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Sound of Music actress to speak before performance

Actress Debbie Turner-Larson, who played Marta in the 1965 movie "The Sound of Music," will give a presentation before the curtain opens at three performances. (Submitted photo)

Before the curtain opens at three of Northern Light Opera Company's "The Sound of Music" performances, actress Debbie Turner-Larson, who played Marta in the 1965 movie, will give a 45-minute presentation.

She will share her behind-the-scenes experiences when filming "The Sound of Music."

Audience members attending the July 27, 28, and 29 performances are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. to meet Turner-Larson.

Turner-Larson was 7 years old when she was cast as adorable Marta von Trapp, the second youngest von Trapp daughter in the film "The Sound of Music."

"Little did we know that over four decades this movie would still be playing for audiences of new generations and that we would still share the chemistry and friendship that brought us together so many years ago. I consider my film sisters and brothers my 'other family'" said Turner-Larson.

She grew up in Arcadia, Los Angeles, Calif. and now makes her home in Chanhassen. She started a floral design company in 1989, calling it Debbie Turner Originals, and was selected as "Preferred Florist" for the Republican National Convention in 2008.

Turner-Larson is no stranger to the Park Rapids area. She and her husband and family have been coming to the area since the late 1970s, to visit her husband's aunt and uncle, and family, Paul and Pat Dove, and their kids, Lisa and Erik.  

She has spent time on Island Lake kayaking, water-skiing and taking part in what the Park Rapids area has to offer.

Turner-Larson and the six other actors who portrayed the von Trapp children in the movie have just released a book they wrote, "The Sound Of Music Family Scrapbook" working with author, Fred Bronson, which is a coffee table- styled book, complete with each actor's individual stories, facsimiles of their memorabilia, a DVD of never-before-seen home movies their parents took and over 150 personal photographs from their collections.

At the July performances, Turner-Larson will also be doing a book signing. Early orders may be placed by going to:

In the "Instructions" put "Northern Opera" and Turner-Larson will know that this is for the NLOC event.

NLOC will also be raffling a 10-piece set of Madame Alexander "Sound of Music" dolls. Tickets may be purchased during ticket sales at Beagle Books from board members, and at the performances.

This activity is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the MN State Legislature and the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund passed by MN voters on Nov. 4, 2008.