The producers of the new stage production of The Sound of Music announced today (20th January, 2016) that Cancer Council will be the official charity partner for the Australian tour.
Bucket collections at selected performances across the season and proceeds from final dress rehearsal performances in Brisbane and Melbourne will raise funds for Cancer Council’s work in cancer support, research, advocacy and prevention.
The lavish London Palladium production of The Sound of Music is playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre until 28 February, then travels to Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre from 11 March, Melbourne’s Regent Theatre from 13 May and the Festival Theatre Adelaide from 9 August.
This acclaimed production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical premiered in 2006 at the home of West End musical theatre, the London Palladium, where it celebrated a record-breaking 954 performances seen by well over 2 million people, before going on to enjoy sell-out seasons internationally.
The Australian production stars Amy Lehpamer (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Once) as Maria Rainer and Cameron Daddo (Legally Blonde, Big River) as Captain Georg von Trapp, starring alongside Marina Prior (Mary Poppins, The Secret Garden) as Baroness Schraeder, Jacqueline Dark (Opera Australia’s Aida, Don Giovanni) as Mother Abbess, Lorraine Bayly (Calendar Girls, The Sullivans) as Frau Schmidt and David James (Playschool, Avenue Q) as Max Detweiler.
Cancer Council CEO Professor Sanchia Aranda said the world class production was not to be missed. “The only thing better than seeing The Sound of Music on stage is to see the show while supporting Cancer Council at the same time. This timeless classic will have audiences smiling, singing along and enjoying a fun-filled night out while supporting a great cause.
“We’re very proud to have been named the official charity partner nationally for The Sound of Music, and thank all theatre-goers for their generosity and outstanding support on behalf of all Australians affected by cancer.”
On behalf of his co-producers, John Frost said, “I am thrilled again to partner with Cancer Council after working closely with them on other shows. I’d like to thank patrons who will support the work of this wonderful charity by buying tickets to a dress rehearsal or donating after performances.”
For more information about The Sound of Music, visit soundofmusictour.com.au
For more information about Cancer Council Australia, visit: cancer.org.au