The Sound of Music

Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

We are seeking talented and enthusiastic performers to light up our stage for Porirua Little Theatre’s 2020 Production of The Sound of Music. Expressions of interest are invited for the adult cast from ages 16+, and for up to 12 junior cast members to play ages from 5 – 14 years.

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Audition information

Audition pack including the audition form [DOCX, 366KB]

  • Please fill out the form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or print off and bring along to your audition.
  • All auditions are by appointment. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
  • Please prepare 20 bars of any music (an up-tempo song or a ballad).
  • A speaker with 3.5mm AUX input is available for those providing their own backing track. Any recordings must be instrumental only.  Your music does not need to be from the musical however if auditioning for a principal or specific supporting role we encourage you to sing in the style of your character.
  • Please advise if a pianist is required for your audition as this will affect your audition time.
  • All auditionees must first pass a singing audition. If successful you will be invited to attend the dance/movement audition at 3pm the same afternoon for a 30 min session to assess your movement abilities.
  • Those requesting a speaking role will be asked to read small excerpts of the script.
  • Those auditioning for principal and supporting roles will have an acting audition and call backs may be required. Some of these may be group auditions.
  • Please wear comfortable warm clothing and a drink and don’t forget you need to warm up your voice and your limbs before the audition. 
  • You must check your availability for all rehearsals and performances.

We want you to audition well so practice beforehand, be on time and give it your best shot. Theatre is all about having fun so show us what you can do with a positive attitude and a fantastic smile. 

Audition dates

Saturday 18 July 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 19 July 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday 21 July Callbacks 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (by invitation)
Saturday 25 July Callbacks 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (by invitation)

Audition location

Dogs NZ, 11 Prosser St, Elsdon, Porirua (upstairs)

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be in Titahi Bay, beginning with a pre-rehearsal session on Wednesday 5 August at 7:00pm. The general rehearsal schedule is 7:00 to 9:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 1:00 to 5:00 pm Sundays.  Some Thursday rehearsals may be changed to Wednesdays due to venue availability.

We rehearse 3 times per week but cast members will be called only when they are needed. Additional rehearsals, including full weekend days, will be called throughout Production Days (17 -27 October).

Performances

The season is 16 performances, 28 October to 14 November 2020 at 11 Prosser St, Porirua. Evening shows will be at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2pm and Sunday matinees at 4pm.

Date Day Shows
28 October Wednesday 1 Gala
29 October Thursday 1
30 October Friday 1
31 October Saturday 2
1 November Sunday Rest
2 November Monday Rest
3 November Tuesday Rest
4 November Wednesday 1
5 November Thursday 1
6 November Friday 1
7 November Saturday 2
8 November Sunday 1
9 November Monday Rest
10 November Tuesday Rest
11 November Wednesday 1
12 November Thursday 1
13 November Friday 1
14 November Saturday 2
15 November Sunday Packout

Characters

  • There are principal/featured roles for 7 women, 5 men and 7 young people, plus an Ensemble.
  • The younger Von Trap children will be double cast and swapped on alternate nights.
  • We are looking for a diverse talented cast and there will be no ethnic preference given to casting.
  • Descriptions mentioned below refer to the perceived stage age and gender; not necessarily that of the performer.
  • Maria and the Captain will have performing understudies.

Principal roles

Maria Rainer (musical theatre mix/soprano, dance, 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 and military in the way he runs his life to repress his sadness over the death of his wife. Underneath, he is warm, understanding, and determined.

Max Detweiller (tenor/baritone, moves well, 30+)
A theatrical agent and First Secretary of Education and Culture – a personal friend of Von Trapp and a sort of uncle to his children. He is clever at his job, charming, witty, and quite pushy to get what he wants. He has a humorous personality. He enjoys the good life. A true and loyal friend to the von Trapp family.

Elsa Schrader (mezzo soprano, moves well, 35-45)
A very wealthy widow, who is president of her late husband’s corporation. Elegant, sophisticated city person. Clever and canny, she has begun a flirtation with Captain Von Trapp. She is very much into making a good social arrangement

Mother Abbess (legit soprano, wide vocal range, 40+, very strong actress)
The Mother Abbess is an inspirational leader for all the nuns at the Abby. She is a true, big-hearted mother figure, loved, adored and respected. She is understanding, strong and authoritative, but kind.

Children’s roles

All children must be able to express a range of emotions from serious to animated and excitable.

Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, dance, 16)
The oldest child, blossoming into a young lady with an interest in boys. She is innocent, naïve, coy, flirtatious, headstrong and infatuated with Rolf. She is pretty but unsophisticated and tends to think everything is wonderful. She has a maternal edge and cares very deeply and lovingly for her younger siblings.

Friedrich von Trapp (age 14)
Very proud to be a boy. He has a tough exterior and is trying to be “the man” of the family; desperately needs his father.

Louisa von Trapp (age 13)
Rebellious attitude, clever and full of mischief. She is the master of pranks and enjoys pulling them on others. She is quite a tomboy, has a rebellious attitude, and misses her mother a great deal.

Kurt von Trapp (age 10, falsetto)
He wants to be 11 and introduces himself as “11-almost”. He is the second boy and the middle of the children. He often tries to act manly and is outspoken against the previous governesses. He is gentle and a peacemaker.

Brigitta von Trapp (age 9)
She is smart as a whip, very perceptive and always tells the truth whether you like it or not. She’s an avid reader and suspicious of “Uncle Max”.

Marta von Trapp (age 7)
She is one of the quietest Von Trapps. She loves the color pink and is very inquisitive.

Gretl von Trapp (age 5)
She is the youngest Von Trapp. She is very quiet when first introduced by her father. She is sweet, loving and wants attention; cute and endearing.

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 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 Nazi soldier. A very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way.

Chorus

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

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

Production team

Director Robert Ormsby

Musical Director Jen Church

Set Design Anna Lowe

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