Sound of Music on the way with St Mary’s Players

Published on: 02 Dec 2013

IF musical theatre is one of your favourite things, you’re in for a treat next year when the St Mary’s Players stages The Sound of Music.

As Downend Voice went to press, the group, based at Page Hall in Staple Hill, was holding auditions for the roles of the children in the Von Trapp family.

It was hoping to find two sets of youngsters to play Friedrich, 14, Louise, 13, Kurt, 11, Birgitta, 10, Marta, 7 and Gretl, 5.

Rehearsals for the show will take place on Thursdays and Sundays. The production will be staged at the Redgrave Theatre in Clifton in April.

St Mary’s Players, which has been going for 54 years, has members of all ages from all over Bristol and is particularly pleased that it has a good number of young members.

The group is a member of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and has won many South West Rose Bowl Awards over the years.

It was formed in 1959 by members from St Mary’s Church in Fishponds and performed there until 1985.

St Mary’s Players stage two productions a year – an autumn show at the Page Community Association hall and a spring performance at the Redgrave Theatre.

It also raises money for charity. A concert in July raised £2,000 in memory of Brian Stafford. It was handed over to Karen Smith, of St Peter’s Hospice, by chairwoman Jane Priddes and Barbara Stafford.

To find out more about the group, email

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