August 11 & 14

“My heart wants to sing every song it hears …” We are delighted that you’re interested in auditioning for the GREAT Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music! Set in Austria as the Nazi party is staging a takeover of the country in 1938, The Sound of Music tells the story of Maria, a woman on a journey of self-discovery that leads her to faith, love, and family.

The Sound of Music is a story about the courage of the human heart. We are seeking a group of actors ranging in age from 7-107 that will reflect the people of our community.

Please refer to the Roles section below to learn more about the variety of parts in The Sound of Music.


  • In Person Auditions: Wednesday, August 11th 6:00-9:00pm and Saturday, August 14th 10am-3:30pm. Auditions will be held in the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre at our GREAT Headquarters (710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park 56387).
  • Call-backs: Wednesday, August 18th at 6:00pm. 
  • Rehearsals: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm and a couple Saturday rehearsals. Start date to be decided. Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal.
  • Tech rehearsals: November 8-12 6:00-11:00pm. All actors will be called.
  • Performances: November 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 7:30pm, November 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 2:00pm.

Please view our Healthy & Safety Guidelines for current safety requirements that everyone auditioning must accept to ensure safety for all. Based on new CDC and MDH guidance, GREAT is requiring all people to be masked when indoors at GREAT/Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre. This includes those who are vaccinated. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.



Please choose a monologue from our provided list that reflects the role(s) for which you wish to be considered. Please click the link below for the monologues and tips! 

The Sound of Music Monologues & Tips


Please prepare a song from our provided list that best showcases your voice and demonstrates a connection to the character that you are auditioning for. Please click on the link below for the songs! 

Maria My Favorite Things
Nuns How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria
Liesl Sixteen Going on Seventeen
Rolf Sixteen Going on Seventeen
Captain Edelweiss
Children Do Re Mi


The Sound of Music will come to life with both lively, energetic choreography and musical staging. You will learn and perform a short dance routine during your audition. 


Maria Rainer – Spirited. Gentle. Kind. Determined. At the beginning of our story, she is a postulant seeking admission into a religious order of nuns at Nonnberg Abbey (soprano). This role involves choreographed physical intimacy of hugs and kissing. 

The Mother Abbess – Confident. Trustworthy. Maternal. Wise. She is the female head of a religious order of nuns at Nonnberg Abbey (soprano).

Sister Berthe – Straight-laced. Sharp-tongued. As Mistress of Novices, she is in charge of the newly admitted nuns. (alto)

Sister Margaretta – Kind. Understanding. Concerned. As Mistress of Postulants, she is in charge of those seeking admission into a religious order, like Maria (mezzo soprano).

Sister Sophia – Rule-follower. Easy-going. She is a nun at Nonnberg Abbey (soprano).

Captain Georg von Trapp – Polished. Authoritative. Sad. Kind. A retired naval captain who holds his children at arms-length to hide his emotions from the death of his wife (baritone). This role involves choreographed physical intimacy of hugs and kissing.

Franz – Formal. Secretive. Cryptic. He is Captain von Trapp’s butler. (non-singing).

Frau Schmidt – Efficient. Strong-willed. Certain. She is the von Trapp family’s housekeeper (non-singing).

Rolf Gruber – Opinionated. Overconfident. Green. He is a suitor to Liesl and telegram delivery boy (tenor). This role involves choreographed physical intimacy of a kiss.

Elsa Schraeder – Sophisticated. Witty. Self-reliant. She is a baroness of wealth and aristocracy engaged in a romantic relationship with Captain von Trapp (mezzo soprano). This role involves choreographed physical intimacy of hugs and a kiss.

Max Detweiler – Charming. Indulgent. A bon vivant. Loyal. He is a friend to Captain von Trapp and Elsa (tenor/baritone).

Herr Zeller – Severe. Humorless. Bullying. He is a Nazi officer (non-singing).

Captain von Trapp’s children, ranging in age from 6-16:

Liesl von Trapp – Confident. Caring. Flirtatious. She is the eldest von Trapp child and has a crush on Rolf, the telegram delivery boy (mezzo soprano). This role involves choreographed physical intimacy of a kiss.

Friedrich von Trapp – Dutiful. Serious. Proud.

Louisa von Trapp – Rebellious. Prankster. Clever. 

Kurt von Trapp – Affable. Mischievous. Gentle. (falsetto)

Brigitta von Trapp – Bright. Observant. Curious.

Marta von Trapp – Sweet. Shy. Sincere.

Gretl von Trapp – Youngest. Darling. Fun.

Chorus roles include nuns, novices, and postulants at Nonneberg Abbey; von Trapp family servants and neighbors; Nazi officers and guards; and contestants at the Kaltzberg Festival Concert.