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18 Pinoy kids cast in int’l production of ‘Sound Of Music’

‘I go to the hills when my heart is lonely, I know I will hear what I’ve heard before…’



From a lineup of 400 auditionees, those who bagged parts in the forthcoming international production of “The Sound Of Music” for staging in Manila have been revealed.

Future Stars. These fresh young talents are set to shine after landing important roles in the Manila staging of ‘The Sound Of Music’ (mb.com.ph)

Future Stars. These fresh young talents are set to shine after landing important roles in the Manila staging of ‘The Sound Of Music’

Playing the coveted role of Friedrich von Trapp are Orenci Ken Soleta (Binangonan, Rizal), Kyle Robert Rafanan (Talisay City, Negros Occ.) and Joseph Alexander Leggatt (Biñan, Laguna). The small and cute character of Gretl went to Jia Ruth Lauren Condino (Taguig City), Alysha Mari Africa (Parañaque City) and Faline Dorado (Pasig City).

Bringing to life Kurt are Tory Gil Emilio Cortez (Pasig City), Dean Adhiel Angelia (Noveleta, Cavite) and James Christian Hess (Makati City). Then, Samantha Lagman (Sta. Ana, Manila), Leani Columna (Las Piñas) and Princess Aliyah Rabara (Marilao, Bulacan) alternate as Marta.

Brigitta will be played by Krystal Brimner (Laguna), Rayne Yssibel Cortez (Pasig City) and Sophia Isabella Reyes (Marikina City). Meanwhile, Louisa will be delineated by Gwyneth Jearei Dorado (Pasig City), Quinn O’Hara (Biñan, Laguna) and Angelica Mabuting (Malolos, Bulacan).

“The Sound Of Music” is about Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by reintroducing them to music. The story culminates in the family’s escape across the Austrian mountains as tensions rise prior to the outbreak of World War II.

Asked about their audition experience, all the kids agreed it was “fun and exciting.”

Tory said, “I admit it was really nerve-wracking but it was quite fun also.”

Krystal added, “I really enjoyed it. It brought out the best in me. It was really exciting.”

But isn’t it too much to actually be asked to ace separate acting, singing and dancing tests?

“It was as I imagined it to be,” said Kyle. “It is for ‘The Sound Of Music’ after all and everything should just be right.”

“I just thought it was a great opportunity and I was willing to go to great lengths getting a part, thankfully I did,” said Orenci.

Show lead actor Carmen Pretorius believes the children got what it takes to succeed in the business.

“They’re all quite good and adorable too. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them make it big,” she said.

No newbie

Despite only being in her 20s, Carmen is one of South Africa’s most established young performers, having crafted a successful career in both the English and Afrikaans stage and screen industries.

Carmen Pretorius as Maria (mb.com.ph)

Carmen Pretorius as Maria

Her passion for performing started when she was a little girl. By her 16th birthday, she had already toured Japan and Singapore as a vocalist for the non-profit organization, Faith Harmony.

Her big break came in 2008 when she played Gabriella Montez in a Live Onstage production of “High School Musical,” a role which garnered her two theater award nominations.

Other musical theatre credits include “Footloose The Musical,” “Mamma Mia!” “Cabaret,” and “Jersey Boys.”

Carmen has toured the world including Singapore, New Zealand and China as part of “The Sound Of Music,” intially playing the role of Liezl von Trapp. This garnered her a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical at the Fleur de Cap Theatre Awards.

She has since graduated to playing Maria Von Trapp, a role that made a star out of the legendary Julie Andrews.

Asked how her portrayal of the role differs from that of Julie’s, she said, “I approached the character from how I see her, instead of just simply copying how Julie portrayed her, of course, Julie’s performance as Maria is one-of-a-kind and I’d like to think that I’m bringing my own imprint to the role.”

Carmen is excited to see how Pinoy audiences will respond to the show.

She shared, “Everything you love about ‘The Sound Of Music,’ including the characters, the music, the songs, they’re all here. To have a new and exciting cast on-board will definitely be fun. I am already looking forward to opening night. I am positive many Filipinos will find the show enjoyable.”

Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Company and David Ian Productions, and presented in Manila by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Concertus Manila, David Atkins Enterprises and Globe, “The Sound Of Music” runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 15 at The Theatre of Solaire Resort & Casino. Tickets now available at www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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