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THE SOUND OF MUSIC

CLICK HERE to view the Youth Audition Notice

Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Wayne Bryan

Choreographed by Christine Negherbon
Music Direction by Dennis Castellano

PRODUCTION DATES

First Youth rehearsal: Saturday, September 30th, 2023

First Adult rehearsal: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023 (First AEA ensemble rehearsal: Tuesday, October 10th, 2023)
Preview: Friday, October 20th, 2023
Opening: Saturday, October 21st, 2023
Closing: Sunday, November 5th, 2023

AUDITION DATES

Principal/Chorus Vocal Auditions (EPA/ECC): Thursday, August 24th, 2023
Appointments from 11am – 7:30pm, break from 2-3pm
(all singers must be signed in no later than 6pm to make an appointment) 

Dance ECC (all genders): Saturday, August 26th, 2023:
4pm – Female-identifying dance group
5pm – Male-identifying dance group
(vocal callbacks will be held later in the evening)

(It will take approximately one hour for each group to learn and dance and audition the combination.)

Youth auditions (ages 6-17): Saturday, August 26th, 2023 @ 10:00am
(Note: for this audition, please prepare the audition cut of “Do Re Mi” posted on the website (HERE).  Callbacks will be held later the same day. CLICK HERE to view the Youth Audition Notice

Principal Callbacks will be held on Saturday, August 26th & Sunday, August 27th, 2023.

LOCATIONS

Auditions and Rehearsals will be held at the MTW rehearsal hall: 4350 E 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804 

Maximum capacity in audition room at once: 55 (2,000 square feet of danceable space)
Maximum capacity in outdoor holding area: 55 

Performances will be held at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center: 6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90815

CONTRACT

AEA rate: $898/wk (COST Tier 2+)

Non-AEA rate: $15.50/hr for all rehearsal and performance hours worked (approx. $2,500 depending on actual hours worked)

All children cast will be asked to become a student of the Orange County Song & Dance Co. (at no charge), and will be paid a gas stipend of $300 for participation in the production, inclusive of the full rehearsal and performance period.

Priority is always given to those with local housing. Non-AEA members are always encouraged to attend all auditions.

AUDITION MATERIAL

Please prepare one of the vocal selections which can be found HERE

Callback Material for The Sound of Music is posted HERE (including the ECC dance combo)

When attending an audition, please ensure that you bring a headshot & resume, and be prepared to sing AND dance!

AUDITION APPOINTMENTS

If you are interested in making an appointment for any of the audition dates, please email mtwauditions@musical.org with your headshot, resume, union status, and desired date & window of time for your audition. Actor’s Equity members can schedule audition appointments on the AEA website.

If you aren’t able to attend the in-person auditions, please complete the form below to submit a virtual audition, which includes:

  • HEADSHOT
  • RESUME
  • VOCAL VIDEO – Please prepare one of the vocal selections which can be found HERE.
  • Sample of DANCE/MOVEMENT ability or provided dance combo, which can be found HERE.
  • Feel free to include your REEL as well!

THE SOUND OF MUSIC VIRTUAL SUBMISSIONS

Please submit by end of day Thursday, August 24th. 

HEALTH & SAFETY

MTW operates under an Infection Control Policy which has been filed with AEA. All company members must be Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19, or have a Bona Fide Health or Religious exemption. Anyone with symptoms of COVID, flu, or any other infectious disease that can be transmitted by casual contact should not attend auditions.

Everyone participating in the auditions is encouraged to wear a two-ply cloth face mask, surgical mask, singer’s mask or respirator (N95, KN95 or KF94).

We encourage members to prepare for their audition prior to arriving at the audition venue, to the extent that they can (e.g., get dressed, hair/make-up, etc.) to avoid crowding in bathrooms and dressing rooms.

