Parvin heads Sound of Music’ cast

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The cast is set and rehearsals are under way for the Queenstown version of musical The Sound of Music

About 40 cast members have been selected for the new Showbiz Queenstown production with a few places still to be finalised. 

Queenstown wit Chris Parvin takes the lead role of Captain Von Trapp while Remarkables Primary teacher Lisa Moore plays Maria, the role made famous by Julie Andrews in the movie of the same name. 

Parvin’s son Alfie, 10, plays Freidrich, one of the Von Trapp children. In another Wakatipu parent and child appearance, Sarah Deering is one of the nuns whilst her six-year-old daughter Zoe plays Gretl, another of the Von Trapp kids. 

Showbiz Queenstown production manager Hilary Finnie says two sets of children have been chosen to play the six Von Trapp kids. 

The two groups will split the 10-night season from May 17 to 26, doing alternate nights. 

“It can be a wee bit risky to rely on one set of kids – they can get sick or break something whereas adults tend to be able to override a lot of problems that kids can’t necessarily,” Finnie says. 

“It also gives an extra team of kids the opportunity and they all learn from that experience. 

“It’s a great cast – and we had to turn away so many fantastic kids. We had over 60 kids,” Finnie says. 

Along with Moore, two other primary teachers in the Wakatipu have also landed roles in the show. 

Arrowtown Primary teacher Kathleen Brentwood plays Mother Abbess and Queenstown Primary’s Fiona Stephenson plays Baroness Elsa. 

The show’s director Bryan Aitken is out of town but returns on April 1.