Angles Theatre Wisbech
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Character information Please note these are playing ages not actual.
▪ Maria Rainer (soprano/mezzo, some dance, early-mid 20’s)
A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey. She is young, free spirited, warm and kind. She is from the Austrian countryside, an orphan, who has used her resourcefulness, intelligence and inner confidence to overcome the difficulties of her early life. There is a part of her that wants sheltering from the uncertainties of the outside world as well, and that, coupled with her absolute faith in God’s will, is what has led her to seek life as a nun. The actor who plays Maria must have versatility, a powerful voice, great sense of natural humor, ability to move well.
▪ Mother Abbess (powerful soprano, wide vocal range, 45-70, strong actress) Motherly, understanding, authoritative, she is Maria’s guiding light. Her years have brought her wisdom, patience and inner confidence.
▪ Sister Berthe (alto) Mistress of Novices (30-60)
She is the most critical nun, finding all the faults in Maria’s conduct, and may be a
▪ Sister Margaretta (mezzo) Mistress of Postulants (30-60)
She has a good sense of humor, and so appreciates what is humorous in Maria’s
▪ Sister Sophia (soprano) (30-60)
She is more inclined to notice the positive aspects of Maria’s conduct. All three are
frustrated with Maria’s inability to settle into the lifestyle of the Abbey.
▪ Franz (non-singing, 40+, strong actor)
The von Trapp butler, formerly the Captain’s orderly on shipboard; formal, but not
without spirit; his loyalties move very swiftly to the Fascist cause.
▪ Frau Schmidt (non-singing, 40+, strong actor)
The housekeeper, rather stoic, but with a guarded sense of humor; she knows how to run the household as the Captain wishes it.
▪ Captain Georg von Trapp (baritone, moves well, 35-45)
A retired Austrian naval captain. Educated, polished, and military in the way he runs his life, his home and his children’s lives. The father of seven, ranging in age from six to sixteen, he is a widower. When we meet him he is still in mourning over the death of his wife; his unconscious defence has been to push his children away and remove himself from the home that reminds him too much of what he has lost, resulting in a cool, detached exterior; underneath, he is warm, understanding, and as much in need of love himself as are his children.
▪ Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, strong dancer, 16)
The oldest child, blossoming into a woman, and smitten by Rolf. She also has a maternal edge and cares deeply for her younger siblings. Initially she thinks herself too old to need a governess; she discovers otherwise.
▪ Friedrich von Trapp – age 14
Proud to be “the oldest boy” in this family of mostly girls, and an often-absent father.
▪ Louisa von Trapp – age 13
The trickster of the family, kind but full of mischief.
▪ Kurt von Trapp – age 10
Gentle and a peacemaker. He dances the Laendler with Maria at the ball.
▪ Brigitta von Trapp – age 9
Smart, reads a lot, always tells the truth, even when it may be inappropriate.
▪ Marta von Trapp – age 7
Very much the little princess; pink is her favorite colour.
▪ Gretl von Trapp – age 6
Very cute, just wants to be loved.
▪ Max Detweiller (baritone, 40’s-50s)
Charming and sophisticated, enjoys the good life, which he can’t afford, so he avails himself of the Captain’s hospitality at every opportunity. He is practical and sees the coming of Nazism as unavoidable which brings him into conflict with the Captain.
Ultimately, he proves to be a true and loyal friend to the family.
▪ Elsa Schrader (mezzo, moves well, 35-40)
A baroness of taste and elegance; she is sophisticated and worldly. Like Max, she will find a way to accommodate the coming Anschluss. She tolerates the children, but would prefer to send them off to boarding school, so that she and the Captain could spend more time in Vienna. She loves the Captain in a measured way; he represents good social standing and a continuation of the comfortable, luxurious lifestyle she enjoys.
▪ Rolf Gruber (tenor, ideally a strong dancer or very good mover, 17)
Rolf is a telegraph delivery boy on bicycle, and is later drawn into the Nazi youth movement. He and Liesl look for every opportunity to see one another.
▪ Herr Zeller (non-singing, 40+, strong actor)
A Bureaucratic neighbour who becomes an early Nazi official in Austria. He is critical of the Captain’s loyalties to the old Austria, and ultimately, as an official of the Third Reich, leads the move to take the Captain into Nazi naval service at the end of the show; He is hard-nosed and inflexible.
▪ Admiral Von Schreiber (non-singing, 40+, strong actor)
The Admiral of the Navy of the Third Reich. He arrives in Act 2 to escort the Captain to his forced commission. He is more flexible and accommodating than Zeller.
▪ Men and Women Ensemble/chorus members (16-60+ years)
Roles include; nuns, monks, priests, novices, postulants, guests at the Captain’s party, Salzburg citizens, and Contestants/performers in the Festival Concert which takes place at the end of Act 2.
▪ These Open Auditions will be held on SUNDAY 14th MAY at 10 am at The Angles Theatre Wisbech
▪ The roles to be auditioned are: Liesl (girl) aged 16,
Friedrich (boy) ~ 14, with unbroken voice, Louisa (girl) ~ 13,
Kurt (boy) ~ 10, Brigitta (girl) ~ 9, Marta (girl) ~ 7, Gretl (girl) ~ 5.
▪ THE AUDITIONING CHILDREN NEED TO APPEAR THE AGE STATED ABOVE ON STAGE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR ACTUAL AGE.
▪ Auditionees will be expected to know the songs ‘The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music’ and ‘The Lonely
All children will be asked to sing and move on the audition day.
▪ For those cast, rehearsals will begin in August and run right through until the show in October. To begin with most rehearsals for the children will be on Sundays but will include weekdays nearer the show.
▪ Performance dates are 11th October to 19th October 2019.