Do-Re-Mi to The Sound of Music

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The hills are set to come alive with the sound of music when a Leyland theatre company take to the stage next month.

St Ambrose Players, a drama group that has been entertaining audiences since 1944, has chosen the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music as its latest musical production.

Rehearsals are well underway, and tickets are now available for the event, which will run from May 15-19 at St Ambrose Church Hall, on Moss Lane.

Tickets are priced at £8, with a £7 concession price, and the performances will begin at 7.30pm.

According to Sarah White, who is playing a nun in the production’s ensemble, the show is so far looking promising.

She said: “I think the rehearsals are going really well.

“Everyone wants that opportunity to be part of The Sound of Music - there is a fun factor to it.

“I think that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show ‘How to Solve a Problem like Maria’ brought it into the limelight.

“I am really enjoying it - the nun’s songs are lovely, and there are some nice harmonies in there. We will be singing in Latin as well.

“There are some really good singers, and the children are working really well together, and having a lovely time.

“It is a strong show and it is so different to the film - althought it does have part of the film in it, it is such a wonderful comedy in the stage version.”

The company were one of the first to receive amateur rights to the production, since it left the West End.

Alison Griffiths-Barnes will be taking the title role of Maria, which was portrayed by Julie Andrews in the 1965 film.

She has had ten years experience, and is the latest performer to scoop the ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ award at the St Ambrose ceremony.

Set construction is currently underway.

For more information on The Sound of Music contact the director Bev Yates on 01772 454751 or bev.yates@welfieldbec.lancs.sch.uk.

Tickets are available fromSheila Kenny, 87 St Davids Road, Farington, Leyland, or by ringing 01772 452296.

More on St Ambrose Players can be found on the group’s website, www.stambroseplayers.co.uk.