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Adult Cast Auditions – The Sound Of Music – The Customs House, South Shields

We are delighted to announce that we are casting for ADULT cast members to appear in our upcoming production of The Sound Of Music taking place at The Customs House, South Shields in August/September 2022. Produced by The Musical Theatre Company, this is for a strictly limited season.

We are casting for ALL of the roles in the production including the principal lead roles as well as chorus roles too. Whether you have never stood on a stage before or are a seasoned performer we want to meet you! We are looking for strong performers who can sing, dance and act and would LOVE to appear in our smash hit family musical.

Important Information

  • You must be able to commit to rehearsals as per the rehearsal schedule. The rehearsal schedule will be confirmed via email. Rehearsals will generally be twice weekly including one week night and one daytime on a weekend.
  • You must be available for the production week 26th August 2022 – 3rd September 2022. As well as this you must be available for the week prior to this.
  • You must be prepared to attend an audition in person. We will not accept any other form of audition or self tape.
  • You agree that the production is on an amateur basis. Therefore any roles offered are unpaid.
  • You must be aged 16 years or older to audition for an adult role.
  • After receiving your application we will forward you an audition date and time slot as well as the relevant material for you to learn for the audition.

What you will get from us

  • An opportunity to perform in one of the biggest musicals in the world in one of the North East’s most loved theatres.
  • An opportunity to gain valuable industry experience from our creative teams.
  • There are no performance fees or membership fees to appear in the production.
  • An experience you will never forget working with a fabulous team of people!

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Principal Roles

Maria Rainer

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: Soprano

Playing Age: 25-35

Ability: Act / Sing / Dance

A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey – young, free spirited, warm, gentle and kind with much determination. Maria is a sweet young postulant whose love of freedom makes it obvious to her superiors that she is not suited for religious life at the Nonnberg Abby. Maria is full of energy, passionate, country girl who has a charming but gawky, awkward physicality and personality, naive, naughty, witty, strong- minded, and tomboyish. Needs to have an obvious connection with children and an ability to relate at their level.

Captain Georg von Trapp

Gender: Male

Vocal Range: Baritone

Playing Age: 35-45

Ability: Act / Sing / Dance

A retired very wealthy Austro-Hungarian Naval Lieutenant Commander, distinguished, active, handsome, highly organised and regimented, efficient and very smart. The Captain is a widower with seven children who is strong and firm with a hidden softness. 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.

The Mother Abbess of Nonnberg Abbey

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: Top Soprano

Playing Age: 40+

Ability: Act / Sing

A true big-hearted mother figure, loved, adored and respected. Motherly, understanding, strong and authoritative, but kind. A very strong actress.

Max Detweiller

Gender: Male

Vocal Range: Tenor

Playing Age: 30+

Ability: Act / Sing / Movement

Charming and vital; a man of sophistication who enjoys the good life; true and loyal friend to the von Trapp family. A theatrical agent and First Secretary of Education and Culture – personal friend of von Trapp and a sort of uncle to his children. He is clever at his job, witty and charming though quite pushy to get what he wants. We are not sure whose side he is on until the last moment. Witt and humour personality of the show.

Elsa Schrader

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano

Playing Age: 35-45

Ability: Act / Sing / Movement

A baroness of taste and elegance, sophisticated, dignified and mature. A very wealthy widow, who is president of her late husband’s corporation. Elegant, sophisticated city person. Clever and canny and very much into making a good social arrangement.

Rolf Gruber

Gender: Male

Vocal Range: Low Tenor

Playing Age: 17

Ability: Act / Sing / Dance

Suitor to Liesl, telegram delivery boy, later Nazi soldier. A very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way. Rolf has Hitler as his paternal role model and the Nazi regime as a future goal. He seems to know an enormous amount of what is going on because of his job and seems to relish his spying tactics.

