• Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music

Getting to Know... The Sound of Music

Music by Rodgers, Richard

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Adapted by Tom Briggs and Timothy Allen McDonald

Suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp

 
Overview / Synopsis
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein - The Sound of Music - 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.

Created by Rodgers & Hammerstein with iTheatrics, Getting to Know... The Sound of Music has been edited to better suit younger performers, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production.

Getting to Know... The Sound of Music is the newest adaptation in the Getting to Know Collection, unique musicals designed for youth performers.


Basic Details
Features:
  • Strong Role for a Leading Man
  • Strong Role for a Leading Woman
  • Roles for Children
  • Social Themes
  • For the Holidays
  • Period Piece/Historical
Casting
Total Cast: 17+
Female: 11
Males: 6
Cast List:
  • Maria Rainer - a Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey
  • Opening Number Ensemble: Mountains, Trees, Birds, a Brook, etc.
  • Sister Berthe - Mistress of Novices
  • Sister Margaretta - Mistress of Postulants
  • Sister Sophia
  • The Mother Abbess – in charge of the Abbey
    Nuns
  • Captain Georg von Trapp – a renowned navy officer
  • Franz - the butler
  • Frau Schmidt - the housekeeper


The Children of Captain von Trapp:

  • Liesl von Trapp – 16 years old
  • Friedrich von Trapp - 14 years old
  • Louisa von Trapp - 13 years old
  • Kurt von Trapp - 10 years old
  • Brigitta von Trapp - 9 years old
  • Marta von Trapp - 7 years old
  • Gretl von Trapp - the youngest

  • Rolf Gruber - a 17-year-old telegram delivery boy
  • Max Detweiler – a friend of Captain von Trapp


  • “The Lonely Goatherd” Ensemble: Goat, Girl In The Pale Pink Goat, Folks In The Town, Mama

Party Scene:

  • Herr Zeller – a Nazi supporter
  • Baron Elberfeld – a party guest who is against the Nazis
  • Party Guests


  • A New Postulant
  • Admiral von Schreiber, an Admiral in the Nazi Navy
  • German Officials

  • Contestants in the Festival Concert: The Trio of Saengerbund of Herwegen, Fräulein Schweiger

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music

  • Product Code: HL08754014
  • $650.00