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Director/Choreographer: Bentley Black

Vocal Director: Patti House

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including "Climb Every 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. 


WHEN: Saturday, August 13th. Auditions will be held based on age groups. See details below.


AUGUST 13TH @ 9:00 AM

AGES 7-15


A mandatory movement call will begin at 9:00am, and individual vocal appointments will begin at 10:00am for performers ages 7-15. Please click here to reserve your vocal audition slot if you or your child is between the ages of 7-15. Callbacks will be held on the same day (by invitation only) at 6:00pm. 


AUGUST 13TH @ 2:00 PM

AGES 16+

A mandatory movement call will begin at 1:00pm, and individual vocal appointments will begin at 2:00pm for performers ages 16 & up. Please click here to reserve your vocal audition slot if you are over the age of 16. Callbacks will be held on the same day (by invitation only) at 6:00pm. 

Please dress appropriately for the movement call. No flip flops or sandals. In order to expedite the process, we ask that you bring your audition form completed to sign-in (listed at the bottom of the page).


WHERE: Maples Memorial United Methodist Church: 8745 Goodman Rd Olive Branch, MS 38654.

WHO: Casting all roles in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. Actors ages 7+. 

WHAT TO PREPARE: Please prepare 32 bars (30-60 seconds) of a song in the style of the show. You may sing from the show. Please bring either your own track or sheet music in the correct key. A pianist will be in attendance and a bluetooth speaker will be provided. We will not have tracks available so you must provide your own. No Acapella auditions. If you have any questions, email

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring an 8x10 headshot and résumé stapled. If you do not have a headshot, please bring a current photo. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the movement call. No sandals or flip flops. Bring a completed audition form. You can find this form at the bottom of this page. 

If you are unable to attend auditions on August 13th, you may submit a video audition. All video submissions must be received by 12:00 PM CST on Friday, August 12th. Please include a 30-60 second vocal selection in the style of the show. Once you are ready to submit, be sure to include your video audition, headshot, résumé and completed audition form. Send all materials to If anything additional is needed from you, we will contact you on Saturday, August 13th. 

Rehearsals begin September 6th. A tentative rehearsal schedule will be provided at auditions.

Character Breakdown:​

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.

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.

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 7+, to play age 6) 
Must have the cute factor. 

Ensemble: Miscellaneous roles to include Nuns, Novices, Postulants, Nazi soldiers, Salzburg 
citizens, etc. 

DFT is committed to equitable and inclusive casting practices.

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