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From Weatherfield to Edelweiss! Theatre Severn announces Star Casting for hit musical

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Later this month Theatre Severn will be staging the wonderfully lavish classic musical ‘The Sound of Music’ and it has just been revealed that the show will star some very special names.  

For those of you unfamiliar with the musical, its origins lie with the Trapp Family Singers and Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography. Her remarkable story inspired the Broadway musical, which tells the story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII.

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘So Long, Farewell’ and of course, the title song, ‘The Sound of Music’. 

This latest incarnation of the classic musical has been produced by Bill Kenwright and has been choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer. The show is the largest Theatre Severn has ever staged, and staff at the theatre are very much looking forward to the shows arrival. Excitement has been fuelled further this week with the announcement of a certain Weatherfield resident joining the cast. 

Andrew Lancel, known to many as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street (a role that earned him a 'Villain of the Year' award at the British Soap Awards), will be putting the street behind him, and will be joining us here in Shropshire, as it has just been confirmed that he will playing the dashing Captain Von Trapp in the musical. 

Andrew will be joined on stage by star of BBC1’s The Voice and award-nominated Lucy O’Byrne, who will be starring as Maria. 

Lucy became a household name when she shot to success in the TV talent show, The Voice and made history as the first classical singer to reach the final of the television talent show. She later went on to perform at the BBC Proms and, in relation to the role, has been described in the press as 'Quite possibly the best Maria since Julia Andrews herself'.

Theatre spokesman Pip Bayley said ‘We are over the moon to be able to bring Shropshire Audiences this wonderful production of The Sound of Music. We already knew Lucy was going to be in the show, news from the tour is that she is excellent and promises to be a must-see, with the addition of Andrew to the cast the show really is shaping up to be something very special indeed.‘  

The Sound of Music will be at Theatre Severn from Thursday 31st  May – Saturday 11th June, tickets are available by contacting the Box Office on 01743 281 281 or by visiting the Theatre Severn website.

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