The Sound of Music

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

MARIA 

Fresh-faced actress with luminous presence, extraordinary singing voice, wide acting range. During the show she journeys from uncontrollable postulant to family matriarch. Soprano.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age range: 20-35
  • Vocal range top: C6
  • Vocal range bottom: Ab3

CAPTAIN GEORG VON TRAPP 

Charismatic and appealing leading man, who can initially appear distant and commanding, but ultimately romantic and supportive. Bass/Baritone. Guitar skills a plus.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age range: 35-45
  • Vocal range top: E4
  • Vocal range bottom: F#2

THE MOTHER ABBESS 

Classical soprano / mezzo-soprano with commanding presence and warm humor.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age range: 40+
  • Vocal range top: Ab5
  • Vocal range bottom: G3

BARONESS ELSA SCHRADER

Attractive sophisticate, witty actress, fine singer, graceful mover. Soprano.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age range: 30-40
  • Vocal range top: F5
  • Vocal range bottom: C4

MAX DETWEILER

Comedic entrepreneur, a show biz impresario, fun mover, colorful singer. Baritone.

  • Gender: Male
  • Age range: 30+
  • Vocal range top: F4
  • Vocal range bottom: C3

ROLF GRUBER

Telegram boy who is smitten with Liesl; he is increasingly leaning into the Nazi movement. Sings and dances. Baritone. (This role will be cast as an adult, 18+)

  • Gender: Male
  • Age range: 17
  • Vocal range top: E4
  • Vocal range bottom: D3

SISTER BERTE

Mistress of NovicesA follower of strict tradition and not a fan of nonsense; rich, authoritative soprano voice. Mezzo-Soprano.

  • Gender: Female
  • Vocal range top: E5
  • Vocal range bottom: B3

SISTER MARGARETTA

An empathetic nun who sees something good in Maria; her demeanor is more cheerful and forgiving; strong soprano voice. Mezzo-Soprano.

  • Gender: Female
  • Vocal range top: F5
  • Vocal range bottom: B3

SISTER SOPHIA

The Mother Abbess’s third confident, perplexed about Maria. Mezzo-Soprano.

  • Gender: Female
  • Vocal range top: Eb5
  • Vocal range bottom: B3

Von Trapp Childrenall must sing in soprano range, including the two boys.

LIESL

A pretty and intelligent teenager, growing up without the guidance of a mother. Singer-dancer. Soprano. (This role will be cast as an adult, 18+)

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 16
  • Vocal range top: F5
  • Vocal range bottom: A3

FRIEDRICH 

The oldest boy, trying to learn how to be a confident man. Soprano. (unchanged voices only)

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 14
  • Vocal range top: A5
  • Vocal range bottom: A3

LUISA 

Vaguely remembers her late mother, sometimes rebels by playing tricks on the governesses. Soprano.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 13
  • Vocal range top: A5
  • Vocal range bottom: A3

KURT 

Cheerful but sensitive, and tries not to be hurt. Soprano (unchanged voices only)

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 10 (almost 11)
  • Vocal range top: A5
  • Vocal range bottom: A3

BRIGITTA 

 Exceptionally bright and observant; she cannot tell a lie. Soprano.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 9
  • Vocal range top: A5
  • Vocal range bottom: A3

MARTA 

honest and sweet, would like a pink parasol on her birthday. Soprano.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 7
  • Vocal range top: A5
  • Vocal range bottom: A3

GRETL 

A bundle of energy who just wants to be loved. Soprano.

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 5 
  • Vocal range top: A5
  • Vocal range bottom: A3

NON-SINGING ROLES (these roles will be cast out of the Ensemble)

  • Frau Schmidt – Efficient but caring and observant housekeeper
  • Franz – the Butler, a former Navy man, now leaning toward joining the Nazis
  • Herr Zeller – An Austrian nobleman who is urging the von Trapps to show allegiance to the Nazis; can be polite but has an undertone of menace
  • Admiral von Schreiber – high-ranking officer in Hitler’s Navy, who arrives to press Captain von Trapp into service for the Nazis. 
  • Baron Elberfeld – Neighbor and friend of Captain von Trapp. He is of the oldest family in the valley.
  • Baroness Elberfeld – Baron Elberfeld’s elegant wife.

Ensemble will also play nuns, party guests, Nazi soldiers.

Please call 562-856-1999 x. 223 or email MTWAuditions@musical.org if there are any issues.


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