on September 27, tickets are now on sale at ticketworld.com.ph.
The book written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse based on the true story of Maria Augusta von Trapp (The Trapp Family Singers) was set in Austria just before the World War II. THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the tale of Maria who took on a job as a governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the seven children and later on with their widowed father, Captain von Trapp, while her fun-loving nature changes their lives by reintroducing them to music. Touching on the timeless elements of unexpected love, family bonds, beauty of nature, and the power of music, the musical is as relevant today as it was when it first premiered in 1959.
With over 400 children from all over the Philippines auditioning for six of the seven von Trapp kids, Jonny Bowles, the children’s director flew from London to oversee the three-day grueling rounds of singing, acting, and dancing tests. From the strict age range (6 to 13) and height to match the original von Trapp kids, three children were chosen to alternate each character throughout the Manila season. Playing Friedrich are Orenci Soleta, Kyle Rafanan, and Joseph Leggatt; Louisa by Gwyneth Dorado, Quinn O’hara, and Angelica Mabuting; Kurt by Tory Cortez, Dean Angelia, and James Hess; Brigitta by Krystal Brimner, Rayne Cortez, and Sophie Reyes; Marta by Samantha Lagman, Leani Columna, and Princess Rabara; and lastly Gretl by Jia Condino, Alysha Africa, and Faline Dorado.
At the end of the selection process, Jonny Bowles reveal that “It is the opportunity of a lifetime for these talented youngsters to star in a West End production of this caliber and Filipino audiences will be astounded at the quality of their performances.”
Just before the media launch on July 18 at the Diamond Hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Carmen Pretorius who plays Maria flew in to surprise the children by joining them in rehearsals as they sang “The Sound of Music.” Despite being in her twenties, Carmen has become one of the household names of African theater for her roles as Gabriella Montez in High School Musical Live Onstage, Ariel Moore in Footloose, Sophie Sheridan in MAMMA MIA!, Lorraine in Jersey Boys, and Liezl von Trapp before taking on the role of Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
While the children were star struck, it was Carmen’s reaction to the immense talent and immediate affection of the young Filipino cast that makes this production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC all the more exciting.
The music composed by Richard Rodgers and the lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein have now become the most memorable songs ever heard on stage and screen such as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” “The Lonely Goatherd,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and “The Sound of Music.” These are tunes that have become classics after spanning generations. A feat that only true iconic seem to muster. THE SOUND OF MUSIC is considered to be the world’s most popular musical with the current production being followed by sell-out seasons in Singapore, New Zealand, and China.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Company and David Ian Productions and is presented in Manila by Globe LIVE, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Concertus Manila, and David Atkins Enterprises.
SOURCE: Concertus Manila