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June 16, 2009

Applause from fans of five actors famous for their roles more
than 45 years ago in 'The Sound of Music.'

Five of the seven children who played the von Trapp kids in that
Oscar-winning movie are in Vermont for a series of private ceremonies
honoring the real family that inspired their characters. They talked to
guests at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe about what they're doing now,
ranging from running small businesses to raising money for cancer research,
even the occasional acting gig.

The movie fans loved hearing that those really were the actors singing
voices on screen. We talked to the group about their memorable roles and
their connection to the von Trapps.

'Absolutely they were real people,' said Duane Chase, who played Kurt. 'If
you ever have a chance to come here, there's an amazing amount of history.'

'I'm so glad we could come here and share their lodge with them and be part
of their lives,' said Angela Cartwright, who played Brigitta.

'Sound of Music was my fourth movie,' said Kym Karath, who played Gretl. 'I
started when I was three and continued acting throughout the years but
nothing really compares to the Sound of Music. It's not just a movie. It
connects to so much culturally.'

Debbie Turner, who played Marta, said, ''My Favorite Things'? Who would have
thought that would be a Christmas song forever?'

'We are all very good friends. We're a family, separate from our own
families,' said Heather Menzies Urich, who played Louisa. 'Yeah and I think
that's part of the casting. Robert Wise wanted to find kids that looked like
they were a real family.'

The actors will be unveiling a plaque Wednesday dedicated to the von Trapp
family, but that event is only open to VIPs and guests of the lodge.

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