THE 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music is to be marked in Ixworth next month with a show written and performed by a star from the original musical.
Melanie Parr, who played Gretl von Trapp in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, will perform The Sound of Music with Gretl – an evening of songs, anecdotes and theatrical nostalgia.
The show, held on October 8 at Ixworth Village Hall, tells the story of how Melanie went from farm life to starring in a West End show.
“People still love The Sound of Music and hopefully this will make them smile,” Melanie said.
Suffolk holds a special place in Melanie’s heart. She married in Walsham-le-Willows in 1986 and her mother, Mary, has lived in Ixworth since 1983.
She hopes her mother will be able to fully enjoy the show after she was unwell during a previous performance in Garboldisham.
“It will be nice for her to see it when she is feeling well,” said Melanie, who has led an exciting career, working with Sammy Davis Jnr, Dudley Moore and Harry Enfield, appearing in West End shows such as Salad Days and Gone with the Wind, and television programmes including The Bill and Eastenders.
She has many fond memories from her childhood performing in the West End 50 years ago.
“It was such a fun way to grow up,” she said. “It was just downright fun. I loved it,” she said.
Tickets are £7.50 in advance and £8 on the night. Reservations can be made by calling 01473 548956.