Maria sits on a hill, surrounded by the Von Trapp kids, trying to see if she can “make it easier” to learn singing scales. At once she starts playing her guitar, singing the opening lines: “Doe a deer, a female deer”. But this version is a far cry from that.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music, a bunch of Australian media personalities have created their very own version of the classic show tune “Do Re Mi”.
The video, released by Fox Home Entertainment, starts very appropriately with Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich von Trapp in the film), before introducing the likes of Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Guy Sebastian, Shaynna Blaze (Selling Houses Australia), Ita Buttrose, Jessica Rowe, David Koch, Angela Bishop, Ryan Fitzgerald (Fitzy) and Ray Hadley, among others.
All up there’s 22 Aussie personalities singing with various degrees of ability, intercut with clips from the film and then joined by the Australian Girls Choir around halfway through. While the talent is varied, Fox says everyone in the video is a fan of the 1965 box office smash and five-time Academy Award-winning film.
“The video encapsulates the ongoing love and passion fans still have for the film after five decades,” Fox says in a media statement.
The YouTube clip comes just days before the golden anniversary of the film’s premier on 22nd April 2015. Fox says the day is marked by the release of a 4-disc 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition set that comes with its own porcelain teacup – no doubt perfect for an accompaniment of jam and bread.
“Beautifully restored, the 4-disc 50th Anniversary collection features over 15 hours of bonus content – including the all-new documentary “The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg,” detailing Dame Julie’s recent return to the magical city where she played her most iconic role (Maria),” Fox says.
The 50th anniversary of the film will also be celebrated with major stage productions of The Sound of Music in the US, Canada, and the UK, as well as in Australia later this year. While there’s no word on local cast yet, it’s pretty safe to say some of the singers in this video will be happy to just be in the audience next time around.