Schoolgirl lands Sound of Music role

Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.
Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.
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A WEARSIDE schoolgirl is hoping to bring the hills alive after she landed a part in The Sound of Music.

Eleven-year-old Anne Marie Gray beat almost 200 hopefuls to the part of Louisa Von Trapp in a stage version of the 1965 hit musical film.

Anne-Marie Gray (11) of Elmfield, Hetton, who has landed a role in The Sound of Music at the Gala Theatre, Durham later this month.

Anne-Marie Gray (11) of Elmfield, Hetton, who has landed a role in The Sound of Music at the Gala Theatre, Durham later this month.

The play runs at the Gala in Durham City from tomorrow and includes a star-studded cast.

The Hetton youngster is not just a model pupil and aspiring actor, she also juggles caring for her eight-year-old brother Hayden, who suffers from learning difficulties and has autism.

Anne Marie’s proud dad Warren, 48, who along with wife Alaine, 44, adopted her and Hayden in 2006, said today: “We are so pleased for Anne Marie because she has such a great raw talent.

“She was at Dubmire Primary School before St Robert’s and she played the Goblin King in their production of Labrynth and also the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.

“She can sing, dance and act and people have picked up on how much stamina she has.

“She cares for her brother quite a lot, which requires patience at times, but she never complains.”

The production is accompanied by a 34-piece orchestra from the Northern College of Music, in Manchester.

Maria is being played by Alison Robertson, an opera singer from Australia, with the part of Captain Von Trapp portrayed by Ray Johnson, who has previously performed in the West End.

Adding to the international flavour, the Mother Abbess character is to be played by Canadian Debbie Wilson.

Warren added: “Anne Marie’s been working really hard and putting in a lot of hours in rehearsals after school.

“She can’t wait for it to start.”

The Sound of Music plays at The Gala Theatre, in Durham City, until Saturday.

Matinee performances take place on the Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, all beginning at 2.30pm.

For tickets, call 03000 266 6600 or go to www.galadurham.co.uk.