Pictured are leading lady, Carol Anne Ryan as Maria and the Von Trap children. Pic: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

CORK Opera House has confirmed that a production of The Sound of Music will run this year from July 27th.

After auditioning nearly 1,000 people in search of the perfect cast, director Bryan Flynn and his team worked tirelessly to choose what the Opera House say is sure to be a world class cast.

Carol Anne Ryan won the much-coveted role of Maria Reiner along with acclaimed actor and singer Michael Sands as Captain Von Trapp.

This will be the first time that Carol Anne and Michael have played opposite each other on the Opera House stage.

The cast also includes internationally renowned soprano Cara O’Sullivan as Mother Abbess, surrounded by the much celebrated Donna Roche, Shayron Hobbs and Laoise O’Hanlon as 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 of the musical Oliver.

Linda Kenny has been added to this talented cast as the ever glamorous Baroness Schrader, while Conor Tallon will be treading the boards as Herr Zeller.

The kids roles were filled by two groups of six taking the roles 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.

This lavish production of The Sound of Music will illuminate the Opera House stage and its surrounds over the coming months and will really take flight with its opening on Friday, July 27th under a top-class creative team.

This production guarantees to vividly bring to life the uplifting true story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the Austrian mountains.

With its unforgettable musical score, The Sound of Music brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage, including My Favourite Things, Do-Re- Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen and of course the title song The Sound of Music.

For booking and information visit www.corkoperahouse.ie or call 021 427 0022.