Sound of Music auditions are Tuesday and Thursday nights

May. 11, 2014 @ 04:19 AM

Rutherford County Arts Council has announced it will produce the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, The Sound of Music, as its major summer musical.  Open auditions will be held on Tuesday May 13 at 7 p.m. and Thursday May 15 at 7 p.m.  in Maple Street Theatre at the Rutherford Learning Center (old Rutherfordton Elementary School).

No previous experience is required. 

The show will be performed on August 1 at the Foundation Performing Arts Center.

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.

The characters are:

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; Liesl von Trapp - age 16; Friedrich von Trapp - age 14; Louisa von Trapp - age 13; Kurt von Trapp - age 10; Brigitta von Trapp - age 9; Marta von Trapp - age 7; Gretl von Trapp - the youngest; Rolf Gruber - age 17; Elsa Schraeder; Ursula;

Max Detweiler; Herr Zeller; Baron Elberfeld; A New Postulant; Admiral von Schreiber, and neighbors of Captain von Trapp, nuns, novices, postulants and contestants at the Festival Concert. 

For more information call 828-245-4000, or email the Rutherford County Arts Council, arts@rutherfordarts.com.