Jack and the Beanstalk

The Sound of Music

To Kill a Mockingbird

elf The Musical

Auditions are held Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol. Additional details will be added to this page by each director for the auditions, such as the audition music selected, so please check back prior to auditions. Auditions are open to anyone. Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothes to move in. Be sure to bring your calendar to list all of your conflicts. No conflicts are permitted for tech week or performances.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Weekends April 17-26, “Jack and the Beanstalk” directed by Cindi Brooks comes to the ARTspace stage. Auditions for men, women, and children are February 22, 23, 24, and 25. Rehearsals begin March 8.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to auditions. No preparation is necessary.

Saturday, Feb 22 at 10:30 am

Sunday, Feb 23 at 2:30 pm

Monday, Feb 24 at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, Feb 25 at 6:30 pm


The Sound of Music

One of the most popular musicals of all time, “The Sound of Music,” directed by Glenn Patterson comes to the Paramount Center for the Arts, weekends June 19-28.

Auditions for men, women, and children are March 21, 28, 29 and 30.

We expect that most people will have few conflicts. Our first meeting as a cast will be Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 pm. This will involve the full cast.

Rehearsal for all begin April 27. We will rehearse Sunday afternoon at 2:30, and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 6:30. You will not necessarily be called for every rehearsal. We will have only one Wednesday rehearsal on June 17 as we prepare to open the show.

June 14-18 are critical rehearsals. You must be available for these dates. Performances are June 19, 20, 21, and 26, 27, 28, with mandatory pickup rehearsal on June 25.  There will be a student show in the morning on June 19 or 26.

AUDITION Times – Doors will open 30 minutes prior to auditions to fill out paperwork.

Sat, Mar 21, 9:30 am – Children, including Liesl Sat, Mar 28, 9:30 am – Adults Sunday, Mar 29, 2:30 pm – Children, including Liesl Monday, Mar 30, 6:30 pm – Adults

Tuesday, Mar 31 – Children, including Liesl and Maria 6:30
Thursday, April 2 – Adults including Maria, Liesl and Rolf 6:30

Audition Songs – Music will be reviewed in groups with the music director prior to auditions. You are also welcome to bring a cutting of your own music but you must have music for the pianist.

Men: “Edelweiss” (Blossom of snow….bless my homeland forever)

Women: “My Favorite Things” (Silver white winters…and then I don’t feel so bad and “Climb Every Mountain” (Climb every mountain….till you find your dream)

Children:  “So Long, Farewell,” staying on melody  (There’s a sad sort of clinging…to say goodbye to you.)  

Rolf: “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” (Totally unprepared….I’ll take care of you)

Liesl: “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” (Totally unprepared am I…..I’ll depend on you)


Nuns of Nonnberg Abbey – Nuns will also be party guests and the festival contestants will be chosen from their ranks. They sing beautifully in harmony. Vocal parts needed are from sopranos with consistent, comfortable high G to pure altos.  

Maria – Maria is youthful, intelligent and wants the best for those around her. Although she is young, she is sensitive and insightful, which makes her wise. Her love of life, abundant energy and ability to lose track of time have gotten her into trouble more than once. She is creative, artistically talented and likes everyone. She is planning to be a nun, but her inability to follow the rules makes the nuns responsible for her training question her fitness for the order. She is sent to be governess for the von Trapp children.  She finds them repressed and brings joy back into the house. She falls in love with Captain von Trapp, but without having any intention of doing so, and the realization that she has leads her to a crisis of conscience. She is outspoken with the Captain in support of the children. She is loving and kind to them. She looks at others carefully enough to see the real persons. The role calls for a soprano with the ability to move well. This is not a real dancing role. Her voice should be clear and pleasant. She may be a well-trained singer, but there must be a folk quality to her voice. She must have a warm, charming personality and a broad vocal range. 

Mother Abbess – This is primarily a singing role, but her acting must show depth and insight. She is a soprano with a great set of pipes.  She is authoritative, but not domineering or aloof. She cares for those under her charge. She is gentle with Maria, even when she has things to say that Maria will not want to hear. It may be that when she was younger there was a little “Maria” in her. She could be as young as 35, but may be older.

Sister Berthe – Mistress of the Novices. She is a mezzo and does not need to dance. She is responsible for starting the religious journey toward becoming a nun for those who come to the abbey. She likes quiet and order. She understands rules and finds comfort in knowing what to expect. There may be a sense of humor in there somewhere, but it is well hidden. She finds Maria disruptive and irritating.  

Sister Sophia – This is a mezzo or alto role. She does not dance. She may be the youngest of the group.  Her attitude toward Maria is mixed. She likes Maria, but recognizes that Maria may not be a well suited to like in a convent. She tries to find positives about Maria along with the negatives.  

Sister Margaretta – Soprano role. She does not dance. She is the most positive about Maria.   Maria makes her laugh and brings joy to the convent, in spite of Maria’s disruptions. She works well with Berthe and Sophia, but does not share their admiration for quiet.

Franz – This is a non-singing role but if a singer is cast there may be opportunity for ensemble singing.   Franz has been part of the Captain’s staff since serving under his command in the navy. Franz is middle-aged, somewhere between 40 and 60. He has energy. He has a fondness for order and for that reason he thinks the Germans taking over Austria would be good.  

