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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Ella Watts-Gorman poses for a picture with her dog, Sach. Ella stars as Louisa von Trapp in NBC’s production of “The Sound of Music, Live!” airing Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Ella Watts-Gorman poses for a picture with her dog, Sach. Ella stars as Louisa von Trapp in NBC’s production of “The Sound of Music, Live!” airing Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

Earlier this fall, Southold teenager Ella Watts-Gorman was sitting on a bench at the Mattituck ice cream parlor Magic Fountain, finishing a soft-serve vanilla cone, when she received a call telling her she had been cast as Louisa, one of the von Trapp children, in NBC’s upcoming production of “The Sound of Music, Live!” which airs tomorrow night (Thursday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.) on NBC.

“I was crying,” the 13-year-old says. “I was so excited and so happy.”

“The Sound of Music, Live!” is a three-hour telecast based on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless original Broadway musical about a young woman who leaves a convent in pre-World War II Austria to become governess to the children of a widowed naval officer. It stars country singer Carrie Underwood as Maria and “True Blood” actor Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg von Trapp.

Click here to read more about Ella’s story on Northforker.com

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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Ella Watts-Gorman, 13, stars as Louisa von Trapp in NBC's production of "The Sound of Music, Live!" airing Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Ella Watts-Gorman poses for a picture with her dog, Sach. Ella stars as Louisa von Trapp in NBC’s production of “The Sound of Music, Live!” airing Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

Southold native Ella Watts-Gorman, 13, will make her television debut next month when she stars as Louisa von Trapp in NBC’s production of “The Sound of Music, Live!” airing Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

Starring country singer Carrie Underwood as Maria and “True Blood” actor Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg von Trapp, “The Sound of Music, Live!” is a three-hour presentation based on the Broadway version of the timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

An 8th grader at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead, Ella is no stranger to the stage. Her first starring role came at just six years old, when she played Dorothy in an Islip Arts Center production of “The Wizard of Oz.” In 2011, she played the title role in Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre’s production of “Annie.”

“It’s so much fun,” Ella says of her newest role as Louisa, the mischievous third von Trapp child in “The Sound of Music.”

“I don’t want it to end. It has, so far, been the best experience of my life,” she says.

To read more about Ella and “The Sound of Music, Live!”, pick up a copy of this Thursday’s Riverhead News-Review or Suffolk Times.

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