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Sound of Music (2011)

The Sound of Music is one of the great American theatrical productions. Sadly it was the final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein; Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere. The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, opened on November 16, 1959. It was adapted as a 1965 film musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards. The musical is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

Maria von Trapp died of heart failure on 28 March 1987, in Morrisville, Vermont. She outlived her husband Georg by forty years, he having died before the book, musical, and films appeared. Maria, her husband Georg, Hedwig von Trapp, and Martina von Trapp are interred in the family cemetery at the Von Trapp Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.

source: Wikipedia

The Sound of Music (2011) PERFORMANCES

  • Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 @ 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 @ 8:00pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 @ 2:00pm

Edmund Keefe Auditorium (in Elm Street School)
117 Elm Street, Nashua, NH (map it)

PRODUCTION STAFF

Director ................................................................................. Joe Vago
Musical Director ................................................................. Jed Holland
Choreographer ................................................. Martha Daniels Holland
Producer .................................................................. Charles Emmons
Stage Manager ...............................................................Steven Harper
Assistant Stage Manager ..................................................... Liz Moore
Technical Director .................................................... Dennis Schneider
Set Designer ............................................................ Don Smith-Weiss
Lighting Designer .............................................................. Rick Brooks
Sound Designer .............................................................. Mike O’Keefe
Costumer ................................................................. Raelene Liljeberg
Costume Assistant ............................................................ Cherie Prior

CAST

Maria Rainer ........................................................ Sarah Reese Souter
Mother Abbess ..................................................................... Anne Orio
Sister Berthe .................................................................... Cindy Fisher
Sister Margaretta .............................................................. Katie Weiss
Sister Sophia .................................................................Carol Gorelick
Captain Georg von Trapp .............................................. Erik Duchesne
Franz .......................................................................... Jonathan Fisher
Frau Schmidt ................................................................. Nancy Rosen
Liesl von Trapp ............................................................... Bailie de Lacy
Friedrich von Trapp .......................................................... Ben Gorelick
Louisa von Trapp ..........................................................Maddie Kuchta
Kurt von Trapp ......................................................... Cayden Plummer
Brigitta von Trapp .......................................................... Sammy O’Neil
Marta von Trapp ............................................................... Kelly Frasca
Gretl von Trapp .......................................................... Caitlin Hilterman
Rolf Gruber ....................................................................Spenser Hukill
Elsa Schraeder ...................................................... Allyson Bergendahl
Max Detweiler ................................................................... Bob Frasca
Herr Zeller ......................................................................... Don Higgins
Baron Elberfeld / Priest ...................................................... Mark Kelley
Baroness Elberfeld ..................................................... Nicole Ste Croix
Admiral von Schreiber ........................................................... Joe Reilly
Ursula/Ensemble ............................................................. Barb Amaral
Ensemble ............................................................................ Ann Siglin
Ensemble ........................................................................ Anne Harvey
Ensemble ............................................................ Catherine Prestipino
Ensemble ...................................................................... Cheryl Stocks
Ensemble ............................................................... Diane Iwaskiewicz
Ensemble ............................................................................ Gail Ward
Ensemble .................................................................... Karen Thomas
Ensemble ..................................................................... Kathy Demers
Ensemble ...................................................................... Katrina Fisher
Ensemble ................................................................. Lauren Friedman
Ensemble .......................................................... Mary-Louise Bingham
Ensemble .........................................................................Pam Jordan
Ensemble ...............................................................Sarah Desaulniers
Ensemble ................................................................... Sherri Veneman
Ensemble ....................................................................... Tina Cassidy
Party Guest/Nazi #1 ..................................................... Mark Lawrence
Party Guest/Nazi #2 .................................................... Andrew Holland
Party Guest/Nazi ............................................................Adam Harding
Party Guest/Nazi ................................................................ Dan Weiss
Party Guest/Nazi ........................................................ Gregg Stephens
Party Guest/Nazi .............................................................. Jim Maloney
Party Guest/Nazi ................................................................ Mel Bucklin
Party Guest/Nazi ................................................................... Phil Laks

Scenes & Music (as listed in the Libretto)

Act I
Act II
  • "My Favorite Things" (reprise 2) – Maria and the children
  • "No Way to Stop It" – Elsa, Max and the Captain.
  • "An Ordinary Couple" – Maria and the Captain
  • "Gaudeamus Domino" – Nuns
  • "Maria" (reprise) – Nuns
  • "Confitemini Domino" – Nuns
  • "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" (reprise) – Maria and Liesl
  • "Do-Re-Mi" (reprise) – Maria, the Captain, and the children
  • "Edelweiss" – The Captain
  • "So Long, Farewell" (reprise) – Maria, the Captain, and the children
  • "Finale Ultimo" – Nuns

Casting/Audition Information

For more information of the Sound of Music theatrical production please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sound_of_Music

Principal cast must be excellent singers and actors unless otherwise stated below.  All cast must be able to sing.

Children (10-16years) must be able to move to music, keep time and rhythm. 

The are no children ensemble roles.

