Leeds Amateur Operatic Society: Scores of children attend Sound of Music auditions

Gabby Donegan, 9, William Sammon, 10, and Brooke Hirst, 10, at the auditions.
Gabby Donegan, 9, William Sammon, 10, and Brooke Hirst, 10, at the auditions.
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The halls were alive with the sound of music as more than 90 children attended drama auditions at a Leeds school.

The youngsters, all aged between five and 14, were aiming to clinch the roles of six of the Von Trapp children in the Leeds Amateur Operatic Society’s (LAOS) rendition of The Sound of Music, which will be staged next year.

Children from theatre and dance schools from across the region attended the auditions at the David Young Community Academy on Bishops Way, Seacroft, yesterday. (Oct 14)

After the rest of casting is complete, rehearsals for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical will begin in November, before the cast take to the stage at the Leeds Grand Theatre from March 19 to 23 next year.

David Payne, LAOS’s publicity officer, said: “To know that these children are going on stage at the Leeds Grand Theatre, it must be one of the pinnacles of their lives at this stage.”

He said that the hopefuls were asked to sing, dance and act during the audition process.

Having already cast the role of Liesel, the eldest of the Von Trapp children, the society was looking for two teams of six actors to play the roles of Friedric, Louisa, Kurt, Briggitta, Marta and Gretel on alternate nights.

The actors who will play Maria and Liesel in the March production attended the auditions, along with the director, musical director and members of the society’s committee, to narrow down the hopefuls.

Mr Payne said the director told more than 30 of the auditionees that they were capable of playing the parts, but only 12 could be chosen.

This year LAOS, which puts on two stage shows a year at Leeds Grand Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, performed Chess in spring before Guys and Dolls last month.

With famous songs including Edelweiss, My Favourite Things, Climb Every Mountain, Do-Re-Mi, and the title song The Sound of Music, the musical will be LAOS’s 104th show at Leeds Grand Theatre.

For more information, visit: www.thelaos.com

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