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Connie to tour in Sound of Music

Connie Fisher
Connie Fisher won the part of Maria in 2006

Connie Fisher is to rejoin the Sound of Music stage show as it embarks on a national tour.

The 25-year-old won the part in the West End production in the BBC talent show How Do You Solve Problem Like Maria? in 2006.

The former call centre worker from Pembrokeshire will open with the musical at Cardiff's Millennium Centre next August.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber production will then tour theatres around the UK.

Fisher said: "It's nice to be coming home to start the tour so I'm really excited about that."

Since leaving the musical in 2007, to be replaced by Summer Strallen, Fisher has recorded an album and will soon be seen in ITV drama Caught in a Trap.

Let's be realistic about what people are going to be able to pay
Co-producer David Ian

"I've learnt so much (in the last two years)," Fisher said.

"I've had a different experience of musical styles and I'm much more confident on stage."

Soon after starting as Maria in the Sound of Music at the London Palladium, Fisher was told to cut down the number of shows she performed each week on the advice of doctors.

She also had to take a fortnight off after damaging her vocal cords.

The poor economic climate has been considered in setting ticket prices, according to the show's co-producer, David Ian.

"Let's be realistic about what people are going to be able to pay," he said.

"We've really looked at the cost and the ticket base. In the West End tonight, it will be 55 a ticket but in Wales we will be able to do that for a 40 top ticket.

"I think it is important to work in discounts for family."

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