Captain Georg von Trapp – Bass or bass baritone. Captain von Trapp comes from old money and is comfortably settled into a good life. He is a widower. Since the death of his wife he has immersed himself in work and travel.  He has pushed joy and music out of him life, in part because they remind him of the life he had with his late wife. This makes him more stern and unyielding than he is naturally. He was a hero of the German navy as a ship captain in World War 1. He is a fierce Austrian who despises the Nazis and resists the Anschluss. He has developed a relationship with Elsa, a woman of similar social status and wealth as himself. They are planning to be married. They are fond of each other, but not really in love.   He develops feelings for Maria without intending to because of the joy she brings to him and her obvious love for his children.  

Frau Schmidt – This is a non-singing role. The housekeeper. She is between 35 and 60. She is efficient and hard-working, but she misses the way things were before the Captain’s wife died and he lost his joy. She does not like being whistled for. When she disagrees with instructions she keeps her mouth shut and does what is expected. Her feelings about the Germans are not made clear, but she supports the Captain and respectful of him.

Rolf Gruber – Rolf is 17. He works as a telegram delivery boy and this allows him to know a great deal about what is happening in the area. He supports the German takeover of Austria. Like many his age, he is attracted to uniforms and power, which leads him to join a Nazi youth organization. He has a crush on Liesl, but is not as ready for a relationship, or as sophisticated, as he pretends. 

Elsa Schraeder – Elsa is a woman of sophistication and taste. She is well mannered and comfortable in almost any setting. She enjoys afternoon tea on the terrace as well as the grandeur of a formal ball. She is woman of great ability. When her late husband became ill she took over the management of his complex business affairs and ran them well. After his death she converted them into a corporation of which she is the president. Her money came to her from her husband, but it is possible that she came into the marriage with money of her own. She is in a relationship with the Captain and they are planning to be married. It is a marriage more of practicality than love, but she does have feelings for Georg. They break up when she realizes he will oppose the Nazis. She feels that they cannot be stopped from taking over Austria and that it is foolish to throw away your safety for what cannot be stopped.  

Max Detweiller. Baritone. Max is middle-aged. He enjoys the best things in life, travel, fine wine, wonderful food. He is charming and people enjoy his company, which allows him to make friends easily.  He is the director of the Kaltzberg Festival, an annual festival of Austrian musical talent. His work with the festival brings him to the attention of the Nazis. He is willing to cooperate with them, but he is not a Nazi at heart. He has more character than he would like to admit.

Baron and Baroness Elberfeld are late middle age to elderly. They are refined and gracious. They are proud of their Austrian identity and are not happy about Germans plans to annex their country. He is more outspoken about his opinion of the Nazis. She is strong, but would prefer to “get along.”

Admiral von Schreiber – Non-singing role. He is at least 50, but probably closer to 70. He has become part of the German war machine, but his true loyalties are to Germany as it was. He knows the Captain’s service, and has come in person to recruit him for the navy. In truth, the Captain is not given a choice, but the admiral wants to make the demand as friendly as possible. He does not care for the local officials of the party who he sees as not having earned his respect.

Herr Zeller – Middle-aged, he is a Nazi functionary who doesn’t mind throwing his new found authority in people’s faces. He is heavy-handed and enthusiastic about helping the Germans take over Austria. If he has a sense of humor he hides it well. He is the gauleiter, a paramilitary rank making him the political leader of the region under the Nazis.  

Ursula – The von Trapp family’s maid. She is efficient and friendly.

The von Trapp children:

A note on the children: The children must fit the ages since they step forward, introduce themselves and tell us how old they are. They must sing beautiful and the ability to tune and blend is extremely important. Each of the children has a unique personality which we will develop.

Liesl – 16. She sings well and her duet with Rolf is one of the most familiar songs in the show. She must move well. Dance training is helpful, but not necessary. Liesl is pretty and physically fit. Her past governesses has not gotten to know who she is and what she really needs, so until Maria proves more supportive she sees no point in another one. Breaking rules is something she is willing to do, but she responds with joyful cooperation to being loved. She is quickly becoming a young woman. She is inexperienced in the matters of the heart, but not shy.

Friedrich – 14. This is a soprano role and calls for a sustained G. Maria describes him as shy, aloof and afraid to be himself. For this reason he is the hardest of the children to feel we understand. He, too, is growing up, and looks forward to being a man.

Louisa – 13. She is mischievous, even to the point of being mean when she dislikes someone. She has taken the lead in driving former governesses out of the house with her tricks. She is fearless and wants to enjoy herself. She has gotten away with a lot in the past under the supervision of adults who have not taken the time to really see her. She responds well to Maria’s care. 

Kurt – 10. Like most boys, he wants to be older. He craves is father’s attention. He is the corrective voice in the group when they start to pick on someone too much.  

Marta – 7 Marta likes pink and parasols. She is the most traditionally “girly.”  She tends to be vain, but not too vain to put on the play clothes Maria makes the children in order to enjoy herself. 

Gretl – She is the youngest, probably 5 but her age isn’t given. She needs to be loved and craves a sympathetic response to her “sore finger.”

5-10 male chorus members (16-60+ years) – Nazi soldiers, neighbors, Salzburg citizens and Georg’s friends (of naval background).
5-10 female chorus members (16-60+ years) – Salzburg citizens, new postulant, nuns, novices, postulants and contestants in the Festival Concert.

To Kill a Mockingbird

The classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” directed by Camille Gray, takes the ARTspace stage weekends September 18-27. Auditions for men, women, and children are August 1, 2, and 3. Rehearsals begin on August 9. Audition details coming soon.


The holiday movie favorite “Elf” comes to the Paramount Bristol stage under the direction of Kenn Naegele weekends November 13-22, and the ARTspace stage weekends December 4-20. Auditions for men, women, and children for this production are August 15, 16, 17, and 22. Rehearsals begin August 31. Audition details coming soon.

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