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Director begins search for Kiwi kids to play the Von Trapps

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises present the Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and the Really Useful Group production of


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Director arrives to search for Kiwi kids to play the Von Trapps in Lloyd Webber production

The international director of THE SOUND OF MUSIC has arrived in the country to begin his search for New Zealand children to play the Von Trapps in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster stage production opening in September.

Director Anton Luitingh flew into Wellington over the weekend and will tomorrow (Tuesday) begin the enormous task of finding 18 children from the 1000 children who have registered nationwide. He will spend a further three days in Auckland from next Saturday, testing the talents of the huge number of children who have put their names forward for this lavish lavish and critically acclaimed West End production playing in Wellington and Auckland from 12 September.

Producer of THE SOUND OF MUSIC and Chief Executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions James Cundall said, “This is an exciting opportunity for local talent to star in an international and West End blockbuster. We are looking for 18 children in total to play six roles in this family musical and encourage aspiring young actors and actresses of the right height to come along and audition.”

With its unforgettable score THE SOUND OF MUSIC touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical theatre stage, including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Edelweiss, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain Von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family’s escape across the mountains.

The original Broadway production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s biggest success. The 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews as Maria won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and remains one of the most popular movies of all time.

This dazzling production from the home of West End musical theatre – the famous London Palladium – is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Company and David Ian Productions, and is presented in New Zealand by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and David Atkins Enterprises.

WELLINGTON – From 12 September – St James Theatre
AUCKLAND – From 3 October – The Civic
Tickets on sale in June.

Headed by James Cundall, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is one of Australasia’s leading producers of live entertainment, and over the last two decades has created a reputation for bringing top quality international productions to audiences across five continents.
Since 1992, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions has produced a wide array of live entertainment including musicals (Annie, Chicago, Cats, We Will Rock You, Chicago, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, South Pacific, Mamma Mia, West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera); spectaculars (Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria, Riverdance); boutique shows (Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Stomp, Circus Oz, Potted Potter, Slava’s Snowshow); musical concerts (ABBA Mania, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Bootleg Beatles); international artists (Elaine Paige, Bryn Terfel, David Helfgott, Clive James, Ricky Martin); concerts (The Last Night of the Proms for the Hong Kong Handover, The Grimethorpe Colliery Band); plays (The 39 Steps, The Woman in Black); children’s shows (Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Barney the Dinosaur); as well as The Imperial Ice Stars productions of The Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice , Cinderella on Ice and The Nutcracker on Ice to name just a few.
Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is based in the UK with companies in Hong Kong, Singapore, The Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.
David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) is one of the world’s leading Event and Production Companies. Based in Sydney and headed by David Atkins OAM, DAE has been producing international ceremonies, musicals, arena events and live productions all over the world for over 25 years. As well as co-producing a number of theatre shows and musicals with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, DAE created and produced the Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup in Auckland in 2011, the Outdoor Opening Ceremony of World Expo 2010 in Shanghai China, the Opening, Closing and Victory Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

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