The Sound of Music

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.

Dates / Times:

  • Thursday, Feb 13th @ 7:00pm
  • Friday, Feb 14th @ 10:00am  
  • Friday, Feb 14th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 15th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Feb 15th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Feb 16th @ 2:00pm
  • School Days Performance

Ticket Prices:

* Prices may vary by performance.

Bell Cultural Events Center MidAmerica Nazarene University:

2030 E. College Way, Olathe, KS 66062-1899

Show Notes:

Audition Information:
Friday, November 22, 2019 
430 - 830
Audition Location:
Church of the Resurrection
13720 Roe Ave
Bldg C Rm C020
6800 W. 153rd St.
Leawood, KS 66224
Callback Information:
Saturday, November 23, 2019
9:00 - 1:00
Callback Location:
CYT Studios
6800 West 153rd Street
Overland Park, KS  66223
More Audition Information HERE

Artistic Team:
Director: Meagan Prendergast
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Jordan Wegele
Music Director: Ben Wray
Choreographer: Nick Perry

South Production Coordinator:
Cindy Ascher

Character Breakdown:

Maria Rainer-  SING / ACT Maria is a sweet young postulant whose love of freedom makes it obvious to her superiors that she is not suited for religious life at the Nonnberg Abbey. Maria is full of energy, passionate, country girl who has a charming but gawky, awkward physicality and personality, naive, naughty, witty, strong-minded, and tomboyish. Needs to have an obvious connection with children and an ability to relate at their level. 
Captain Georg Von Trapp-  SING /ACT A retired very wealthy Austro-Hungarian Naval Lieutenant Commander, distinguished, active, handsome, highly organized and regimented, efficient and very smart. The Captain is a widower with seven children who is strong and firm with a hidden softness. 
The Mother Abbess of Nonnberg Abbey-  SING / ACT A true big-hearted mother figure, loved, adored and respected. 
Baroness Elsa Schraeder-  SING / ACT A very wealthy widow, who is president of her late husband’s corporation. Elegant, sophisticated city person. Clever and canny and very much into making a good social arrangement 
Max Detwieler - SING/ ACT/SOME DANCE A theatrical agent and First Secretary of Education and Culture- 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. Wit and humor personality of the show. 
Liesl Von Trapp - SING/ ACT/SOME DANCE Eldest daughter of Von Trapp. Innocent, naïve, infatuated with Rolf, pretty but unsophisticated and tends to think everything is wonderful. She has a maternal edge to her and cares very deeply for her younger siblings. Growing up fast with no maternal role model, she represents the juvenile romantic plot. 
Friedrich Von Trapp -  SING/ ACT/SOME DANCE Tough exterior, very much trying to be “the man” of the family; desperately needs his father. Must play guitar. 
Louisa Von Trapp -  SING/ ACT/SOME DANCE Likes to play tricks on people and is quite a tomboy; Rebellious attitude. She misses her mother a great deal. 
Kurt von Trapp - SING/ ACT/SOME DANCE. Gentle and mischievous.
Brigitta Von Trapp -  SING/ ACT/SOME DANCE She is a smart avid reader, always says what she thinks and observes well. She is suspicious of ‘Uncle’ Max.
Marta Von Trapp -  SING/ ACT/SOME DANCE Very inquisitive, smart and gentle. 
Gretl Von Trapp -  SING/ ACT/SOME DANCESweet and loving-doll-like and wants attention. Must have the cute factor. 
Rolf Gruber - SING/ ACT/SOME DANCE The other part of the juvenile romantic plot is the telegram delivery boy friend of Liesl blond, self-important, boasting, a very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way. Rolf has 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 -Mistress of Novices - SING / ACT No nonsense type, officious and very strict. Not a supporter of Maria. 
Sister Margaretta -Mistress of Postulants-SING / ACT Kind and understanding supporter of Maria 
Sister Sophia-SING / ACT Dutiful and kind-takes the middle road to avoid controversy. 
Franz- The Butler (Non-Singing) ACT Originally a sort of protector to Captain Von Trapp in the Navy, he is now retired into this position as valet, which he carries out with somber efficiency. He is humorless 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 –The Housekeeper (Non-singing) ACT Going slightly deaf, very little personality; she does her job efficiently but without affection. She is strong and somewhat dominating. She 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 (Non-singing) ACT The Gauleiter-a sort of district governor appointed by the Nazi Regime to prepare the Anschluss. He is overbearing, arrogant and autocratic, self-important and pompous. Stern and unsmiling, a typical Nazi official whose primary concern is to see that everyone toes the line. 
Baron Elberfeld (Non-singing) ACT A neighbor of Captain Von Trapp and one of the “Old Guards” of Austria, violently opposed to the takeover of his beloved country by Nazi Germany. Can double with other roles in the ensemble.
Baroness Elberfeld-(Non-singing) ACT A neighbor of Captain Von Trapp and wife to the Baron Elberfeld.
A Postulant - ACT A smart, well-dressed young girl who has a walk-on moment only-no dialogue. Can join with the women nun ensemble. 
Admiral von Schreiber-(Non-singing) ACT An important figure in the Austrian Navy and appears to be much respected by Captain von Trapp. He has obviously agreed to be part of the new regime with Germany. 
Saengerbund of Herwegen Trio-(Non-singing) ACT Three person performance group who wins 3rd place in the Festival Concert. 
Fraulein Schweiger-(Non-singing) ACT Female performer who wins 2nd place in the Festival Concert 
Men: Strong actors needed to perform the onstage roles for the Nazi soldiers, dancing neighbors and friends who come to Captain Von Trapp’s party, Salzburg citizens, and Georg’s friends of naval background who participate in the Festival Concert. Strong actors, singers and dancers are also needed to perform “The Lonely Goatherd” scene. 
Women: Strong actors and singers needed to compose the nuns, novices, and postulants who live in the Nonnberg Abby.