The Hills Are Alive... Again
updated 07/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT
For the record, Justin and his sisters, including Amanda, 14, are indeed the great-grandchildren of Capt. Georg von Trapp and Maria, the governess who became his second wife (played in the classic film by Christopher Plummer and Andrews). The family fled from Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938, resettling in Stowe, Vt. Today their descendants are living up to the illustrious surname. Raised and home-schooled in Somers, Mont., by parents Annie, 46, a baker, and Stefan, 47, a stonemason (whose father, Werner, now 91, is one of the three surviving original children), the new von Trapp kids earned more than $1 million last year from their concerts and CD sales and are now prepping for their big-screen debut in a Christmas movie due out next year. Their first experience acting was in a stage production of—what else—The Sound of Music. In the movie, though, "we play ourselves," says Melanie. "It's going to be fun."