The Sound of Music

June 03 - July 03, 2022

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Every Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain Von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire Von Trapp family must make a moral decision.

 

Character Breakdown

Lead Adult Characters:
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

Lead Children characters:
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

Ensemble:
Male chorus members (16-60+ years) – Nazi soldiers, neighbors, Salzburg citizens, and Georg’s friends (of naval background)
Female chorus members (16-60+ years) – Salzburg citizens, new postulant, nuns, novices, postulants, and contestants in the Festival Concert