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AUDITION INFORMATION

The Sound of Music Auditions

Adult Auditions:

Monday, March 11 at 7PM (music and dance)

This includes people interested in Liesl and Rolf.

People only interested in Franz or Frau Schmidt only need to attend on March 12 at 7PM.

Tuesday, March 12th at 7PM (call backs)

This night will be reserved for call-backs plus those only interested in Franz and Frau Schmidt. This night will consist of cold readings from the script. 

Sunday, March 17 - Children Auditions at 11am and 1pm.

Call backs will be later in the day at 3pm.

Please sign up for a time slot HERE (Children's Auditions Only)

Performance dates: May 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 2024

This show takes place in our Outdoor Greek Theatre. Auditions and rehearsals will take place inside our pavilion at 400 Lon Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills. We will move rehearal outside when the weather starts getting warmer.

For any additional information, feel free to reach out to

Producer, Katie Kezelian at k.kezelian@gmail.com

Director: Jeff Davison

Music Director: Matt Horn

Choreographer: Angela VanKempen

Producer: Katie Kezelian

The Sound of Music Character Descriptions

Note: age to be played does not mean you need to be that age

Maria Rainer

Soprano

A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey – Maria is a headstrong, free-spirited, young

woman. She is spunky, opinionated, warm, resourceful, youthful, gentle, kind and

with much determination.

Age to be played as: 20-30

Vocal range: B5 to C4

Vocal Technique: Belting, Yodeling, Legit

Dancing: Good dancing skills

 

Captain Georg von Trapp

Bass-Baritone

A retired Austrian naval captain. He is a widower. He’s polished, yet very military

in the way he runs his life; underneath, he is warm, understanding and

determined. Regimented, dignified, commanding, manly, polished, noble,

intelligent.

Age to be played as: 35-40+

Vocal range: D5 to F#2/Gb2

Dancing: Good dancing skills

 

Max Detweiler

Tenor

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 and those that live the good life.

Age to be played as: 40-50

Vocal range: F4 to D3

Vocal Technique: Legit

Dancing: Good dancing skills

 

Baroness Elsa Schraeder

Mezzo-Spprano

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.

Age to be played as: 30-45

Vocal range: F5 to D4

Dancing: Good dancing skills

 

The Mother Abess

Soprano

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 has a bit of

hidden spunk.

Age to be played as: 40+

Vocal range: G#5/Ab 5 to B3

Dancing: Must be able to move

 

 

Liesl Von Tropp

Mezzo Soprano

At age 16, Liesl is the eldest of the Von Trapp siblings. 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 to her and

cares very deeply and lovingly for her younger siblings.

Age to be played as: 16

Vocal range: E5 to B3

Dancing: Good dancing skills

  

Friedrich Von Trapp

Tenor

Frederich is 14 and is proud to be a boy. He has a tough exterior and is very

much trying to be “the man” of the family; desperately needs his father.

Age to be played as: 14

Vocal range: G5 to C4

Dancing: Must be able to move

 

Louisa Von Trapp

Mezzo Soprano

Louisa is 13, 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.

Age to be played as: 13

Vocal range: G5 to C4

Dancing: Must be able to move

 

Kurt Von Trapp

Countertenor/falsetto

Kurt is 10. 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.

Age to be played as: 10

Vocal range: G5 to C4

Vocal Technique: Falsetto, Yodeling, Legit

Dancing: Must be able to move

  

Brigitta Von Trapp

Mezzo Soprano

Brigitta is 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”.

Age to be played as: 9

Vocal range: G5 to C4

Dancing: Must be able to move

 

Marta Von Trapp

Mezzo Soprano

Marta is 7. She is one of the quietest Von Trapps. She loves the color pink, is very

inquisitive, smart and gentle.

Age to be played as: 7

Vocal range: G5 to C4

Dancing: Must be able to move

 

Gretl Von Trapp

Mezzo Soprano

Gretl is 5. She is the youngest Von Trapp. She is very quiet when first introduced

by her father. She is sweet, loving and wants attention. She must have the cute,

adorable and endearing factor.

Age to be played as: 5

Vocal range: G5 to C4

Dancing: Must be able to move,

 

Rolf Gruber

Baritone

Rolf is 17 and is the telegram delivery boy friend of Liesl. He is self important,

boasting, a very pleasant young man, and somewhat aggressive but in a gentle

way. Rolf has Hitler as his paternal role model and the Nazi regime as a future

goal. He seems to know an enormous amount of what is going on because of his

job and seems to relish his spying tactics.

Age to be played as: 17

Vocal range: E5 to C4

Dancing: Good dancing skills

 

Sister Berthe

Mezzo Soprano

A nun who is the Mistress of Novices. She does not think that headstrong, free-

spirited postulants belong at the Abby. She is a no nonsense type, officious and

very strict. She is not a supporter of Maria. She is a killjoy, self-righteous,

straight-laced, prim and a bit of a prude.

Age to be played as: 30+

Vocal range: E5 to C4

Dancing: Must be able to move

 

Sister Margaretta

Mezzo Soprano

A nun who is the Mistress of Postulants. She is kind and understanding. A

supporter of Maria. She is positive, encouraging, concerned and has a sense of

humor.

Age to be played as: 20+

Vocal range: E5 to B3

Vocal Technique: Legit

Dancing: Must be able to move

  

Sister Sophia

Mezzo Soprano

Sister Sophia is a nun who always stays in line. She is very dutiful and kind. She

would rather take the middle road to avoid controversy.

Age to be played: 30+

Vocal range: E5 to B3

Dancing: Must be able to move

 

 Franz

Non-singing

Originally a sort of protector to Captain Von Trapp in the Navy, he is now retired

into his position as valet, which he carries out with somber efficiency. He is

humorless and appears harmless but underneath we discover he is secretly

plotting with the Nazi party Anschluss.

Age to be played: 30+

Voice: Spoken

Dancing: Non dancer

 

Frau Schmidt

Non-singing

The Von Trapp family housekeeper, Frau Schmidt does her job efficiently but

without affection. She is strong and somewhat dominating. She has been around

a long time and hates the way she is treated with whistles by the Baron. It affects

her dignity. She appears to be a thoroughly reliable member of the staff and

respected by all.

Age to be played: 40+

Voice: Spoken

Dancing: Non dancer

 

 

Ensemble

The ensemble consists of men and women of various ages with strong dance and acting abilities. They will be cast as Austrians and Nazi’s and will be featured in various scenes throughout the show. The featured roles of Herr Zeller, Baron Elberfeld, Baroness Elberfeld, Admiral Von Schreiber, A new postulant, Saengerbund of Herwegen Trio and Fraulein Schweiger will be cast from the ensemble.

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