ONLY seven Border youngsters made the cut when 115 auditioned to play the von Trapp children in the Albury-Wodonga Theatre Company’s upcoming production of The Sound of Music.
It took the company two days to get through the auditions of the children’s roles.
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Among the lucky ones was Ebony Banks, 5, who never planned to audition for the role of Gretel, the youngest of the seven children.
“My friend from school saw it in the newspaper and wanted me to go with her,” the Wodonga girl said.
“She (came out of the audition and) didn’t like it, but I loved it.
“I love singing and dancing.”
The musical will be the Wodonga Southern Rise Primary School student’s first production, while veteran performer Jennifer Robinson, who will play the children’s governess, Maria, is taking part in her 20th production.
Having grown up in Albury, she’s no stranger to the Border stage.
Robinson, who now lives in Melbourne, was asked to audition for the role after her performance in Strange Bedfellows in 2010.
“I’ve always wanted to play Maria and now I get to in my home town with my family all here, and it will be nice for my grandmothers to see me on stage again,” she said.
The Sound of Music will run from April 11 to 14 at Albury Entertainment Centre.
Tickets can be bought at the box office by calling (02) 6043 5610.