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Getting to Know... The Sound of Music

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.

  • Short Musical
  • Drama

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Youth Groups, Amateur, Community Theatre
The Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers.

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.

In this adaptation, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place. You will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production.

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Musical Numbers
Preludium – Mother Abbess, Nuns
The Sound of Music – Maria, Ensemble
Maria – Sister Berthe, Sister Sophia, Sister Margaretta, Mother Abbess, Nuns
My Favorite Things – Maria, Mother Abbess
Do-Re-Mi (Part 1) – Maria, von Trapp Children
Do-Re-Mi (Part 2) – Maria, von Trapp Children
Do-Re-Mi (Part 3) – Maria, von Trapp Children 
Sixteen Going on Seventeen – Liesl, Rolf
The Lonely Goatherd – Maria, Goat, Girl in  Pale Pink Coat, von Trapp Children, Ensemble
Reprise: The Sound of Music – von Trapp Children, Captain
So Long, Farewell – von Trapp Children, Guests
Climb Ev’ry Mountain – Mother Abbess, Nuns
2nd Reprise: The Sound of Music – Children
Reprise: My Favorite Things – von Trapp Children, Maria
Reprise: Do-Re-Mi Into Scene 11 – Captain, Maria, von Trapp Children
Edelweiss – Captain, Maria, von Trapp Children
Finale Ultimo: Climb Ev’ry Mountain – Mother Abbess, Nuns

Premiere Production: In 1959, The Sound of Music opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York.
  • Casting: 6M, 12F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children

  • 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

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    2 x Director's Scripts
    1 x Director's Guide
    2 x Piano Vocal Scores
    20 x Student Libretto-Vocal Books
    1 x Study Guide
    1 x Performance/Accompaniment CD
    1 x Choreography Video
    10 x Chorus Books

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