THE SOUND OF MUSIC - CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

Maria Rainer, a Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey

 

The Mother Abbess

 

Sister Berthe, Mistress of Novices

 

Sister Margaretta, Mistress of Postulants

 

Sister Sophia

 

Captain Georg von Trapp

 

Franz, the Butler

 

Frau Schmidt, the Housekeeper

 

*Lisel, age 16

 

*Friedrich, age 14

 

*Louisa, age 13

 

*Kurt, age 10

 

*Brigitta, age 9

 

*Marta, age 7

 

*Gretl, the youngest, age 5

 

Rolf Gruber, age 17

 

Elsa Schraeder

 

Max Detweiler

 

Herr Zeller and Frau Zeller

 

Baron Elberfeld and Baroness Elberfeld

 

A New Postulant

 

Admiral von Schreiber

 

*von Trapp Children

THE SOUND OF MUSIC - CHARACTER SYNOPSIS

 

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.

 

Frau Zeller (non-singing 40+)   The wife of Herr Zeller, accompanies her husband to the party that the Captain throws for Elsa.

 

Baron Elberfeld (non-singing 40+) The Baron is a guest at the party that the Captain has thrown for Elsa, and is arguing with Herr Zeller, that he is Austrian, and will remain Austrian no matter the agenda of the Nazi Party in Germany.

 

Baron Elberfeld (non-singing 40 +) The wife of Baron Elberfeld, accompanies her husband to the party that the Captain throws for Elsa.

 

Admiral von Schreiber (non-singing 40+) Stern, is a German Admiral who has come from Berlin to bring the Captain his official request to come join the German Army, now that Austria has fallen to Germany.

 

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.

 

A New Postulant (non-singing, non-speaking 19+) A distinctively and attractively dressed young woman, who has come to Nonnberg Abbey to start her journey as a nun.

 

 

LEAD CHILDREN’S ROLES:

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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