Laura is not Maria in the new West End production of The Sound of Music at The London Palladium - she was the first to be voted off the BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? programme on Saturday 12 August 2006.
Laura Sicurello is 26 years and lives in Milton Keynes. For the past nine years she has been a Police Intelligence Officer. She had two years of singing lessons and one year of dance training when she was younger since when Laura has had no training other than singing in her Milton Keynes Amateur Operatic Society from the age of eight. Laura has an older sister.
Even is she does not win the part of Maria in The Sound of Music, Laura is now, having been through this far in the How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, seriously thinking about having a major career change to pursue a musical theatre career.
Regarding her similarities with Maria from The Sound of Music, Laura says: "I am an honest, fair person with a lot of spirit and I love children," adding "I would give 110% commitment in rehearsals and performances. I feel I would make a believable Maria - someone the public could relate to."
12 August 2006: For the first of the BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? 'knock-out' shows Laura sung the Natalie Imbruglia song 'Torn' - in the public phone vote Laura came second from the bottom so she had to sing again with Helena who come bottom of the voting. They sung a joint rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber's song 'No Matter What' from the musical Whistle Down the Wind. Afterwards Webber said that he wanted to keep Helena in the competition, so Laura had to say goodbye. Laura then lead the others in a rendition of 'So Long, Farewell' from The Sound of Music. After the show Laura said:: "I'd like to thank everybody for giving me this chance. I loved every minute of it and I wish all the other girls the best of luck. I'm really happy with the song I had and what I did with it tonight and I can go home with my head held high. I've never done anything like this before and I think I've done myself proud.".