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Last Updated: Friday February 01 2008 09:54 GMT

Hollyoaks star is secret 'Maria'

Summer Strachan (left) and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Connie Fisher

An actress from Hollyoaks is the subject of a showbiz stunt - in real life she's going to play the new Maria in The Sound of Music in the West End.

Summer Strallen has been playing Summer Shaw in the TV show since October.

Viewers have watched her character desperately trying to make her dream of being a theatre star come true.

But in real life, Summer was actually given the role in The Sound Of Music six months ago by top theatre man Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

In Hollyoaks, Summer dreams of stardom and eventually gets to audition for Andrew Lloyd Webber, who was behind the stunt.

Connie Fisher
Connie won her part on TV
He said he thought it was an unusual idea to mix a soap story with real-life: "I thought 'Do you know what? It's never been done before and it's funny'."

Hollyoaks viewers will watch Summer rehearse until 26 February when she leaves the soap and takes to the stage.

Summer will replace Connie Fisher who won the role on a TV talent show.

Connie is moving on to do a TV drama after two years in the musical.

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