The Sound of Music – 28th, 29th & 30th March 2019

TheSoundofMusic_Flat_1Edelweiss_WEBFINALIn March 2019 we’re producing the heart-warming family classic musical ‘The Sound of Music’. The story of ‘Maria’, the youthful and enthusiastic woman studying to become a nun, who finds herself as a governess to the seven children of the stern and regimental Captain Von Trapp. Follow the loving story of Maria’s challenges as she comes to love the family and finds the warm and loving heart of the Captain.

A definite classic, you won’t be able to resist singing along to the score including the brilliant ‘my favorite things’, ‘Edleweiss’, ‘Sixteen going on seventeen’ and of course ‘doh-a-deer’.

Dates & times:

Thursday 28th March – 7.30pm
Friday 29th March – 7.30pm
Saturday 30th March – 2pm & 7.30pm


Tickets will be available from the Gladstone Theatre box office soon (0151 643 8757) and online shortly at


The Sound of Music final shortlist audition dates – 17th October

Congratulations to all of you shortlisted for final shortlisted auditions!

Final shortlisted auditions will be taking place on Wednesday 17th October at the Lever Club (upstairs) in Port Sunlight.

Children – 6-7pm

Adults – 7-8pm

Jane will be in touch with each of you over the weekend to discuss final casting and rehearsal schedule further.

If anyone can not make this date/time, please let Jane know when she contacts you at the weekend. Or you can email us

Here is a reminder of the shortlist:

  • MARIA / SISTER SOPHIA: Elenka Bennion, Katie Erich
  • CAPTAIN VON TRAPP / MAX: Gerry Johnston, Ian Tyrrell,Tony Lacey
  • ROLF: Joe Mears
  • LEISL: Cara Roberts, Kirsty Brennan
  • FREIDRICH: Charles Knowles, Dominic Williams
  • LOUISA: Gabrielle Ryan, Olivia Gardener
  • KURT: Jack Lally
  • BRIGITTA: Niamh Phelan, Sadie Putnam
  • MARTA: Amelia Rose Ratcliffe, Olivia Hanrahan
  • GRETL: Ava Smith
  • ELSA / SISTER MARGARETTA: Adele Riley, Marie Williams
  • MOTHER ABBESS / SISTER BERTHE: Margaret Jones, Phillipa Hipwell
  • SISTER BERTHE: See above
  • SISTER MARGARETTA: See above, Rebecca Patterson, Nest Anerin Jones
  • SISTER SOPHIA: Rachel Glynn-Williams, Rosie Bennett, Emily-Anne Loughead, Ellis Knox

Thank you and break a leg everyone 🙂

The Sound of Music auditions FINAL shortlist

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for the Sound of Music over the past two weekends.

You all did really well and have made the casting job very difficult for us all!
The following people have been shortlisted for roles in the production.


Final shortlist:

  • MARIA / SISTER SOPHIA: Elenka Bennion, Katie Erich
  • CAPTAIN VON TRAPP / MAX: Gerry Johnston, Ian Tyrrell,Tony Lacey
  • ROLF: Joe Mears
  • LEISL: Cara Roberts, Kirsty Brennan
  • FREIDRICH: Charles Knowles, Dominic Williams
  • LOUISA: Gabrielle Ryan, Olivia Gardener
  • KURT: Jack Lally
  • BRIGITTA: Niamh Phelan, Sadie Putnam
  • MARTA: Amelia Rose Ratcliffe, Olivia Hanrahan
  • GRETL: Ava Smith
  • ELSA / SISTER MARGARETTA: Adele Riley, Marie Williams
  • MOTHER ABBESS / SISTER BERTHE: Margaret Jones, Phillipa Hipwell
  • SISTER BERTHE: See above
  • SISTER MARGARETTA: See above, Rebecca Patterson, Nest Anerin Jones
  • SISTER SOPHIA: Rachel Glynn-Williams, Rosie Bennett, Emily-Anne Loughead, Ellis Knox

We will contact everyone on the shortlist directly, either by telephone and/or email and we will give you more details about further auditions, rehearsals and the show dates.
It may be that some adult performers have been shortlisted for two roles, including a different role from the one they have already auditioned for: We will let you know which role/s we think are most suitable for you and will invite you to a further audition if you would like to be considered for the new role. We are currently looking for suitable venues and times for the final shortlist auditions and will let you know the time and date of these as soon as possible.

And finally – We are very sorry to disappoint those of you who auditioned for main roles but were not shortlisted – the competition was strong!

However, we would be delighted if you would still like to be involved in the show… there are lots of chorus roles available for male and female performers and there are also other smaller speaking characters still to be cast.

We specifically need some young lady performers (minimum 5ft tall) to play the postulants and younger nuns at the Abbey and we also need male performers of all ages to play Herr Zeller, the German admiral, officials, guests at the ball and officers in Act 2.
Please let us know if you or your daughter would like to be considered for the female chorus roles or if you’d like to be considered for one of the male speaking roles.

Thank you!
Jane and Greg.

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

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.


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!