2018-19 Season Auditions

 

The Sound of Music

Music by RICHARD RODGERS

Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II

Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE

Suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp

Newnan Theatre Company is pleased to announce open auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. These auditions will be over a three-night period.

  • Sunday, January 6, 3-6pm will be auditions for ages 18 and under (or anyone who looks young enough to play the part of a child).

  • Monday, January 7, 7-9pm will be auditions for adults.

  • Tuesday, January 8, 7-9pm will be callbacks.

Tony Daniel is the director the show, Mary Caroline Moore is assistant director, Tammy Kimbell is musical director, and Emily Weiss is choreographer. Performance dates are May 9-12 and 16-19, 2019.

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical.  When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain.  Her growing rapport with the youngsters, couples with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry.  Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy.  The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.  The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.

Auditions will consist of singing, basic dance movements, and cold readings from the script. Children auditioning need to prepare 32 measures of a song from classical musical theatre such as The King and I or The Music Man. Adults auditioning need to prepare 32 measures from classical musical theatre as well. Please bring your accompaniment on a cd or mp3 file. 

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LEAD ADULT CHARACTERS:
Maria Rainer (strong classical soprano with a strong mix, dance, guitar preferred, 20-35) A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey – young, free spirited, warm, gentle and kind with much determination.

Captain Georg von Trapp (baritone, moves well, 35-45) A retired Austrian naval captain. Polished, organized, regimented; underneath, he is warm, understanding, and determined.

Max Detweiller (tenor/baritone, moves well, 30+) Charming and vital; a man of sophistication who enjoys the good life; true and loyal friend to the von Trapp family.

Elsa Schrader (mezzo soprano, moves well, 35-45) A baroness of taste and elegance, sophisticated, dignified and mature.

Mother Abbess (classically trained type soprano, wide vocal range, 40+, very strong actress)  Motherly, understanding, strong and authoritative, but kind.

FEATURED CHARACTERS:
Sister Berthe (alto, moves well) Mistress of Novices, prudish, straight laced with a quick tongue, she is less tolerant than other nuns.

Sister Margaretta (mezzo, moves well) Mistress of Postulants, very kind, understanding and concerned.

Sister Sophia (soprano, moves well) Neither demanding nor critical, sticks with the rules.

Franz (non-singing, 30+) The von Trapp butler, rather formal but not without spirit, he is very German and loyal to the Fascist cause.

Frau Schmidt (non-singing, 30+) The housekeeper, stoic, very little personality; she does her job efficiently but without affection. Strong and somewhat dominating.

Herr Zeller (non-singing, 40+)  Stern and unsmiling, a typical Nazi official whose primary concern is to see that everyone toes the line.

Rolf Gruber (low tenor, dance, 17) Suitor to Liesl, telegram delivery boy, later becomes a Nazi soldier. 

LEAD CHILDREN ROLES: Children should appear to be the age listed. 

Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, dance, 16) The oldest child, blossoming into a young lady with an interest in boys. She has a maternal edge to her and cares very deeply for her younger siblings.

Friedrich von Trapp (age 14)  Tough exterior, very much trying to be “the man” of the family.

Louisa von Trapp (age 13)  Rebellious attitude.

Kurt von Trapp (age 10, falsetto) Gentle and mischievous.

Brigitta von Trapp (age 9) Smart, reads a lot.

Marta von Trapp (age 7) Very sweet and gentle.

Gretl von Trapp (age 6) Must have the cute factor.

CHORUS:
5-10 male chorus members (16-60+ years) – Nazi soldiers, neighbors, Salzburg citizens and Georg’s friends (of naval background).

5-10 female chorus members (16-60+ years) – Salzburg citizens, new postulant, nuns, novices, postulants and contestants in the Festival Concert.


Auditions will be held at Newnan Theatre Company, 24 First Avenue, Newnan, Georgia. 

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Newnan Theatre Company does not charge production fees of any kind to any performer to take part in our productions. 

All roles are non-equity/non-paying.
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If you have questions about these auditions or any production please email NTC’s Artistic Director, Tony Daniel, at artistic-director@newnantheatre.org.