25 years ago this week: Thursday, February 26, 1987

ALNWICK will be alive with the sound of music as the Broadway and London West End smash hit musical comes to the town.

Between Monday, March 9, and Saturday, March 14, the Lindisfarne Drama Centre will be the setting of the musical which will be put on by a brand new group.

The Alnwick Stage Musical Society was formed last October after producer Norman Luke and musical director Paul Toward saw a need for such a group in the town.

The group, similar to those in Berwick, Wooler, Ashington and Morpeth, is aimed at an ostensibly older cast.

The musical couldn’t have got off to a better start when over 100 came to audition for the 14 principal parts, with as many as 50 children going for the parts of the seven Von Trapp children.

Sixty people in all will be taking part in putting on the show, plus a 17-piece orchestra.

The only problem with the show so far is getting a hold of the nuns’ habits, because no matter how hard the group tried they couldn’t be found anywhere locally.

Normal Luke explained how the group had to go as far away as Leeds to find the 23 habits needed for the show.

Teresa Straker, 27, from Amble, is taking the part of Maria.

Richard Newbiggin, 34, of Amble, is taking the part of Captain Von Trapp.

Richard will be known to many as the keyboard player from the popular local band Before the Mast.