Eyemouth echoes to the Sound of Music

Lyn Manderson gets set to play Maria with a small army of Von Trapp children ready for Eyemouth variety to stage the Sound of Music
Lyn Manderson gets set to play Maria with a small army of Von Trapp children ready for Eyemouth variety to stage the Sound of Music

Eyemouth Variety Group are aiming to wow their audience once again when they perform ‘The Sound of Music’ next week.

Last year’s ‘Beauty & the Beast’ proved that co-producers Pauline Grieve and Andrea Thacker and their cast had real ambition, and the gauntlet they’ve thrown down for themselves this year is certainly not one to be tackled half-heartedly.

‘The Sound of Music’, which graces the old Eyemouth high school stage next week, is one of the best known musicals of all time, so no pressure then for the 48 strong cast and their producers!

One lady who has some particularly famous shoes to fill is Lyn Manderson. Fresh from being the Belle of the ball last year, Lyn is taking on the role of Maria, synonymous with the darling of screen musicals Julie Andrews.

But speaking to Lyn during rehearsals last week, it became clear that once again she’s up for the challenge.

“It’s a very different role to Belle,” she explained. “There’s a lot of singing - with very high notes, particularly the title song - and Maria is on stage an awful lot but I’m enjoying it.

“The children have been fantastic to work with too, they’re a great bunch.”

The youngsters in question are of course the Von Trapps and such was the interest in the roles and the wealth of talent from those who tried out, that Pauline and Andrea cast two teams of siblings - one for Wednesday and Friday performances and one for Thursday and Saturday.

“In all honesty we could have cast three or four teams the standard was so high.

“We had 27 girls audition for the role of Gretel alone and 37 for the other Von Trapps.

“Myself and Pauline both agreed that we needed a show that would show off the amazing young talent we have here and ‘The Sound of Music’ is ideal.

“After the reaction we got to ‘Beauty & the Beast’ we thought about maybe not doing a spring musical this year as we weren’t sure we’d be able to top it but I’m really glad we decided to do ‘The Sound of Music’,” Pauline added.

“Everyone has risen to the challenge really well and it’s been an exciting and fun show to do as a producer.

Tickets for the 7.30pm performances running from Wednesday, April 24 to Saturday, April 27 are £7 adults and £6 children and available from Occasions, Eyemouth.