The principle role of Maria in The Sound of Music is both challenging and iconic, made famous by Julie Andrews, but luckily the Hungerford Theatre Company has found the perfect local actress to fill the role for this year’s town show.
Zoe Hobbs, aged 23, is from Lambourn and originally joined the company at 10 years old in 2006 for their production of Flower Drum Song.
Zoe said: ‘I am delighted to be playing the role of Maria. It is such a beautiful storyline, with great music. This is an amazing opportunity and role. I hope I do it justice.
‘It is the community spirit that makes the town show special. All the evenings spent rehearsing are so worthwhile and it is a way to bring people with the same passions together. Everyone is very friendly and supportive.’
‘My favourite part of The Sound of Music is the song ‘Climb Every Mountain.’ It is a beautiful song and one which everyone can relate to as it inspires you to follow your dreams. This song means a lot to me personally.’
Zoe briefly left the company to study Primary education at Plymouth Marjon University, which has prepared her well for her role as Maria, a governess for a family with seven children.
‘The scenes with the children in the show really correspond to my personal philosophy in the classroom. This is how our schooling system should be taught through play, nature and music- experiencing the world around them.’
Audiences will get to see Zoe perform in The Sound of Music from Wednesday 20- Saturday 23 February, nightly at 7:15pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2:15pm in John O’Gaunt School Hall, Hungerford.
Buy your tickets now from www.hungerfordtheatre.com or call or visit the box office at Crown Needlework, 115 Hungerford High Street (01488 684 011)