Role Ages* Character Description
Maria Rainer 25-35 A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey. A charismatic, full of energy, country girl who has a charming but gawky, awkward physicality and personality, naive, confused about her vocation, naughty, witty, strongminded, tomboyish. Needs to have a obvious affinity with children and an ability to relate at their level.
Captain Baron Georg von Trapp 35-45 A retired very wealthy Austro-Hungarian Naval Lieutenant Commander, distinguished, active, highly organised and regimented, efficient and very smart. A widower with seven children. Strong and yet with a hidden softness. Major plus if actor can play guitar.
The Mother Abbess  40+ A true big-hearted mother figure, loved, adored and respected.
Baroness Elsa Schraeder 35+ A very wealthy widow, President of her late husband’s corporation. Elegant, sophisticated city person. Clever and canny and very much into making a good social arrangement with von Trapp rather than a massive love match. In favour of the new Nazi Regime.
Max Detwieler 40-50 A theatrical agent and First Secretary of Education and Culture.  A personal friend of von Trapp and a sort of uncle to his children. He is clever at his job, witty and charming though quite pushy to get what he wants. We are not sure whose side he is on until the last moment.
Liesl Von Trapp 16-18 Eldest daughter of Von Trapp. Innocent, naïve, infatuated with Rolf, pretty but unsophisticated and tends to think everything is wonderful. Growing up fast with no maternal role model, she represents the juvenile romantic plot.
Rolf Gruber 17-20 The other part of the juvenile romantic plot is the telegram delivery boy friend of Liesl- blond , self-important, boasting and with Hitler as his paternal role model and the Nazi regime as a future goal. He seems to know an enormous amount of what is going on because of his job and seems to relish his spying tactics.
Sister Berthe 30+ No nonsense type, officious and very strict. Not a supporter of Maria.
Sister Margaretta 35+ Kind and understanding supporter of Maria. 
Sister Sophia 25+ Dutiful and kind.  She takes the middle road to avoid controversy.
Friedrich Von Trapp 14 Shy and aloof, desperately needs his father.  Major plus if actor can play guitar.
Louisa Von Trapp 13 Likes to play tricks on people and is quite a tomboy. She misses her mother a great deal.
Kurt Von Trapp 11 A very respectful lad with excellent manners. He is sensitive and easily hurt. Appears quite old for his years as a result.
Brigitta Von Trapp 9 She is an avid reader, always says what she thinks and observes well. She is suspicious of ‘Uncle’  Max.
Marta Von Trapp 7 Very inquisitive and smart for a 7 year old.  Loves her siblings.
Gretl Von Trapp 5 Sweet and loving-doll-like and loves attention.
Franz 40+ (the Butler) Originally a sort of unmarried batman to von Trapp in the Navy, he is now retired into this position as valet, which he carries out with sombre efficiency. He is humourless and appears harmless  but underneath we discover he is secretly plotting with the Nazi party Anschluss and  might have become a major threat had the family not escaped.
Frau Schmidt 40+ (the Housekeeper) Going slightly deaf, she obviously has been around a long time and hates the way she is treated with whistles by the Baron. It affects her dignity. She appears to be a thoroughly reliable member of the staff and respected by all.
Herr Zeller 45+ A sort of district governor appointed by the Nazi Regime to prepare or the Anschluss. He is overbearing, arrogant and autocratic, self-important and pompous.
Baron Elberfeld  50+ A neighbour of von Trapp and one of the “Old Guard” of Austria, violently opposed to the takeover of his beloved country by Nazi Germany. Can double with other roles in the ensemble.
Baroness Elberfeld 40+ Wife of the Baron and a neighbour of the von Trapps
Admiral von Schreiber 45+ An important figure in the Austrian Navy and appears to be much respected by von Trapp. He has obviously agreed to be part of the new regime with Germany.
Ensemble 18+ Roles include neighbours of von Trapp, nuns, novices, postulants, contestants in the Festival Concert.
  *Age are listed so actors/actresses must be able to 'look' the part in that age.  They need not physcally be that age.
   

 

Directors Notes

For me, community theatre is a place where I can temporarily retreat from daily life into a world that is distinctly "other. " Here we create - and for a time live in - an alternate reality. How fortunate we are to present that reality as entertainment to friends and family who fill our audiences. The hardworking volunteers that make up the Actorsingers theatre group are champions of this escape. They work remarkably hard to sustain a place where designers, actors, and technicians can come together to build something unique – and present the results to you. Our common goal is that for a few hours of your time, you too can transcend to that “other” place where life is enchanting, obstacles seem impossible, and life is both heartbreaking and heroic.

As the director, the greatest challenge with The Sound of Music is to present the beloved musical in a way that is honest to the script and yet finds new elements in the story to keep it fresh. One such element we added is the song “Something Good” which was not in the original stage play, but was added in the movie. This song is one of the new elements that I personally love. The placement of the songs “The Lonely Goatherd” and “Favorite Things” were switched for more dramatic impact and because it also creates an extra element of fun. We chose to shorten some reprises to shorten the show. The von Trapp house was made as an exterior set which provides more levels to play upon and allows faster (and fewer) scene changes. I would go on but I don’t want spoil anything else for you.

Tonight, please join the Actorsingers as we shift to pre-World War II Austria to meet Maria, the von Trapp family, all of the Nuns and the Nazis that become the The Sound of Music. If you find that you fall in love with the von Trapp children, Georg, Maria, and the wonderful music in this show – please look around you. I expect you will be among friends.

Joe L. Vago, Director Dedicated to the memory of Vivian J. Vago

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