Music by Richard Rodgers & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
Directed by Ryan Brosious | November 9-12, 2023
Auditions: July 14-15
The final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical, and most popular movie musical ever made. Based on the true story of the von Trapp Family Singers, this play captures a personal tale of growth and hope amidst the horrors of World War II. The Sound of Music tells the tale of young postulant Maria Rainer, whose free spirit has trouble fitting into the rules and regulations of Nonnberg Abbey. Commissioned by Mother Abbess to serve as the governess for seven motherless children, Maria transforms the von Trapp family home from a place of dour rules and regulations to one filled with joy, laughter, and music. In the process, Maria wins the hearts of all seven children—and their widower father, Captain von Trapp. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision to flee the mountains of Switzerland to safety, taking the words of Mother Abbess to heart: “Climb every mountain…till you find your dream”. This heartwarming classic brings the same Broadway-quality, live performances you’ve come to expect from Christ Wesleyan Theatre Productions.
“The Sound of Music” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. www.concordtheatricals.com
When to audition:
Friday, July 14: 5:30-9:00pm (FULL – Video Auditions only, see below)
Saturday, July 15: 10:00am-6:00pm (FULL – Video Auditions only, see below)
If you cannot be present for an in-person audition on these dates, please email a video audition of your song and memorized monologue by Monday, July 10 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How should I prepare for my audition?
Remember to schedule your audition (above)!
All actors auditioning should prepare a short monologue (2-3 minutes) that they find either online or from some other source and a song of their choice (average length is 3-4 minutes, but you may not need to sing the entire song) with accompaniment CD or mobile device. The total length of an audition should not exceed 8 minutes. Actors may also provide their own live accompaniment (a piano is available). Both should be memorized. Monologues and songs do not have to be from The Sound of Music but should show a range of emotions and skills (you do not need to provide copies of your monologue or song). Please arrive 30 minutes early to fill out the paperwork.
Your audition song will be of your choice. Realize we may stop you in the middle of your song once we’ve heard the range, pitch, and rhythm that we’re looking for.
You can choose your monologue. You can find several online, or some actors have written their own original pieces for auditioning.
Onstage & Offstage Ensembles
All auditionees are welcome to audition for onstage and offstage ensembles, and will not need to provide a monologue. The offstage ensemble will sing live during performances in a choir room setting and will not perform onstage. The ensemble for this show is a bit more limited than usual as it consists mainly of nuns and the party scene.
Actors will do some dance choreography as part of the show, but do not need to include dance in their audition. The Sound of Music will require actors who are comfortable dancing.
Who can audition?
Actors ages 7 & up. Being a smaller cast with primarily an adult character list (with the exception of the von Trapp children), actors under the age of 18 may not be able to be cast in this show. Children with the maturity level and vocal ability suitable for the offstage ensemble could potentially be asked to participate in that capacity. All actors are non-paid.
Do you have to attend Christ Wesleyan Church?
No, anyone can audition whether or not they attend a church.
The Auditorium (Entrance #6) at Christ Wesleyan Church
363 Stamm Road, Milton, PA 17847
When do rehearsals start?
When are the performances?
November 9-12, 2023 with five performances:
November 9 & 10 at 7:00pm | November 11 at 2:00 & 7:00pm | November 12 at 2:00pm