Kara Tointon, who played the much-loved nun Maria in the new musical drama adaptation The Sound of Music Live!, which was broadcasted in UK on ITV on Sunday 20 December 2015 was asked about the prospect of the live element. The EastEnders star admitted it was "obviously the scariest part".
Based on the original stage musical, The Sound of Music Live! featured songs from the classic score by Rodgers and Hammerstein, including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi, My Favourite Things, Climb Ev'ry Mountain and the title song.
Kara and her Co-Star Julian Ovenden, who played the Captain von Trapp, took the opportunity to immerse themselves in their roles by visiting Salzburg and followed the footsteps of the real von Trapps – both the film and stage version of The Sound of Music are based on the real Maria´s memoir, The Story of the Trapp family singers.
Their special Sound of Music Tour took them to the Salzburg Museum, the Villa van Trapp in Aigen, Schloss Leopoldskron, the Mirabell gardens and Nonnberg Abbey. This Sound of Music pilgrimage through the City of Salzburg has opened a new perspective on the story.
“I now realise that the Captain wasn´t a cut-and-dried character at all, says Julian. “He was just a human being grieving for his dead wife and trying to keep control of seven children when Maria arrived. I struggle just with two kids and a dog. God knows how the man coped.” And he adds: “I always wondered, for example, why my grandmother, who had Alzheimer´s, took so much comfort in the movie that she watched it every single day. And now I think I know – this masterpiece represents the healing power of music and the ability of good to triumph over evil. Isn´t that one of the most comforting thoughts in the world?”