Liesl Von Trapp (The eldest von Trapp child)

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: Mezzo

Playing Age: 16

Ability: Act / Sing / Dance

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. Innocent, naïve, infatuated with Rolf, pretty but unsophisticated and tends to think everything is wonderful. She has a maternal edge to her and cares very deeply for her younger siblings. Growing up fast with no maternal role model, she represents the juvenile romantic plot.

Featured Roles

Sister Berthe (Mistress of Novices)

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: Alto

Playing Age: N/A

Ability: Act / Sing / Movement

No nonsense type, officious and very strict. Not a supporter of Maria. Prudish, straight laced with a quick tongue, she is less tolerant than other nuns.

Sister Margaretta (Mistress of Postulants)

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: Mezzo

Playing Age: N/A

Ability: Act / Sing / Movement

Very kind, understanding and concerned. A kind and understanding supporter of Maria.

Sister Sophia

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: Soprano

Playing Age: N/A

Ability: Act / Sing / Movement

Neither demanding nor critical, sticks with the rules. Dutiful and kind-takes the middle road to avoid controversy.

Franz (The von Trapp butler)

Gender: Male

Vocal Range: N/A

Playing Age: 30+

Ability: Act

Originally a sort of protector to Captain Von Trapp in the Navy, he is now retired into this position as valet, which he carries out with somber efficiency. He is humourless and appears harmless but underneath we discover he is secretly plotting with the Nazi party Anschluss and might have become a major threat had the family not escaped.

Frau Schmidt (The housekeeper)

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: N/A

Playing Age: 30+

Ability: Act

Going slightly deaf, very little personality; she does her job efficiently but without affection. She is strong and somewhat dominating. She has been around a long time and hates the way she is treated with whistles by the Baron. It affects her dignity. She appears to be a thoroughly reliable member of the staff and respected by all.

Herr Zeller

Gender: Male

Vocal Range: N/A

Playing Age: 40+

Ability: Act

The Gauleiter – a sort of district governor appointed by the Nazi Regime to prepare the Anschluss. He is overbearing, arrogant and autocratic, self-important and pompous. Stern and unsmiling, a typical Nazi official whose primary concern is to see that everyone toes the line.

Frau Zeller

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: N/A

Playing Age: 40+

Ability: Act (1 line)

The wife of Herr Zeller. Can join with the women nun ensemble.

Baron Elberfeld

Gender: Male

Vocal Range: N/A

Playing Age: 40+

Ability: Act

A neighbour of Captain Von Trapp and one of the “Old Guards” of Austria, violently opposed to the takeover of his beloved country by Nazi Germany. Can double with other roles in the ensemble.

Baroness Elberfeld

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: N/A

Playing Age: 40+

Ability: Act (1 line)

A neighbour of Captain Von Trapp and wife to the Baron Elberfeld. Can join with the women nun ensemble.

A New Postulant

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: N/A

Playing Age: N/A

Ability: Act (Non Speaking)

A smart, well-dressed young girl who has a walk-on moment only-no dialogue. Can join with the women nun ensemble.

Admiral von Schreiber

Gender: Male

Vocal Range: N/A

Playing Age: N/A

Ability: Act

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.

Ursula (The Maid)

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: N/A

Playing Age: N/A

Ability: Act (1 Line)

The maid of the von Trapp house. Can join with the women nun ensemble.

Saengerbund of Herwegen Trio

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: N/A

Playing Age: N/A

Ability: Act

Three person performance group who wins 3rd place in the Festival Concert. Can join with the women nun ensemble.

Fraulein Schweiger

Gender: Female

Vocal Range: N/A

Playing Age: N/A

Ability: Act

Female performer who wins 2nd place in the Festival Concert. Can join with the women nun ensemble.

Chorus Roles

Men / Women: Strong actors needed to perform the onstage roles for the Nazi soldiers, dancing neighbours and friends who come to Captain Von Trapp’s party, Salzburg citizens, and Georg’s friends of naval background who participate in the Festival Concert.

Women: Strong actors and singers needed to compose the nuns, novices, and postulants who live in the Nonnberg Abbey.

How To Apply

Applications are now closed

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