The ‘Sound of Music’ overflows HCT office

PUHI — Kylie Wilson of the Hawaii Children’s Theatre wanted to know where all the people were over the weekend.

Monday night, the final night of auditions for the upcoming HCT presentation of “The Sound of Music,” people overflowed the quaint Puhi Theatrical Warehouse.

“Where was everyone over the weekend?” Wilson asked. “We had auditions Friday and Saturday, but we have more people here than we had on Friday and Saturday, combined.”

Wilson said the audition was for both adult and keiki roles.

“We’ll be doing the callbacks this weekend,” Wilson said. “After that, rehearsals start.”

Meagan Nii, a Wilcox Elementary School performing arts teacher and coach, said she was trying out for a part to see what else she could learn.

Haley Gokan, 11, a student at the Kapaa Middle School, was auditioning for the first time, her mother said.

“‘The Sound of Music’ is one of my favorite movies,” said Gokan, who also plays taiko with the Joyful Noise and is a member of the Kapaa High School chorus and ukulele band. “Julie Andrews is also my favorite actress.”

Talia Beebe, 8, a student at the Kilauea Elementary School, had already gone through the auditioning process.

“We’re just waiting on the callback,” Beebe, who was second in line, said. “The audition was fun. I was a little nervous because this is my first audition. But in the end, it was OK. They made us sing and answer some questions.”

Stacy Ramos, moving here from Washington state six months ago, was also excited.

“I came to Kauai to be in a play a friend produced,” Ramos said. “But something happened and the play fell through.”

She said she tried out for HCT’s production of “Les Miserables,” but did not get a part, and is hopeful for this show.

“When I heard about this, I got really excited because ‘The Sound of Music’ is one of my favorite movies,” Ramos said. “I’m going to try out for Liesl, the oldest daughter, and I hope to get the part. … I’ve never been anywhere else in Hawaii. I’m really surprised at how active the performing arts is over here.”

Ramos said, even if she doesn’t get a part, she plans to be involved in the production.

“I can always help paint sets,” she said. “I want to be more involved in theater. It’s exciting.”

HCT will present “The Sound of Music” from Nov. 15 through Dec. 1.

Call 246-8985 for more information.

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