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The Sound of Music - von Trapp Family Children Auditions

The Sound of Music Children Call-Out

We are holding auditions for the roles of the von Trapp children in a major new production of The Sound of Music.

We are looking for children and young people aged between 6 and 16 years old (see details below) to audition for the iconic roles of the von Trapp children – Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta and Gretl. No acting experience is required but a love of singing is a must. All attendees will be asked to sing and dance in a group and read from a script, no preparation is required. We will be casting teams of six young people to appear as the von Trapp family from 15 November to 22 December.

 

Elizabeth Newman, Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director and director of The Sound of Music said:

“I’m over the moon that we are going to produce The Sound of Music for audiences this year and now, as the director, I am so excited to embark on the journey of finding our very own von Trapp children! The young people undoubtedly carry the spirit of the story and so it is vital we begin our search. We are looking to find local young people aged between 6 and 16 years old who’d like to take on the challenge of playing the iconic characters Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta and dear Gretl. I have no doubt these children will enchant audiences as we bring this timeless and indeed relevant story of love, courage, and music to the Pitlochry stage.”

Inspired by the book The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp, The Sound of Music is set in Austria, 1938, and tells the story of the irrepressible Maria as she begins to doubt her vocation, leaving her convent to become governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp, a widower and retired naval officer. She soon turns the Captain’s orderly life upside down and instils a love of music in his, as well as in each of his children’s hearts. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a difficult decision that will change their lives forever.

Featuring a treasure trove of cherished songs, including Climb Ev’ry MountainThe Sound of MusicMy Favourite ThingsDo-Re-Mi, and Sixteen Going on SeventeenThe Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars in the much-loved 1965 film version featuring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Rehearsals will take place from 14 October to 14 November, mostly in the evenings and weekends. The young companies will alternate the performances from 15 November to 22 December. There will also be a pre-rehearsal/workshop week in the week commencing 15 July.

Auditions for The Sound of Music will take place at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Tuesday 7 May and Wednesday 8 May between 5-7pm.


Important Information

  • No acting experience is required but a love of singing, acting and dancing.
  • If your child or young person has access needs please let us know.
  • Staff in the Studio will be PVG checked.
  • Parents/carers will wait in the café, which will remain open.
  • Bring water and wear comfortable clothes.
  • Phones will not be allowed in auditions.
  • Auditionees must be aged from 6 to 16
    • 6 on the date of the audition
    • 16 years old on 23 December

Key dates

7 May or 8 May, 5-7pm. In-person auditions will be held in the Studio at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Registration at 5pm.

15 Jul (week commencing). Pre-rehearsal week for the young company.

14 Oct – 14 Nov. Up to 3 rehearsals per week 4-7pm and Saturdays. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal.

11 – 14 Nov. Technical rehearsals, young company will be called.

15 Nov – 22 Dec. Public performances, the young companies will alternate performances.

Performance dates:

16, 20 – 24, 27 – 30 November and 1, 4 – 8, 11 – 15, 18 – 22 December 7pm

20 – 24, 27 – 30 November to 1, 4 – 8, 11 – 15, 18 – 22 December 2pm

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Venue: The Studio

Dates: 7 & 8 May (auditions on either day)

Time: starts at 5pm prompt finishing at 7pm

Registration at 5pm prompt or preregister here followed by group auditions.

Auditionees must be aged from 6 to 16 years old

  • aged 6 at audition date
  • aged 16 on 23 December

Parents/carers will wait in the café, which will remain open.

Bring water and wear comfortable clothes.

These roles are not paid.