In the early 1960's, I remember seeing a short movie about the Von Trapp Family Singers. It was more like a Newsreel production shown before the main movie in the theater, and yet, even as a child, I felt quite a connection to their story. They were a singing family, and so was mine. My mother had us singing all over the place, any time.
I knew about the Broadway Musical "The Sound of Music" popular from 1960. My mother made sure we sang some of the songs. But then in 1965, a friend of my Aunt Dot's was directing a stage production of "The Sound of Music" while we were visiting Provo for the summer. My mother marched me over to audition. I got the part of Marta, the 7 year old. I was actually 9 that summer, but that didn't seem to matter. My mother and my aunt were cast as nuns.