THE classic tale of the Von Trapp family’s flight over the Austrian Alps receives a new lease of life under Flynn’s guiding hand, as the Opera House stage is transformed and a memorable musicalscore, featuring such unforgettable songs such as ‘My Favourite Thing’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ and of course the glorious title number, ‘The Sound of Music’ are re-created by musicaldirector, David Hayes’ superb orchestration.

In what will be their first time playing opposite each other, acclaimed actor and singer,  Michael Sands and favourite leading lady, Carol Anne Ryan, will take the lead parts of Captain Von Trapp and Maria Reiner, with internationally renowned soprano, Cara O’Sullivan as Mother Abbess and the much celebrated Donna Roche, Shayron Hobbs and Laoise O’Hanlon playing the lead nuns.

Ellie O’Mullane takes to the stage as the charmingly innocent Liesl playing opposite Rolf played by Pat O’Sullivan, who was first discovered by Bryan Flynn many years ago as a child for the title role ofthe musical Oliver. Linda Kenny has been added to this talented cast as the ever glamourous Baroness-Schrader, with Conor Tallon threading the board as Herr Zeller.

A tireless casting process undertaken by Director Bryan Flynn saw nearly 1,000 people audition for roles in The Sound of Music, with some of Cork’s top young acting talent landing the much-coveted parts.

The kids’ roles are filled by two groups of six, playing the parts of Fridrich, Louisa, Kurt, Briggita, Marta and the oh-so-cute Gretl including: Luke Hogan, Billy Kelly, sisters Claire and Eva O’Leary (both daughters of Valerie O’Leary who plays the principal role of Frau Schmidt), Mark Sampson, Dara Healy, Patti Maguire, Ali McIllhenny, Molly O’Mahony, Darragh O’Connell, Lily Clifton and Mia Jones.

A top-class creative team has been assembled for what will be one of the biggest productions to grace the stage of Cork Opera House. Bryan Flynn is joined by some of the finest in the business including Jennie Readman on Hair and Make-Up, Joan Hickson on Costume Design and Michael Hurly on Lighting Design.

The Sound of Music is the centre-piece of what will be a stunning summer season at Cork Opera House and promises to be one of the most unforgettable shows you will see this year.

Friday, July 27 – Wednesday, August 18

Time: 8pm, Matinees: 1pm & 2.30pm

Directed by Bryan Flynn, Cork Opera House brings Rodgers and Hammerstein’s global success, TheSound of Music, to Cork this summer with a lavish production and all-star cast.

Booking fees may apply. Limited early bird tickets available.

Bookings: www.corkoperahouse.ie or 021 427 0022

Tickets: EVENINGS €25, €27.50, €30. FAMILY €100. MATINEE 1pm & 2.30pm €20, FAMILY €70. PREVIEWS €15