11/12/13 12:30pm
11/12/2013 12:30 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Ella Watts-Gorman, 13, stars as Louisa von Trapp in NBC's production of "The Sound of Music, Live!" airing Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Ella Watts-Gorman poses for a picture with her dog, Sach. Ella stars as Louisa von Trapp in NBC’s production of “The Sound of Music, Live!” airing Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

Southold native and McGann-Mercy student Ella Watts-Gorman, 13, will make her television debut next month when she stars as Louisa von Trapp in NBC’s production of “The Sound of Music, Live!” airing Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

Starring country singer Carrie Underwood as Maria and “True Blood” actor Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg von Trapp, “The Sound of Music, Live!” is a three-hour presentation based on the Broadway version of the timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

An 8th grader at Bishop McGann-Mercy, Ella is no stranger to the stage. Her first starring role came at just six years old, when she played Dorothy in an Islip Arts Center production of “The Wizard of Oz.” In 2011, she played the title role in Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre’s production of “Annie.”

“It’s so much fun,” Ella says of her newest role as Louisa, the mischievous third von Trapp child in “The Sound of Music.”

“I don’t want it to end. It has, so far, been the best experience of my life,” she says.

To read more about Ella and “The Sound of Music, Live!”, pick up a copy of this Thursday’s Riverhead News-Review or Suffolk Times.

ryoung@timesreview.com