During the Summer of 2013, I played Marta in the Sound of Music, which was directed by Rachel Kavanaug. This was the second time I’ve been lucky enough to appear as a Von Trapp child, after playing Gretl in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production in 2011.
This time it was at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre, which was a really magical setting especially at night time. Michael Xavier played Captain Von Trapp and Charlotte Wakefield played Maria. They were brilliant, as was the whole cast… and of course our team who played the Von Trapp kids!
The audiences were always packed and it hardly ever rained and they loved the show. I especially liked the big song & dance numbers which were quite technical and jumping around in the water which surrounded the stage.
The show went on to win the ‘Whats On Stage’ Best Musical Revival (2014) and was even nominated for an Olivier. And the Open Air theatre reached record sales of tickets. So Mum and Dad tell me!
I’d love to play all the girls parts as I get bigger… perhaps one day, even Maria!!!
Appearing as Marta in the Sound of Music, Regents Park Open Air Theatre
Jaime Adler singing as Marta in the Sound of Music, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Summer 2013
A pic of me with Charlotte Wakefield, who played Maria
Playing Marta in the Sound of Music, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Summer 2013
A pic of me with Michael Xavier, who played Captain Von Trapp
Rehearsing the Sound of Music with the whole kids cast
Rehearsing the Sound of Music with my team and Faye Brooks
Back in 2011, I got to travel all over the UK with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of the Sound of Music. It was my first time in a big show and I got to play Gretl, the youngest of the Von Trapp family. I had a brilliant time. We performed at theatres in Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich, Cardiff and finally in London as the tour ended at the Wimbledon theatre.
Jason Donovan played Captian Von Trapp, Verity Rushworth was Maria with Leslie Garrett as Mother Abbess. They were all fantastic, but the kids were the best… I loved the kids in my team!!!
One night Andrew Lloyd Webber came to watch us perform. And Sylvia and Norman Young. That was really special.
Travelling and spending lots of time with the other children was amazing, we had a lot of fun together, but the bit I really enjoyed was being on stage.
This is where it all started for me with theatre and I was really lucky to get another opportunity to perform in the Sound of Music a few years later…
The Von Trapp kids in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s UK Tour of The Sound of Music
After show party with Verity Rushworth and the Von Trapp kids!!
Jaime Adler and Megan Keast with Sylvia and Norman Young