IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Wollongbar’s Sam Green (left) and East Ballina’s Landon Broadley are both performing in The Sound of Music in Brisbane.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Wollongbar’s Sam Green (left) and East Ballina’s Landon Broadley are both performing in The Sound of Music in Brisbane. Contributed

Local boys in Sound of Music

TWO Ballina Shire boys can now add performing in the Brisbane production of The Sound of Music to their list of favourite things.

And while many of us are now thinking of the words to some of the well known songs in the classic movie - the hills are alive, and a doe is a deer, a female deer - Wollongbar's Sam Green, 12, and East Ballina's Landon Broadley, 11, will be singing those lines to large audiences for the musical's season, which closes at the end of April.

They will play the role of Kurt - there are three cohorts of child actors in the production - in the well-known story of a novice, Maria, who becomes the governess for the seven children of naval Captain von Trapp in pre-Second World War Austria, and then falls in love with the captain, and ... we all know the story.

Both boys have performed with the Ballina Players, and both starred in last year's very successful production of Oliver, with Landon playing the orphaned boy and Sam, the Artful Dodger.

It's a big jump from there to be on stage three times a week with the likes of Cameron Daddo, Lorraine Bayly and Marina Prior performing to an audience of 200-plus at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane.

For Emmanuel Anglican College student Landon, it was a tense time to confirm if he landed the role of Kurt.

"When I found out, I was bouncing off the walls," he said.

"I was really excited - it's a great opportunity."

Both boys have seen the classic movie, but once they secured their parts in the stage show they were told not to watch it again so it didn't influence their performance.



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