Theatre on the Bay announces auditions for its upcoming production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. This iconic musical, inspired by the true story of the Von Trapp family, will be the first show of TOB’s 47th season. The Sound of Music will be directed by John Thornberry, with musical direction by Jay Jensen and choreography by Heather Olsen.
Auditions will be held at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre at UW-Marinette on the following dates:
Sunday, May 5 – 1 pm to 5 pm
Leads and all adult speaking roles
· Must prepare a monologue of 1-2 minutes.
· Must prepare 16-32 bars of a song from a musical other than The Sound of Music.
Monday, May 6 – 6 pm to 9 pm
Non-speaking male and female ensemble
Tuesday, May 7 – 6 pm to 9 pm
Youth and children’s roles (includes all von Trapp children)
· Will preferably prepare a short monologue.
· Will preferably prepare a short song from something other than The Sound of Music.
Friday, May 10 – 7 pm to 9 pm
May 5, 6 and 7 auditions are by appointment. Please contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment time. Also, please send alternative times in the event that the time you want has already been taken. Times will be confirmed via e-mail on a first-come basis.
We will make every effort to see anyone who wishes to audition, but cannot guarantee that walk-in auditionees will be seen. Those who can make appointments are guaranteed time to audition. Walk-ins will be seen only if there are openings in the audition schedule.
The May 10 choreography audition is mandatory for all speaking roles, including children, unless noted below. Those interested in the nuns’ chorus or non-speaking ensemble roles may or may not be asked on an individual basis to attend on May 10.
A breakdown of available roles follows, with more details. Rehearsals begin on May 28. The show will open on July 18, and close on July 28.
LEAD ADULT CHARACTERS
Maria Rainer (soprano, dance, 20-35)
A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey. Free spirited, warm, gentle and kind, with much determination.
Captain Georg von Trapp (baritone, moves well, 40-60)
A widower and retired Austrian naval captain. Warm, understanding, and determined underneath a polished, military exterior.
Max Detweiller (tenor/baritone, moves well, 30+)
A man of sophistication who enjoys the good life. A true and loyal friend to the von Trapp family. Charming and vital.
Elsa Schrader (alto/mezzo soprano, moves well, 35-50)
A baroness of taste and elegance. Sophisticated, dignified and mature. Sympathetic to the Nazi movement.
Mother Abbess (legit soprano, 40+) – NO CHOREOGRAPHY
The head of Nonnberg Abbey. Motherly, understanding, strong and authoritative.
VON TRAPP CHILDREN
Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, dance, 15-18)
Blossoming into a young lady with an interest in boys. Cares very deeply for her younger siblings.
Friedrich von Trapp (dance, 13-15)
Tough exterior. Trying to be “the man” of the family.
Louisa von Trapp (mezzo, dance, 12-14)
Kurt von Trapp (falsetto, dance, 8-12)
Gentle and mischievous.
Brigitta von Trapp (mezzo, dance, 8-10)
Smart, reads a lot.
Marta von Trapp (mezzo, dance, 6-9)
Very sweet and gentle.
Gretl von Trapp (mezzo, dance, 4-6)
Honest, innocent, lives in the moment like all young, unspoiled children.
Sister Berthe (alto, moves well, 40+) – NO CHOREOGRAPHY
Mistress of Novices. Prudish, straightlaced. Less tolerant than other nuns.
Sister Margaretta (mezzo, moves well, 40+) – NO CHOREOGRAPHY
Mistress of Postulants. Very kind, understanding and concerned.
Sister Sophia (soprano, moves well, 40+) – NO CHOREOGRAPHY
Neither demanding nor critical, sticks with the rules.
Franz (non-singing, 30+) – NO CHOREOGRAPHY
The von Trapp butler, rather formal but not without spirit. Very German and loyal to the Nazi cause.
Frau Schmidt (non-singing, 30+) – NO CHOREOGRAPHY
The von Trapp housekeeper. Stoic and efficient.
Herr Zeller (non-singing, 40+) – NO CHOREOGRAPHY
An Austrian national who becomes a Nazi official.
Rolf Gruber (low tenor, dance, 16-20)
Telegram delivery boy, later a Nazi soldier. Suitor to Liesl.
Admiral von Schreiber (non-singing, 40+) – NO CHOREOGRAPHY
Austrian naval officer, now part of the Nazi German navy
5-10 male and 5-10 female (16-60+ years)
Salzburg citizens, nuns, Nazi soldiers, Georg’s military friends, contestants in the Festival Concert