The Sound of Music Auditions – September 16th and 23rd 2018

***UPDATE*** Auditions for Sister Berthe, Sister Margaretta, Sister Sophia, Max, Elsa and Mother Abess are now being held on Sunday 23rd September at 2pm (Same location).

We’re auditioning for our March 2019 production of ‘The Sound of Music’!SOM_auditions

When and where is the show?

Thursday 28th (evening), Friday 29th (evening) and Saturday 30th (matinee and evening) March 2019 at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight.

When will rehearsals be?

Rehearsals will begin 2nd January for principles and 7th January for chorus. There will be 2-3 rehearsals per week (Mon, Wed and Fri) with additional Sundays closer to the show.

How do I audition?

If you’re interested in auditioning for a character or being in the chorus, please enter your details into the form below.

Once you’ve entered your details we will add you to our list for the audition day 🙂

(More details about the auditions/characters are further down this page).

 

 

If you have any trouble with this form please email us portsunlightplayers1@gmail.com

When and where are the auditions?

Auditions for all parts will be held on Sunday 16th September 2018 2-5pm at the Methodist Church on Bromborough Road, Bebington (opposite Sunlight bar and restaurant). Auditionees will be shortlisted and call backs will then be on Sunday 23rd September.

Audition pieces information

Audition pieces will be given out on Sunday 16th with time to read through and rehearse prior to auditions. Please have a listen to the songs on youtube if you don’t already know them 🙂

Character audition information

Please note there will be two casts of children who will perform two shows each.

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Character information

  • Maria Rainer (soprano/mezzo, some dance, early-mid 20’s)
    A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey. She is young, free spirited, warm and kind. She is from the Austrian countryside, an orphan, who has used her resourcefulness, intelligence and inner confidence to overcome the difficulties of her early life. There is a part of her that wants sheltering from the uncertainties of the outside world as well, and that, coupled with her absolute faith in God’s will, is what has led her to seek life as a nun. The actor who plays Maria must have versatility, a powerful voice, great sense of natural humor, ability to move well.
  • Mother Abbess (powerful soprano, wide vocal range, 45-70, strong actress)
    Motherly, understanding, authoritative, she is Maria’s guiding light. Her years have brought her wisdom, patience and inner confidence.
  • Sister Berthe (alto) Mistress of Novices (30-60)
    She is the most critical nun, finding all the faults in Maria’s conduct, and may be a little pompous.
  • Sister Margaretta (mezzo) Mistress of Postulants (30-60)
    She has a good sense of humor, and so appreciates what is humorous in Maria’s conduct.
  • Sister Sophia (soprano) (30-60)
    She is more inclined to notice the positive aspects of Maria’s conduct. All three are frustrated with Maria’s inability to settle into the lifestyle of the Abbey.
  • Franz (non-singing, 40+, strong actor)
    The von Trapp butler, formerly the Captain’s orderly on shipboard; formal, but not without spirit; his loyalties move very swiftly to the Fascist cause.
  • Frau Schmidt (non-singing, 40+, strong actor)
    The housekeeper, rather stoic, but with a guarded sense of humor; she knows how to run the household as the Captain wishes it.
  • Captain Georg von Trapp (baritone, moves well, 35-45)
    A retired Austrian naval captain. Educated, polished, and military in the way he runs his life, his home and his children’s lives. The father of seven, ranging in age from six to sixteen, he is a widower. When we meet him he is still in mourning over the death of his wife; his unconscious defence has been to push his children away and remove himself from the home that reminds him too much of what he has lost, resulting in a cool, detached exterior; underneath, he is warm, understanding, and as much in need of love himself as are his children.

The Children

  • Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, strong dancer, 16)
    The oldest child, blossoming into a woman, and smitten by Rolf. She also has a maternal edge and cares deeply for her younger siblings. Initially she thinks herself too old to need a governess; she discovers otherwise.
  • Friedrich von Trapp – age 14
    Proud to be “the oldest boy” in this family of mostly girls, and an often-absent father.
  • Louisa von Trapp – age 13
    The trickster of the family, kind but full of mischief.
  • Kurt von Trapp – age 10
    Gentle and a peacemaker. He dances the Laendler with Maria at the ball.
  • Brigitta von Trapp – age 9
    Smart, reads a lot, always tells the truth, even when it may be inappropriate.
  • Marta von Trapp – age 7
    Very much the little princess; pink is her favorite colour.
  • Gretl von Trapp – age 6
    Very cute, just wants to be loved.

 

  • Max Detweiller (baritone, 40’s-50s)
    Charming and sophisticated, enjoys the good life, which he can’t afford, so he avails himself of the Captain’s hospitality at every opportunity. He is practical and sees the coming of Nazism as unavoidable which brings him into conflict with the Captain. Ultimately, he proves to be a true and loyal friend to the family.
  • Elsa Schrader (mezzo, moves well, 35-40)
    A baroness of taste and elegance; she is sophisticated and worldly. Like Max, she will find a way to accommodate the coming Anschluss. She tolerates the children, but would prefer to send them off to boarding school, so that she and the Captain could spend more time in Vienna. She loves the Captain in a measured way; he represents good social standing and a continuation of the comfortable, luxurious lifestyle she enjoys.
  • Rolf Gruber (tenor, ideally a strong dancer or very good mover, 17)
    Rolf is a telegraph delivery boy on bicycle, and is later drawn into the Nazi youth movement. He and Liesl look for every opportunity to see one another.
  • Herr Zeller (non-singing, 40+, strong actor)
    A Bureaucratic neighbour who becomes an early Nazi official in Austria. He is critical of the Captain’s loyalties to the old Austria, and ultimately, as an official of the Third Reich, leads the move to take the Captain into Nazi naval service at the end of the show; He is hard-nosed and inflexible.
  • Admiral Von Schreiber (non-singing, 40+, strong actor)
    The Admiral of the Navy of the Third Reich. He arrives in Act 2 to escort the Captain to his forced commission. He is more flexible and accommodating than Zeller.
  • Men and Women Ensemble/chorus members (16-60+ years)
    Roles include; nuns, monks, priests, novices, postulants, guests at the Captain’s party, Salzburg citizens, and Contestants/performers in the Festival Concert which takes place at the end of Act 2.

If you’re interested in auditioning for any of these parts, please complete your details on the contact form above so we can add you to our audition list 🙂

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