AUDITION NOTICE!

ACCEPTING VIDEO AUDITIONS
NOW THROUGH
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
 

Submit audition video to
auditions@desertstages.org

IN-PERSON CALLBACKS:
Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 am-1 pm
& Sunday, Sept. 12, 5-9 pm
Scroll to Bottom for Callback Details

ORIENTATION:
Monday, Sept. 27, 6pm

REHEARSALS BEGIN:
Monday, Sept. 27, 6pm

NO CONFLICTS ALLOWED:
November 13-18

SHOW DATES:
November 19 – December 19, 2021

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
Mainstage Production of

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp

Directed by TRISHA DITSWORTH

AUDITIONS WILL CONSIST OF
• Headshot and resume (digital copy or a link will work)
• A 16-32 bar cutting of a song in the style of the show (please state what roles you are interested in)
• Please record one of the following lines of dialogue found in this LINK
• In your video, please slate your name, (age and height if under 18), your song selection, and any roles you are specifically interested in.
• No dialect needed for any roles except for Herr Zeller and Von Schrieber (German dialect).
• Children roles will be double cast with possible exception of Rolf and Liesl.
• Parents: if you aren’t sure what song to select, please have your    child sing 30-60 seconds of the title song, “The Sound of Music.” Using this link as a karaoke track. (0:20-0:55)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LrpOJoDRyY

Each performer will be asked to abide by the rules of Desert Stages Theatre.

Each performer will be asked to help promote this DST show.

Please plan to have a COVID TEST with a negative result 3 days prior to your in-person audition. Do your best to quarantine once you have the test. Safety will be priority #1 as we continue to bring LIVE THEATRE back to the DST stage!
DST COVID-19 Procedures and Policies can be referenced HERE  
 
 
SHORT SYNOPSIS

THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the 1949 memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide on a plan to flee Austria with the children. Many songs from the musical have become standards , such as “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “The Sound of Music.”

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Actors of all races, ethnicities, sizes, abilities, and genders (conforming and non-conforming) are highly encouraged to audition.


LEAD ADULT ROLES:
Maria Rainer (musical theatre mix/soprano, moves well, 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) 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 (will double as a nun, 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, dancer, 17) Suitor to Liesl, telegram delivery boy, later Nazi soldier. A very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way.
CHILDREN’S ROLES (TO BE DOUBLE-CAST):
Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, dancer, 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 youngest of the children, sweet and endearing.
CHORUS
4-6 male chorus members (16-60+ years) – Nazi soldiers, neighbors, Salzburg citizens and Georg’s friends (of naval background).
4-6 female chorus members (16-60+ years) – Salzburg citizens, new postulant, nuns, novices, postulants and contestants in the Festival Concert. Featured nuns will double as other roles as well (Berthe, Margaretta and Sophia). Mother Abbess will not double.
 
 

 

CALLBACK DETAILS

Children’s Callbacks
Saturday, September 11

9am-1pm – Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, Gretl

12-1pmLiesl and Rolf (Liesl’s may be asked to return Sunday)

Location: Scottsdale Desert Stages, meet in Lobby

• Masks are required
• Please wear closed-toed shoes you can march in, Liesl/Rolf you will be doing a short dance combination in addition to reading and singing, flat shoes preferred.
• Please print music and sides (dialogue) from this LINK and bring with you to callbacks, bring a snack and water.

 

Adult Callbacks
Sunday, September 12

5-6pm – Elsa, Max, Franz, Frau, Zeller, Captain

6-6:30pm – Maria

6:30-7pm – Maria and Captain

7:15-9pm – Mother Abbess, Sister Berthe, Sister Sophia, Sister Margaretta, Nun Ensemble

Location: Scottsdale Desert Stages, meet in Lobby

• Masks are required
• Maria/Captain please wear closed-toed shoes you can do movement in.
• All Artists please print music and sides from this LINK and bring with you to the callbacks. Bring water/snacks.