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.