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Getting to Know... The Sound of Music

One of the most beloved musicals of all time! In Austria, 1938, an exuberant young governess brings music and joy back to a broken family, only to face danger and intrigue as the Nazis gain power.

  • Short Musical
  • Backing Tracks, Drama
  • 60 minutes

  • Time Period: 1930s, 1940s / WWII
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Youth Groups, Jr High/Primary, Community Theatre, Elementary School / Primary
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Sixteeen Going on Seventeen" and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows Maria, an ebullient postulant who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain Von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, the Von Trapp family must make a moral decision.

In this adaptation for pre-high school students, 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 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.

Premiere Production: In 1959, The Sound of Music opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York.
  • Casting: 6M, 12F
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children
  • Casting Notes: In this show, the race of the characters is not pivotal to the plot. We encourage you to consider diversity and inclusion in your casting choices.
  • Chorus Size: Medium

  • MARIA RAINER - a Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey

  • Opening Number Ensemble:

    SISTER BERTHE - Mistress of Novices
    SISTER MARGARETTA - Mistress of Postulants
    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
    ADMIRAL VON SCHREIBER - an Admiral in the Nazi Navy

    Contestants in the Festival Concert:

    Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Lib-Vocal Book
    1 x Vocal Book

    Showkit Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    30 x Student Libretto/Vocal Books
    1 x Piano/Vocal Book
    1 x Production Guide
    1 x Digital Resource Package (Performance Tracks, Guide Vocal Tracks, Guide to Choreography & Staging, Audition Sides and Forms and Track Samples, Costume Design, Set Design, Props List, Artwork)