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AUDITION NOTICES

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Richey Suncoast Theatre is proud to announce the upcoming auditions and technical interviews for:

The Sound of Music


BOOK Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse
MUSIC Richard Rodgers
LYRICS Oscar Hammerstein II

SYNOPSIS (StageAgent.com)
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and the title number, "The Sound of Music" won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision. Richey Suncoast Theatre heads into our 50th season with this classic musical. So please come take part in this fun family event and support your local Community Theater!

AUDITION DATES:
~ Sunday, June 30th, 2024 at 6:30 pm
~ Monday, July 1st, 2024 at 6:30 pm

No experience is necessary. All roles are open. This is a non-paid performing and volunteer opportunity. There are nominal stipends available for certain offstage volunteer positions.

LOCATION:
Auditions, most rehearsals, and performances will be held at Richey Suncoast Theatre
6237 Grand Blvd. New Port Richey, Fl 34652


Free street parking is available. Please enter through the main lobby doors.

PRODUCTION DATES:

~September 6, 7, 13 & 14 @ 7 PM, September 8 & 15 @ 2 PM

If you would like to audition, please fill out this online form BEFORE 5 PM on the day of auditions:

https://forms.gle/iHDZPEgkQuHaQMCBA

If you would like to share your interest in volunteering backstage for this production, please fill out this form online before January 29, 2024.

 

REHEARSALS AND TECH WEEK:

Rehearsals: There will be up to 20 rehearsals for this production, plus tech week and performances. The exact rehearsal schedule is to be determined (based on cast availability), but rehearsals are usually 2 - 3 weekday nights per week, from approximately 7 pm - 9:30 pm, and Sunday evening rehearsals from approximately 5 pm -9 pm. The rehearsal schedule intensifies as opening night draws closer.

MANDATORY Tech Week: Sunday, September 1st – Thursday September 5th, 2024

**Tech week rehearsals can run later into the evening. Be aware that we must run the entire show each night and sometimes that will mean rehearsals can last longer.


Anyone with an active role during performances, including actors, stage crew, and stage managers, must be available and present for all tech week rehearsals. If you miss

Headshots and resumes are encouraged but optional.
You may send it in advance to jglass@richeysuncoasttheatre.com.

PLEASE LIST ANY AND ALL POTENTIAL DATE SCHEDULE CONFLICTS ON THE ONLINE FORMS. Casting and staffing decisions and rehearsal schedules are based in part on this information. We understand that sometimes things change, but this is an abbreviated rehearsal schedule, and we need to be sure that everyone is available for all rehearsals when they are called.

Fill out this form before auditions!!
https://forms.gle/iHDZPEgkQuHaQMCBA

PREPARATION - PERFORMERS:
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, a movement audition, and a 1-minute musical theatre piece of your choice, in the style of The Sound of Music (but preferably not from the show.)
This is a musical, so please prepare a 1-minute musical theatre piece that will show off the best parts of your voice.
You may sing either a cappella or with a backing track on your device. If you have an iPhone, please bring a dongle adaptor to plug into our sound system.


Monologues are not required but are welcome.

 

Available Character/Role Information
No parts have been precast; all roles are available at this time.

LEAD ADULT CHARACTERS:


Maria Rainer (musical theatre mix/soprano, dance, 20-35) - A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey – young, free spirited, warm, gentle and kind with much determination.

Captain Georg von Trapp (baritone, moves well, 35-45) - A retired Austrian naval captain. Polished, 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.

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.

Elsa Schrader (mezzo soprano, moves well, 35-45) - A baroness of taste and elegance, sophisticated, dignified and mature.

Mother Abbess (legit soprano, wide vocal range, 40+, very strong actress) - Motherly, understanding, strong and authoritative, but kind.

 

FEATURED CHARACTERS:


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.

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.

Herr Zeller (non-singing, 40+) - Stern and unsmiling, a typical Nazi official whose primary concern is to see that everyone toes the line.

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.

 

LEAD CHILDREN’S ROLES:


All children, apart from their character description must be able to be conservative with their emotions and “serious.”

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) - Tough exterior, very much trying to be “the man” of the family.

Louisa von Trapp (age 13) - Rebellious attitude.

Kurt von Trapp (age 10, falsetto) - Gentle and mischievous.

Brigitta von Trapp (age 9) - Smart, reads a lot.

Marta von Trapp (age 7) - Very sweet and gentle.

Gretl von Trapp (age 6)  - Must have the cute factor.

ENSEMBLE / CHORUS:
 

5-10 male chorus members (16-60+ years) – Nazi soldiers, neighbors, Salzburg  - citizens and Georg’s friends (of naval background).
5-10 female chorus members (16-60+ years) – Salzburg citizens, new postulant, nuns, novices, postulants and contestants in the Festival Concert.

 

**OFFSTAGE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Note - in addition the regular time commitments for these roles, all production team members will be asked to attend periodic production meetings by Zoom.

Costumer:
Experience required. Sewing and alteration skills are a must.
Must be capable of delivering the director's vision promptly. We shop at thrift stores, we borrow items, and in some cases, we build items from scratch. This opportunity requires creative thinking outside the box and resourcefulness.

Props Coordinator:
No experience required.
Optional to work as props master for performances, but not required.

Lead Set Builder: 18+
Experience preferred.
The lead set builder must be willing and able to supervise volunteers on set build day to ensure the set is completed on time.

Set Dresser:
Experience preferred.
Attends and runs set dress day, supervising volunteers to ensure that the set is painted and dressed to fulfill the director's vision.

Lighting Designer:
Previous experience required.
This work involves climbing ladders, walking on the catwalk and using the cherry picker, repositioning equipment as needed.
The lighting designer is also responsible for preparing a lighting cue script for the light operator before the first day of tech week (Sunday).

 

 

- You may apply to audition AND apply for offstage opportunities (in the event you are not cast), though some offstage positions may be filled before the audition dates. If you apply to audition AND to volunteer offstage, we will assume your first preference is to perform.

***All performers wishing to audition and all volunteers wishing to fill an offstage production volunteer position MUST complete the appropriate online form(s) IN ADVANCE of the audition dates.

 

 

Complete the online forms before audition dates at:
https://forms.gle/iHDZPEgkQuHaQMCBA

Any questions may be directed to Jess Glass - Director, Designer, Performer on Facebook or jglass@richeysuncoasttheatre.com

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