How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

    Temple Street Productions and CBC Television climb every mountain to find
    Canada's next musical theatre star.

    Who will be the next Maria von Trapp?

    TORONTO, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - The search to find Canada's Maria von Trapp
starts January 25, 2008 with a seven-city cross-country audition tour that
will culminate in the eight-week CBC Television series How Do You Solve a
Problem Like Maria? produced by Temple Street Productions in association with
CBC Television. On this television show the Canadian public will choose who
will play the most famous role in musical theatre in a brand new production of
the beloved musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC (produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, David
Ian and David Mirvish) that will open in October 2008 at Toronto's Princess of
Wales Theatre.
    Open casting calls will be held in the cities listed below on the
following days:

    Toronto, ON           January 25
    Montreal, QC          January 28
    Vancouver, BC         February 1
    Calgary, AB           February 3
    Winnipeg, MB          February 4
    Halifax, NS           February 8
    St. John's, NL        February 9

    Location and times will be announced at a later date.

    "We are thrilled to offer Canadians this unique opportunity to help
select the next star of one of the world's most beloved musicals," said
Kirstine Layfield, Executive Director of Network Programming for CBC
    Set to broadcast on CBC next summer, the series will catch all the drama
and theatrics of the audition process and the inevitable eliminations.
Canadian viewers will have the responsibility of voting to determine who they
think should be Maria. Once selected, the new Maria will immediately join
rehearsals with the rest of the cast on the stage of the Princess of Wales
Theatre in Toronto.
    Legendary composer and impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, producer David Ian
and the BBC came up with the concept for the BBC television series with the
hope of finding a bright young star for their UK production of THE SOUND OF
MUSIC. The television show enjoyed incredible popularity that carried on to
the stage production at the legendary London Palladium. This success made a
star of Connie Fisher, the young woman chosen by the British public to play
    "I am delighted that How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? is coming to
Canada. It was an enormous success in the UK. We discovered a fantastic Maria.
Not only that, we discovered many talented actresses who have also gone on to
play leading roles around the UK and the icing on the cake was that we won an
Emmy," stated Andrew Lloyd Webber.
    The Canadian version of the smash hit will audition thousands across the
country narrowing the group to 200 who will be invited for callbacks in
Toronto. From this group approximately 50 women will be selected to attend
'Maria School' for further training.
    The show will follow the "Marias" as they endure rigorous auditions,
training sessions and honest evaluations. The role requires acting ability,
singing ability and stage presence. Prospective Marias will need to show the
nation their "favorite things," and how they can be a nun-in-training, a
governess, a will-o-the-wisp and a singing sensation.
    For more information on the show and to register for an audition visit
    How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? is executive produced by Sheila
Hockin, David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg.
    THE SOUND OF MUSIC has music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar
Hammerstein II, with a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by
"The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Beth Sulman, Holmes Creative
Communications, (416) 628-5602,; Jeff Keay, CBC Media
Relations, (416) 205-3987,; John Karastamatis, Sue Toth,
Randy Alldread, Mirvish Productions, (416) 593-0351,,,

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