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Putting it Together




Sound of Music


Genre: Musical

Producer: Tristan Smith
Director: Michael Schneider
Assistant: Rob Murphy
Music Directors: Miguel Esteban , Michelle Morrow
Choreographer: Shari Coulter
Stage Manager: Sarah Rule

SHOW 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, including "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Do-Re-Mi", and the title song "The Sound of Music".

AUDITIONS:
Location: Oshawa Little Theatre, 62 Russett Ave., Oshawa

OLT uses “Casting Manager” for audition signups (if you do not have an account you will need to make one. Please go to oshawalittletheatre.com and select the “SHOWS” tab and select “AUDITION”. Auditions will be scheduled every 8 minutes; we ask that you select the next available time on your preferred date. If you are unable to select a time that you are available for or you will be away during the auditions, then please contact jtmschneider@mac.com to receive information on submitting a video audition.

Audition Dates*
Sunday, July 24th 1 – 5pm
Tuesday, July 26th 7 - 10
Wednesday, July 27th 7 - 10
Tuesday, August 2nd 7 - 10 (we will only add if the other slots have filled up)

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CALL BACKS:

Thursday, August 4th 7 - 10

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
Please prepare 2 songs that show a contrasting style (up-tempo/slow) not from the show. You may be asked to only sing the first 16 bars but be sure to prepare the whole song. You should bring with you sheet music in the correct key (we will not be  accepting auditions that are a companied by a pre-recorded track). Please prepare a monologue of c. 2 minutes in length; download the audition information sheet as well and be sure to bring it with you completed to your audition. Auditions held at the theatre will be subject to public health guidelines and theatre protocols in place at the time.


REHEARSAL DATES:
Sundays 1:00 – 6:00, Monday and Wednesday 7:00 – 10:00, Will add Thursdays c. 4 weeks prior to opening.  
Rehearsals begin Monday, August 29th . No rehearsals will be scheduled on Labour Day Sunday. Additional rehearsals will be scheduled during the 4 weeks prior to opening including Thursday evenings.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
November 17,18,19,24,25,26,27
December 1,2,3,4,8,9,10

The cast must be available for the scheduling of extra performances, if warranted, on the final Wednesday and the evening of the final Saturday. All cast members must be available for all performances and must be members of Oshawa
Little Theatre in order to rehearse and perform. 

CASTING INFORMATION:

Maria Rainer (musical theatre mix/soprano, dance, 20-30) 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.

Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, dance, 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 5-6) Must have the cute factor

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, very strong actress) Motherly, understanding, strong and authoritative, but kind.

Sister Berthe (alto, moves well) Mistress of Novices, prudish, straight laced with a quick tongue, she is less tolerant than other nuns.

Sister Margaretta (mezzo, moves well) Mistress of Postulants, very kind, understanding and concerned.

Sister Sophia (soprano, moves well) 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, 35+) Stern and unsmiling, a typical Nazi official whose primary concern is to see that everyone toes the line.

Rolf Gruber (low tenor, dance, 17-20) Suitor to Liesl, telegram delivery boy, later Nazi soldier. A very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive, but in a gentle way.

Nazi soldiers, neighbors, Salzburg citizens, Georg’s friends (of naval background), nuns, novices, postulants, and contestants in the Festival Concert (male & female, 5-60+ years)

All question and inquiries should be directed to Michael Schneider at jtmschneider@mac.com