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The Sound Of Music The Musical

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

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Plot Summary & Audition Tips

List of Characters in The Sound Of Music

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The Sound of Music Complete Vocal Score

The Sound of Music Vocal Selections (Sheet Music)

The Sound of Music Film Version Soundtrack + Bonus

Original Trapp Family Singers CD

Based on The Story Of Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.

audition tip
While "My Favorite Things" is widely overdone as a children's audition piece, "The Lonely Goatherd" is an excellent choice for children with good singing technique.

Audition Preparation Suggestions for
The Sound Of Music

The Sound of Music is still regarded by many as the most famous musical of all time. Written by the classic musical theatre team Rodgers & Hammerstein, it requires singers and actors that are worthy of this classic and beautiful score. While the characters of Maria and the Captain must undoubtably be very high quality performers, this is a show with many great ensemble moments and therefore every single role must be cast with great care. Since most audiences will be familiar with the story, the cast must live up to some high expectations. The nuns must all be very strong singers in order to handle complicated harmonies.

Besides requiring strong voices, the children should all move well at least, and Liesl should dance well. The ballroom scene will likely require ballroom dancing for the adults. Maria & the Captain must dance an Austrian dance together.

Maria Rainer (Mezzo/Soprano, dance, 20s)
a Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey - young, free spirited, warm, gentle and kind with much determination
Captain Georg von Trapp (Baritone, moves well, 40s)
A retired Austrian Naval Captain. Polished and gentle, 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) - very tough exterior
Louisa von Trapp (age 13) - rebellious attitude
Kurt von Trapp (age 10) - falsetto
Brigitta von Trapp (age 9) - smart, reads alot
Marta von Trapp (age 7)
Gretl von Trapp (age 6) - must have the cute factor
Rolf Gruber (Low Tenor, dance, 17)
Suitor to Liesl, telegram delivery boy, later Nazi soldier. A very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way.
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
Mother Abbess (Soprano, wide vocal range, 40+)
Motherly, understanding, strong and authoritative, but kind
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
Elsa Schrader (Soprano, up to high C, moves well, 30+)
A Baroness of taste and elegance, sophisticated, dignified and mature
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
Herr Zeller (Non-singing, 40+ )
Stern and unsmiling, a typical Nazi official whose primary concern is to see that everyone tows the line
Ursula, Baron Elberfeld (30+), A New Postulant, Admiral von Schreiber, neighbors of Captain von Trapp, nuns, novices, postulants and contestants in the Festival Concert.

Sound of Music Related Websites

Audition Preparation Materials

List of Songs in The Sound Of Music (Click the song title to download digital sheet music)

Official Site
Very good site with nice collection of images and movies. Navigation is a little odd but pages load quickly.
Sound of Music
Great page for those who want a multi-media rich site on the classic movie musical.
The Landler
Nice site but with limited content. Navigation is easy and pages are well organized. Good use of theme.

DownloadThe Sound of Music - Original Broadway Cast Recording - Download The Album Now! 

  • Morning Hymn (Nuns)
  • Alleluia (Nuns)
  • Sound of Music, The (Maria)
  • Maria (The Nuns)
  • My Favorite Things (Maria & Children)
  • Do-Re-Mi (Maria & Children)
  • Sixteen Going On Seventeen (Liesl & Rolf)
  • Lonely Goatherd, The (Maria & Children)
  • How Can Love Survive?
  • Landler
  • So Long, Farewell (Children)
  • Nun's Processional (Morning Hymn)
  • Climb Ev'ry Mountain
  • No Way To Stop It
  • An Ordinary Couple
  • Processional
  • Sixteen Going On Seventeen (reprise)
  • Do-Re-Mi (reprise)
  • The Concert
  • Edelweiss (Captain & Leisl)
  • So, Long Farewell (The Concert)
  • Finale Ultimo: Climb Ev'ry Mountain
  • I Have Confidence (from the Movie)
  • Something Good (from the Movie)

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