Theatrical Announce Cast for The Sound of Music at National Theatre
Image: Tayla Dwyer (nee Thomas) as Maria. Photographer Nicole Cleary.
Melbourne based musical theatre company Theatrical has announced their production of The Sound of Music, playing for a strictly limited season at National Theatre Melbourne from 2-17 March, 2024.
The production is the first of three musicals to be staged at the historic 783 seat theatre as part of Theatrical’s 2024 Season, with The Boy From Oz premiering in July, and A Chorus Line in September.
The Sound of Music features a 16 piece orchestra led by musical director Kent Ross and a cast of 43 directed by Karen Shnider, including 12 young talents who share the roles of the Von Trapp children.
The score includes favourites “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “My Favourite Things”, “Do Re Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “Maria” and “The Sound of Music”.
“The Sound of Music is one of the true classics: the melodies, the songs and the story are timeless. Our production will give audiences the opportunity to enjoy all the iconic song and dance numbers from our vibrant cast, as well as the story of prejudice, hope and survival which remains so relevant today,” says director Karen Shnider.
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Sound of Music is based on the 1949 memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. The musical premiered in 1959 and won five Tony Awards, with the 1965 movie going on to win five Oscars.
Image: Tayla Dwyer (nee Thomas) as Maria, with the Von Trapp children. Photographer Nicole Cleary.
Tayla Dwyer (nee Thomas), who was a finalist in The Voice 2018, will star as Maria. Crowned by The Voice judges as a ‘Disney Princess’, Tayla began her professional career in Hong Kong as Elsa and Rapunzel in Broadway-style production ‘Mickey and the Wondrous Book’. She went on to perform with Hi-5 and play leading roles in Shrek the Musical, Legally Blonde,Theatrical’s Little Women and many more musical productions.
“The Sound of Music was one of my late nana Marjorie’s favourite things. She dreamt of this role for me and now I’m living the dream for both of us. I couldn’t be happier to be coming back to Theatrical to play Maria,” says Tayla.
More premiere musical productions are due to be announced at National Theatre Melbourne, further reinvigorating the underutilised and charming performing arts venue which was originally built in 1920 as a 3000-seat cinema.
“I am thrilled that we are part of the journey to revitalise the National Theatre, offering audience-favourite musicals outside the CBD theatres. At a time where every cent counts, we are happy to be able to offer the escapism of musical theatre at an affordable price point, with tickets selling for no more than $68,” says Executive Producer and Theatrical founder Andrew Gyopar.
“St Kilda is such a destination for the performing arts, and we are proud to be collaborating with the St Kilda Festival this year.”
The Sound of Music will take to the Alfred Square stage at St Kilda Festival at 12.15pm on 18 February, offering a sneak peek at some of the song and dance numbers from the musical. St Kilda Festival is Australia’s largest free music festival.
Theatrical is a not-for-profit and registered charity from former 3RRR radio personality and Executive Producer Andrew Gyopar, The independent musical theatre company has a mission to combat social isolation by encouraging inclusion, social connections and creative expression through theatre, while promoting diversity and positive mental health and wellbeing.
Maria Rainer: Tayla Dwyer
Capt von Trapp: John Parncutt
Mother Abbess: Amanda Stevenson
Max Detweiler: Brett O’Mera
Baroness Schraeder: Kate Thurkle
Liesl: Charlotte Holland
Friedrich: Damon Willis & Luca Moutsos
Louisa: Stephanie Adamson & Niki Georgas
Kurt: Matteo Maxwell & Ethan Lockhart
Brigitta: Ruby McGrath & Jessica Brown
Marta: Xoli McGinnes & Ayda Melody Hendricks
Gretl: Adeline Baker & Penelope Amato-Gifford
Rolf Gruber: Kael D’Alterio
Frau Schmidt: Shivanii Cameron
Sister Berthe: Keren Evans Sister
Margaretta: Manon Franiatte
Sister Sophia: Christine Wood
Herr Zeller: Mark Curran
Felix Banvillet, Catherine Bates, Thaii Berry, Amelia Davies, Jeremy Grigg. Aimee Forrest, M Ho, Chelsea Homan, Phoebe Jansz, Joel Keat, Murron Kennedy-Cupples, Madeleine Lacy, Princeton Leonard, Yvette Lipovetsky, Jessi Neilsen Carreño, Fergus Rann, Alyssa Sorgiovanni, Sarah Stapleton, Trevor Stockton.
Director: Karen Shnider
Musical Director: Kent Ross
Choreographer: Suzie Pappas
Assistant Musical Director: Alex Byrne
Assistant to the Director: Burnie Dariol
Production Coordinator: Millie Shanks
Production Assistant: Maria Nascimento
Executive Producer: Andrew Gyopar