The Sound of Music

Auditions will be March 30th and 31st starting at 6 p.m. in the Leslie W. Johnson Theatre. The artistic team has asked performers to prepare 32 bars (measures) of a song in the style of the show, preferably not from The Sound of Music. We often suggest something like a piece from another Rodgers & Hammerstein musical (i.e., The King and I, Carousel, South Pacific, etc.) or one of their contemporaries (examples: Lerner & Lowe, who wrote My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, and Camelot, Meredith Wilson, who wrote The Music Man, etc.). We’ll be hearing auditions for actors aged 5 and up!

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.


Maria – Bethany Leinss

Captain George Von Trapp – David Neese

Mother Abbess – Koral Rose Curkeet

Sister Berthe – Michelle Bestul

Sister Margaretta – Sandy Kasten

Sister Sophia – Jackie Blindauer

Franz – David Quinn

Frau Schmidt – Janis Brunn

Elsa – Rachel Brooks

Ursula – Tiffany Bauer

Max – Duncan Doherty

Liesl – Eulalia Carriveau

Friedrich – Charlie Graves

Louisa – Bridget Bullard

Brigitta – Andi Roehl

Marta – Laurynn List

Kurt – Connor Martin

Gretl – Bella Rudell

Rolf – Steven Lee

Admiral von Schreiber – Bob Weber

Ensemble – Janis Brunn, Gina M. Carriveau, Elizabeth Jaeger, Clark R. Kirst, Angela Landgraf, Erica Manier, Roberta Meyer, Dakota Ortiz, Lacey Pfister, Madi Pfister, Danielle Rammer, Susan Salm, Bernie Sturzewski, Tracie Wessels, Jennifer Wunderlin


Production Staff

Director: Pat Payne

Music Director: Ray Rhoads

Choreographer: Hannah Benton

Stage Manager: Shari Roehl,  Assistant Stage Manager: Chandrika Abhang

Managing Director: Tom Berger

Set Design: Bernie Markevitch

Costume Design: Bev Dulmes, Ben Gartmann

Light Design: Pat Smith

Sound Design: Gary Kaiser

Properties: Nan Gibson

Make-Up Design:Cathy Perronne

Master Carpenter: Phil Zimmermann, Nan Gibson

Paint Master: Bernie Markevitch

Program Design/Layout: Erik Tanck


Asst. Music Director/ keyboard l: John Tengowski

Keyboard ll: Nicole Phelan

Guitar/Mandolin/Tuba: Hunter Lewinski

Flute l: Kara Kaltenbrun

Flute ll: Caroline Hundley

Clarinet l: Ashley Wilson

Clarinet ll: Justin Bricco

Oboe: Allison Pond

French Horn: Becky Prestley

Trumpet: Rachel Potyen

Percussion: Megan Wood