The Sound of Music

In light of recent events, we have made some changes to our audition process. Please read carefully:



Auditions for The Sound of Music will be held, BY VIDEO SUBMISSION ONLY. Specific details about video submission are below.

Video and/or in-person callbacks, by invitation only, will follow on March 27th and possible surrounding dates.

The Sound of Music will be directed by Neal C. Johnson with music direction by Korianne Orton Johnson and choreography by Ashley Gardner Carlson. 

SPECIAL NOTE: To stay in line with the guidance from the CDC, State, and local Health Department all actors must wear masks during all rehearsals. It is possible that we will require all actors to perform in masks, face shields, or a combination of the two. If you have health or personal concerns that would keep you from rehearsing or performing in a mask or shield, please consider that before submitting an audition.

Video Audition Details:
Please prepare 30 seconds of a classical song from a Golden Age musical (selections from The Sound of Music are acceptable.)

You will need to provide your own accompaniment -- either live piano or a recorded minus track (please don't sing with any other vocals on the recording.)

Make sure you have optimal lighting (daylight or supplemental lighting - like a ring light or even a floor lamp.) We recommend filming from the waist up. We don't need to see your whole body.

YouTube links and non-secured Google Drive links are easiest. Many people will be watching your audition video and open links make it the most simple for everyone to access. (YouTube instructions are below if needed.)

Please send your video along with a headshot, resume, and your audition form to no later than 11:59pm on March 17th to be considered.

YouTube Instructions:
Please prepare beforehand to make sure you are in a well-lit space with room to do what you need.  Do several tests before filming to ensure you can be clearly seen and heard with accompaniment. Please film with a background that is not distracting and will help us focus on you and your performance. 

Filming on your phone is great. If possible, film at 4k 30 fps (For iPhones, you can change this in the ’Settings’ app under ‘Camera’ and ‘Record Video.’ For Androids, adjust the settings in the video screen in the phone using the drop-down arrow or the 3 dots). 

After you have finished filming, upload your video to YouTube as an ‘unlisted’ video. This option will come up before you have to finish publishing. Do not set it as private or public. This allows only those who have the link to access this video. 

Before coping the link into the audition form, double check it uploaded correctly and it looks how you want it to look. 

The audition form is available here.

Character Descriptions

(All roles are available and will be double cast. Please pay attention to the age descriptions below. All ethnicities and body types are encouraged to audition.)

MARIA RAINER (Female; ages 20-35)

A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey – young, free spirited, warm, gentle and kind with much determination. VOCAL RANGE: B5 TO C4

CAPTAIN GEORG VON TRAPP (Male; ages 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. VOCAL RANGE: D5 TO F#2

LIESL VON TRAPP (Female; able to play age 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. VOCAL RANGE: E5 TO B3

FRIEDRICH VON TRAPP (Male; able to play age 14)

Tough exterior, very much trying to be “the man” of the family. VOCAL RANGE: G5 TO C4

LOUISA VON TRAPP (Female; able to play age 13)

Rebellious attitude. VOCAL RANGE: G5 TO C4

KURT VON TRAPP (Male; able to play age 10)

Gentle and mischievous. VOCAL RANGE: G5 TO C4

BRIGITTA VON TRAPP (Female; able to play age 9)

Smart, reads a lot. VOCAL RANGE: G5 TO C4

MARTA VON TRAPP (Female; able to play age 7)

Very sweet and gentle. VOCAL RANGE: G5 TO C4

GRETL VON TRAPP (Female; able to play age 6)

Must have the cute factor. VOCAL RANGE: G5 TO C4

MAX DETWEILLER (Male; ages 30+)

Charming and vital; a man of sophistication who enjoys the good life; true and loyal friend to the von Trapp family. VOCAL RANGE: F4 TO D3

BARONESS ELSA SCHRADER (Female; ages 35-45)

A baroness of taste and elegance, sophisticated, dignified and mature. VOCAL RANGE: F5 TO D4

MOTHER ABBESS (Female; ages 40+)

Motherly, understanding, strong and authoritative, but kind. VOCAL RANGE: G#5/Ab5 TO B3

SISTER BERTHE (Female; ages 25+)

Mistress of Novices, prudish, straight laced with a quick tongue, she is less tolerant than other nuns. VOCAL RANGE: E5 TO C4

SISTER MARGARETTA (Female; ages 25+)

Mistress of Postulants, very kind, understanding and concerned. VOCAL RANGE: E5 TO B3

SISTER SOPHIA (Female; ages 25+)

Neither demanding nor critical, sticks with the rules. VOCAL RANGE: E5 TO B3

ROLF GRUBER (Male; able to play age 17)

Suitor to Liesl, telegram delivery boy, later Nazi soldier. A very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way. VOCAL RANGE: E5 TO C4

FRANZ (Male; ages 30+)

The von Trapp butler, rather formal but not without spirit, he is very German and loyal to the Fascist cause. VOCAL RANGE: ANY

FRAU SCHMIDT (Female; ages 30+)

The housekeeper, stoic, very little personality; she does her job efficiently but without affection. Strong and somewhat dominating. VOCAL RANGE: ANY

HERR ZELLER (Male, ages 40+)

Stern and unsmiling, a typical Nazi official whose primary concern is to see that everyone toes the line. VOCAL RANGE: ANY


An important figure in the Austrian Navy and appears to be much respected by Captain von Trapp. He has obviously agreed to be part of the new regime with Germany. VOCAL RANGE: ANY

BARON ELBERFELD (Male; ages 40+)

A neighbor of the von Trapps and one of the “Old Guards” of Austria-violently opposed to the takeover of his beloved country by Nazi Germany. VOCAL RANGE: ANY

URSULA / NEW POSTULANT (Female; ages 20-25)



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