AUDITION NOTICE: The Sound of Music at Plaza Theatre Company

November 26th or 27th between the hours of 7pm and 10pm

Plaza Theatre Company – 111 S. Main St, Cleburne, TX

Auditions are by appointment only. Audition appointments can be made by visiting here or by calling the Plaza Theatre Box Office at 817-202-0600. The audition will be held at Plaza Academy at 221 S. Mill Street (1 block from the theatre)

The show will be Directed by Jodie & Soni Barrus with Musical Direction by Soni Barrus, Choreography by Tabitha Barrus and Stage Management by Emily Warwick.

AUDITION INFORMATION
Those auditioning are asked to come prepared to sing 16 bars of music in the style of the show that will best display their vocal ability. An accompanist will be provided. Additionally, auditioners will be asked to read cold from the script during the initial audition. The directors will spend around 5 to 10 minutes with each individual auditioner at this initial audition.

A call back audition will be held on Saturday December 1st at 9am. Those auditioners who the Directors wish to see further will be invited to the call back audition which may last up to 4 hours time. PLEASE REFER TO THE PLAZA AUDITION GUIDELINES AS WELL AS THE PLAZA AUDITION CREDO WHEN PREPARING YOUR AUDITION FOR THE SOUND OF MUSIC. The guidelines and Credo can be found at plaza-theatre.com/auditions

PRODUCTION INFORMATION
The production will play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoons opening on February 1st and playing through March 9th. Rehearsals will commence on December 5th and take place Monday thru Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings till opening. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.

SHOW INFORMATION
Too high-spirited for the religious life, Maria is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain von Trapp. She gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, however upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis. The family’s narrowly escapes to Switzerland providing one of the most inspirational finales ever presented in musical theatre.

ABOUT THE THEATRE
Plaza Theatre Company is a 158 seat theatre-in-the-round located at 111 S. Main in Cleburne, TX. The Company produces 10 shows a year usually in the style of family-friendly comedies and musicals. PlazaCo opened in November of 2006 and is currently producing it’s 59th show. The Company has been the proud recipient of over 37 Column Awards including winning “Best Musical” in 2009 and 2010  in addition to recently being named “Best Theatre Group” by the WFAA A-List for 2011. Further information about PlazaCo is available by visiting www.plaza-theatre.com

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
Maria Rainer (soprano, 20-35) – A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey; free-spirited, warm, kind, determined. (guitar-playing a plus)
Captain Georg von Trapp (baritone, 35-50) – Retired Austrian naval captain. Strict military demeanor masks grief for his deceased wife, obscuring his warmth and understanding, but not his patriotism. (guitar-playing a plus)
Max Detweiller (tenor/baritone, 35+) – Loyal friend of Georg. Animated and charming,  but not a caricature.
Elsa Shrader (mezzo, 25-40) – An elegant baroness, Georg’s love interest. Sophisticated, dignified, a practiced veneer that can totally hide heartbreak… almost.
Mother Abbess (soprano, 40+) – Head of the Abbey. Strong, authoritative, yet understanding and maternal.
Sister Berthe (alto, 40+) – Mistress of Novices at the Abbey. Sharp-tongued, prudish, less tolerant than most.
Sister Margaretta (mezzo, 40+) – Mistress of Postulants at the Abbey. Understanding, considerate.
Sister Sophia (soprano, 30-50) – Rule-abiding, understanding nun at the Abbey.
Franz (30+) – von Trapp butler. Formal, spirited, loyal German.
Frau Schmidt (30+) – von Trapp housekeeper. Efficient, dispassionate, strong presence.
Herr Zeller (40+) – Stern, stoic Nazi official. A local enforcer of the change in rule.

Youth roles (must play their age, but don’t have to be the exact listed age):

Rolf Gruber (tenor/baritone, 17) – Telegram delivery boy, then Nazi recruit. Suitor to Liesl. Pleasant and young. Hard to believe he’d become a Nazi, then equally hard to believe he’d bend the rules.
Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, 16) – The oldest child, very ready to be grown-up but still not a grown up yet. Somewhat maternal to her younger siblings.
Friedrich von Trapp (14) – A boy. Almost a man. Tries to be the man of the house in his father’s absences, but not quite ready for it.
Louisa von Trapp (13) – Rebellious. Voted most likely to short-sheet your bed.
Kurt von Trapp (falsetto, 11-almost) – Part mischief, part gentle.
Brigitta von Trapp (9) – Smart, but overly honest. Voted most likely to do her homework.
Marta von Trapp (7) – Sweet, gentle. Likes pink, but there’s more to her than that.
Gretl von Trapp (6) – Capable of owning the stage by herself, and tugging audience heartstrings with her little finger.

Salzburg Community:

Baron Elberfeld – von Trapp neighbor. Proud Austrain.
Baroness Elberfeld – wife of the Baron. Classy and sophisticated.
Admiral Von Schreiber – Admiral of the Third Reich Navy.
Trio of the saengerbund of Herwegen – three award-winning singers.
Fraulein Schweiger – First soloist of the St. Agathe’s Church choir.
Ursula (20-50) – von Trapp house/kitchen servant.
Nuns, Postulants
Nazi soldiers
Salzburg neighbors – members of high society

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