The Sound Of Music Karaoke
The Sound of Music 1965 Film Version on DVD
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.
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.