Auditions

THANK YOU to everyone who auditioned for “Tiny Island” by Michael Hollinger! We are in the process of contacting actors now, and the cast list will be posted soon. We appreciate EVERYONE who attended auditions – it was amazing to see so many talented people up on stage, and we are only sorry that this particular play only has 4 parts to offer! We hope that we will see all of you back at future auditions!

AUDITIONS for
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC

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

Saturday, March 18th: 11:30am-1:00pm (kids), 1-3pm (adults)
Sunday, March 19th: 6:00-9:00pm (adults)
Saturday, March 25th: 11:30am-1:00pm (kids), 1-3pm (adults)
Greenspace Center, 815 Market St, Lewisburg

Show to be performed June 9-18, 2023 at same location
Directed by Pennye Padgett, Music Direction by Diane Scott

One of the best-loved musicals of all time, based on the true story of Maria and the Von Trapp family, The Sound of Music features cherished songs like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” It has won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story follows the enthusiastic new governess of seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, as she brings music and joy into the household.  And as Nazi forces take hold of Austria, can the von Trapp family risk everything to escape their beloved home…? 

RiverStage is seeking singers, actors and actresses of all ages and experience levels to fill the roles in this beloved musical. A partial list of available roles is here (ages, where indicated, are the ages of the characters but the actor/actress does not need to be that particular age):

LEAD ADULT CHARACTERS:

  • Maria Rainer (musical theatre mix/soprano, 20-35) A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey – young, free spirited, warm, gentle and kind with much determination.
  • Captain Georg von Trapp (baritone, 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, 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, 35-45) A baroness of taste and elegance, sophisticated, dignified and mature.
  • Mother Abbess (soprano, wide vocal range, 40+) Motherly, understanding, strong and authoritative, but kind

FEATURED CHARACTERS:

  • Sister Berthe (alto) Mistress of Novices, prudish, straight laced with a quick tongue, she is less tolerant than other nuns.
  • Sister Margaretta (mezzo) Mistress of Postulants, very kind, understanding and concerned.
  • Sister Sophia (soprano) 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, 17) Suitor to Liesl, telegram delivery boy, later Nazi soldier. A very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way.

    LEAD CHILDREN’S ROLES:

    • Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, 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) The “cute” one.

    WHAT TO PREARE

    Instead of preparing your own song for these auditions, we are asking you to learn and be prepared to sing specific selections from The Sound of Music, based on the character(s) or groups that you feel you would be most suited for. During auditions, we will ask everyone in each grouping to sing the song for their group, first together as a warm-up, and then one person at a time. You will also be asked to read selections from the script.

    Character(s)Please prepare this song: (all sheet music for these selections can be viewed and downloaded HERE)
    Maria“The Sound of Music” (from “To sing through the night…” to end of song)
    Mother Abbess“Climb Every Mountain” (from final “Climb every mountain…” to end of song)
    Sister Margaretta, Sister Berthe, Sister Sophia, Nuns“Maria” (one time through the refrain, beginning with “How do you solve a problem like Maria?”)
    Von Trapp Children“Do Re Mi” (one verse)
    Georg, Elsa, Max, and All Other Roles“Edelweiss” (one verse)

    Auditioners may attend any of the sessions for their age group (i.e., you do not need to attend them all), and should be prepared to sing the songs listed above and bring a calendar to indicate any scheduling conflicts you may have in the March-June timeframe.


    Remember, you can always use our “Contact Us” page to sign up for email updates about upcoming auditions. Please contact us with any questions at auditions@riverstagetheatre.org, and we’ll see you at auditions!