Sound of Music Auditions

Studio East Training for the Performing Arts

About the project and the company

We are excited to announce that this season, the annual Eastside Community Musical is back! Studio East and Kirkland Performance Center are joining forces once again to present the classic musical, The Sound of Music!

Directed and Choreographed by Samuel Pettit

Musically Directed by Justin Beal

Studio East and Kirkland Performance Center are seeking actors, singers, and dancers for our 2023 community production of The Sound of Music. We are seeking actors of all ages, ethnicities, size, shape, ability, gender identity, and orientation to audition for Principal & Supporting Roles. We are casting up to 35 actors, ages 8 and up.

Location of Audition

Kirkland Performance Center 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033

Other details

Character Breakdown:

The creative team of The Sound of Music acknowledges the gender binary of the roles as written and invite transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary actors to indicate interest in any roles they most identify with on the audition form. Age ranges are approximate and not intended to exclude actors from consideration.



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, yet very 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+) 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 (legit 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 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, 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.



LEAD CHILDREN’S ROLES: All children, apart from their character description must be able to be conservative with their emotions and “serious.”

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.

Audition requirements

Please prepare: Verse and chorus, about a minute in length, of a musical theater standard that best showcases voice and range. Please bring: Completed audition form found online, including conflict calendar filled out with all rehearsal conflicts. Resume, if available, and headshot or photo. An accompanist is provided. No recorded accompaniment, please. Bring APPROPRIATE sheet music in the appropriate key; lead sheets are not helpful to the accompanist. Visit https://studio-east.org/som-auditions/ for audition form and rehearsal calendar.

Additional information
Preferred method of submission

Email

Audition/Interview dates

Friday, January 6, 5:00-9:00pm & Saturday, January 7, 11:00am-3:00pm at Kirkland Performance Center.

Pay type

None

Audition location

Kirkland Washington

Pay type

N/A N/A

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Callbacks: Saturday, January 14, 1:00-6:00pm at Kirkland Performance Center- by invitation only.

Submission instructions

Sign up for an audition slot at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4BA9AC2DA4F9CE9-eastside. Visit website for audition form, rehearsal calendar, and more.

Union Requirements

Non-Union

Website specific to project

https://studio-east.org/sound-of-music/

Sides or script location

https://studio-east.org/som-auditions/

Equity Contract

None