The Sound of Music’ stage stars then and now …


Performers in Showbiz Queens­town’s 1982 production of The Sound of Music have returned for a 30-year reunion.
A total of 19 cast members from 1982 met at the weekend with those reprising the much-loved roles in the 2012 production which kicked off last Thursday. 

Among the original cast were former Shortland Street star Stelios Yiakmis and Hamish Wilson, now married to TV One’s Breakfast host Petra Bagust. 

The Sound of Music’s 2012 stars acknowledged the original cast after last Saturday’s show. The show continues at Memorial Hall tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $35 to $55.


Pictured (from left) are Ailsa Williamson, Stelios Yiakmis, Diana Hinterleitner and Pol Nicholson. During last Saturday’s reunion festivities after the show, Yiakmis and Hinterleitner adapted the words of Liesl and Rolf’s famous duet Sixteen Going on Seventeen: “I am 46 …”





Queenstowner Simon Mullins (left) says last Saturday’s cast reunion was “tremendous”. He’s pictured beside his co-star Erin Callanan – formerly Erin Farrant – who played Maria Rainer, made famous in the movie by Julie Andrews. 

Their 2012 counterparts are Chris Parvin and Lisa Moore. Mullins says today’s cast has the convenience of modern sound technology – “we had no mics at all”


Julie Walker (left) knows her 2012 successor Fiona Stephenson (far left) rather well. Both teach at Queenstown Primary. Walker says this year’s cast enjoy the same camaraderie their counterparts did 30 years ago

Sister Marie Eugene (left) meets Queenstowner Jean Britton, who plays the 2012 version of von Trapp house­keeper ‘Frau Schmidt’. Sister Marie Eugene, from Invercargill, was the principal of Queenstown’s St Joseph’s School in the 1980s. Ironically, she’s a nun in real life but played the housekeeper rather than one of the musical’s many nuns

Hamish Wilson meets his 2012 equivalent Alfie Parvin, 10. “It was great meeting him and hearing him basically describing the same experience I had,” Wilson says. Auckland-based Wilson, who grew up at Lake Hayes, is married to TV presenter
Petra Bagust