‘Sound of Music’ touring show begins Tuesday in Durham

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent

   DURHAM — Wishes — they’re easy to make but difficult to grant.
For Paige Silvester, playing Liesl Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music’s” national tour is a childhood dream come true.
“The Sound of Music” is set in Austria, just before the start of World War II. The famed musical follows the adventures of Maria, a young nun who inadvertently becomes the governess of the seven Von Trapp children. Silvester’s character, Liesl, is the oldest child of the seven.
“I always wanted to be Liesl,” she remarked. “I would make my brother dance around with me and do ‘Sixteen Going On Seventeen’, and we would jump all over the furniture and pretend it was the gazebo.”
    “Sound of Music” is Silvester’s second national tour, but the first tour in which she’s been a main character in the tours’ original cast. “Being a part of it from the beginning and taking ownership of it has been really fulfilling and fun.”Despite the excitement of performing such a fun-filled and youthful show, the rigors of touring are still present.
“This has been a challenging course,” she said. “Even though you’re in a new city all the time, you’re doing the same show, and you have to find ways to keep it fresh.”
Because “Sound of Music” has six children in the main cast, they help keep the touring process new and exciting.
“It’s really refreshing to go through the process with them, because for a lot of them it’s their first time.” Silvester said. “They don’t have a lot of the hangups that adults develop.”
So, how does she revive her performance night after night? One of her favorite touring pastimes is exploring the current city that the cast is performing in. Silvester has performed in the Carolinas before: she played the role of Sillibub in N.C. Theatre’s “Cats” two years ago. While in the area, she discovered a hidden gem in Durham: Duke’s Botanical Gardens.
“It was one of the best gardens I’ve ever seen,” she reflected. “I would go back there in a heartbeat. I really enjoyed North Carolina, and I can’t wait to go back.”
You can see Silvester in “The Sound of Music” beginning Tuesday at the Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Dec. 4–5, 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6.
Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets or in person or by phone at (919) 680–2787.

 Logan A. White is a home-schooled sophomore and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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