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

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 🙂

‘The Vicar of Dibley’ Auditions – 25th June 2018

We’re holding auditions for our Christmas play, ‘The Vicar of Dibley – The second coming’. More details about the play can be found by clicking here.

Audition pieces will be available on the night, but if you want to prepare, you can watch the TV episode as it is mostly based around the Christmas special.

Where: Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight.

When: Monday 25th June 2018 at 7:30pm

List of characters:

The Reverend Geraldine Granger (The Vicar) – A jolly down to earth female vicar. Principle role who is on stage for majority of the play.

Alice Horton (nee Tinker) – The blonde, scatter-brained, dim-witted but hugely lovable verger and best friend to Geraldine. Recently married to Hugo. Principle role.

Hugo Horton – A sweet natured, childlike man, also dim-witted but kind husband to Alice and son of David. Principle role.

David Horton – The stately and slightly pompous chairman of the village parish. Rigid and old-fashioned, he is the only other sane character in the village apart from the vicar! Principle role.

Frank Pickle – The dull but friendly parish secretary. Dubbed the most boring man in Britain! Principle role.

Owen Newitt – Local farmer and parish council member. A man with extremely poor personal hygiene and a huge crush on the vicar! Principle role.

Jim Trott – Is he a parish council member?… No no no no YES! An idiosyncratic but lovable character, also with a small crush on the vicar!

Mrs Cropley – Parish Council member and church organist. An unusual talent for “baking”. Principle role.

Vet – 6 lines in final scene

Woman in audience (one line) – only required for final scene and will be planted in the audience. No audition required, please get in touch if you are interested in this part.

Choir – we need a choir for the show to sing some Christmas Carols. If you’re interested in coming in the show to sing some festive songs, there’s no need to audition, but please get in touch to let us know you’re interested.

We look forward to seeing you there 🙂

‘The Vicar of Dibley – The second coming’ Christmas special- 6th – 8th December 2018

Following on from the well received first Vicar of Dibley play some years ago, we’re thrilled to announce that this Christmas we are performing the sequel and Christmas special of the Vicar of Dibley!

The play follows some of the main themes of the classic TV episodes, featuring the vicar’s multiple Christmas dinners, and of course Alice’s spectacular scene… giving birth in a stable!

All of your favourite well-loved characters return to the stage this Christmas for what promises to be a fantastically festive and belly-laughing production.

Performances are at the Gladstone Theatre Port Sunlight on:

Thursday 6th December 2018 at 7:30pm
Friday 7th December 2018 at 7:30pm
Saturday 8th December 2018 at 7:30pm

Tickets are £10 and £8 concessions and will available online soon.

Audition details can be found here.

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Auditions, 31st January 2018

We’re auditioning for our summer play ‘The Importance of a being Earnest’, a farcical comedy by Oscar Wilde.

Auditions are at 7pm on Wednesday 31st January at the Lever Club, Port Sunlight (upstairs in the bar room to the right).

Roles to be cast are as follows (click on names for more character info):

Algernon Moncrieff (male)

John (Jack) / “Ernest” Worthing J.P. (Male)

Gwendolen Fairfax (female)

Cecily Cardew (female)

Lady Augusta Bracknell (female)

Miss Prism (female)

Reverend Canon Chasuble D.D (male)

Lane (male)

Merriman (male)

Audition pieces will be available to read through on the night. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions 🙂

Also if you would like to audition but are not able to get come along on 31st, please get in touch and let us know.

Performance dates are 21st-23rd June 2018 at the Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight.

My fair lady rehersals

Firstly congratulations to all of those who were cast in the principle roles!

Rehearsals for ‘My Fair Lady’ will start on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 7pm at the Lever Club in Port Sunlight.

The show is open to all so even if you’re not currently a member of the Port Sunlight Players, or would like to come and see what we are all about, you’ll be very welcome to come into the chorus so come along on the 3rd Jan.

Smaller parts are still to be cast and will be done so during rehearsals.

If anybody is interested in helping backstage with make up, costumes, props or even tea making please get in touch 🙂

Not info about the show can be found by clicking here

We look forward to seeing you all for what promises to be a fabulous show!

My Fair Lady – March 21st – 24th 2018

MyFairLadyIn this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins takes it upon himself to transform cockney working-class girl Eliza Doolittle into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond — one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor.

Featuring a fantastic musical score including ‘Wouldn’t it be loverly’, ‘The rain in Spain’, ‘I could of danced all night’ and ‘Get me to the church on time’.

The show is running from Wednesday 21st March – Saturday 24th March at 7.30pm at the Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight.

Tickets are £15 and £10 concessions and can be bought from the box office at the theatre or online here.

Come along for an unforgettable production of this classic favourite musical!

My Fair Lady workshop and auditions

We’re holding a workshop for anyone thinking of auditioning for a principle part in ‘My Fair Lady’, for you to come along, hear the music and sing through the songs with our Musical Director.

The workshop will be on Monday 2nd October starting at 6:30pm at the Lever club in Port Sunlight. We have time slots for each character as follows:

Freddy    6.30 – 7.00
Eliza       7.00 – 7.45
Higgins   7.45 – 8 15
Doolittle  8.15 – 8.40
Pickering    8.40-9.00

Auditions for principle parts are being held on Sunday 8th October at the Gladstone Theatre, starting at 2pm and will run in the following order:

Eliza
Higgins
Doolittle
Pickering
Freddy

Here are the audition songs which each character will need to sing:

Higgins No 5 Bars 14 – 78 I’m an Ordinary Man
  No 26 Bars 16 – 39 I’ve Grown Accustomed to her face
       
       
Eliza No 3 Bars 20-56 Wouldn’t it be Lovely
  No 7 Beginning to bar 18 Just you wait
  No 10 Beginning to bar 45 I could have danced all night
  No 25 Bars 17-50 Without you
       
       
Doolittle No 4 Beginning to bar before D With a little bit of luck
  No 22 Bar 12- 72 Get me to the church
       
       
Pickering No 19 Bars 43 – 92 You did it
       
Freddy No 13 Bars 27-90 On the street where you live
     

Auditions are for these parts only – anyone is welcome to join the chorus 🙂 Just keep your eye out for the date of the first rehearsal and come along!

Alice in Wunderland AUDITIONS – 4th September 2017

Auditions for our December show ‘Alice in Wunderland’ will e held on Monday 4th September at 7pm at the Lever club, Port Sunlight. There will be a read through of the script for approx. 45 mins so you can get to know the characters, followed by auditions for the principle roles.

If you are interested in a singing part please bring along a song of your choice to sing.

Rehearsals for the show will begin Monday 11th September at the Lever Club and will be mostly Mondays and Wednesdays so please check that you are available on these nights before auditioning . We understand there may be the odd rehearsal you can’t attend, however you will be expected to come to most rehearsals.

The show is on at the Gladstone Theatre from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th December and you can see more details about the show here: Alice in Wunderland. 8th – 10th December 2017

We hope to see you all there!