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Audition Information

The Sound of Music Auditions: March 17, 18, and 31, 2012

Performance Dates & Rehearsals...

Performances are Thursdays-Sundays, July 6-August 11, 2012

Rehearsals are currently scheduled to begin mid-to-late May, 2012

Audition Dates & Scheduling...

Primary auditions are scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, March 17-18, and Saturday, March 31. Callbacks will be held Sunday, April 1 (and possibly Saturday, April 7).

  • Individuals 7 years of age and older are invited to audition.
  • ZTP warmly encourages actors of all ethnic/racial backgrounds to audition.
  • These are paid positions.

All auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or ask questions, please contact us at auditions@zilker.org.

If you are unable to attend auditions, please contact us to receive information about video audition guidelines.

Note to AEA Members: At this time, ZIlker Theatre Productions is unable to hire Actor's Equity Association members. We are hopeful to be able to work out an agreement sometime in the future.

What to Prepare...

• Prepare to sing 32 bars of a musical theatre song, in the style of the show, that best shows your range and vocal ability – be aware that we may stop you after 8 bars.

• Bring sheet music (already in your key) for the pianist; no a cappella or taped accompaniment allowed.

• Bring a headshot and resumé.

• PLEASE NOTE: ACTORS MAY BE ASKED TO STAY FOR A GROUP DANCE AUDITION. Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear for the dance audition (jazz or ballet, please bring pointe shoes if proficient in ballet - NO TAP); the dance audition (by invitation) will be in the form of a group dance call.

About the Show...


The Sound of Music opened at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959, and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s last musical was a triumph. It ran for 1,443 performances and earned seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the score but, for the only time in the history of their partnership, the task of writing the book did not go to Hammerstein. Instead, the musical’s librettists were Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.


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.


Listen to song clips from the Original Broadway Cast CD [NOTE: link will open a new browser window/tab on amazon.com and may require installing a browser plug-in to hear the clips]

Character Breakdown (color blind casting)...


Maria Rainer (musical theatre mix/soprano, dance, 20-35)

  • A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey – young, free spirited, warm, gentle and kind with much determination. Plays guitar.

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. Plays guitar.

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. A confirmed bachelor.

Elsa Schrader (mezzo soprano, moves well, 25-40)

  • 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. Soulful voice.



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+, Dancer)

  • The von Trapp butler, rather formal but not without spirit, he is very German and loyal to the Fascist cause. He will be a featured dancer.

Frau Schmidt (non-singing, 30+, Dancer)

  • The housekeeper, stoic, very little personality; she does her job efficiently but without affection. Strong and somewhat dominating. She will be a featured dancer.

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)

  • Suitor to Liesl, telegram delivery boy, later Nazi soldier. A very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way. Bicycle and ballet skills required.


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, instrument)

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

Louisa von Trapp (age 13, instrument)

  • Rebellious attitude.

Kurt von Trapp (age 10, falsetto, instrument)

  • Gentle and mischievous.

Brigitta von Trapp (age 9, instrument)

  • Smart, reads a lot.

Marta von Trapp (age 7, instrument)

  • Very sweet and gentle.

Gretl von Trapp (age 6, instrument)

  • Must have the cute factor.



  • 3-4 Austrian children (who may understudy the roles of the von Trapp children)
  • 5-10 male chorus members (16-60+ years) – Nazi soldiers, neighbours, 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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Zilker Theatre Productions is the producer of the nation's longest continuously running outdoor musical with free admission. Zilker Theatre Productions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with an audience of 50,000+ annually, with a completely self-generated budget of over $150,000. Approximately 50% of its funds are raised through contributions of individuals and audience members. This year, Zilker Theatre Productions is excited to celebrate 53 years of the Zilker Summer Musical.


Zilker Theatre Productions

Celebrating 55 years of family-oriented musical entertainment!
the longest running outdoor production of its type in the United States