Auditions Announced for THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Carnegie


COVINGTON, KY – The Carnegie is pleased to announce auditions for the coming production of its 2021-22 theatre season, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Featuring the music of Rogers and Hammerstein, the production of one of the most beloved musicals of all time is set to come to life at The Carnegie.

Set in Austria 1938, THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the story of an exuberant young governess as she brings music and joy back to a broken family… Only to face danger as the Nazis gain power.

Featuring an iconic score, THE SOUND OF MUSIC features performances of several classic tunes including “My Favorite Things,” Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “Climb Every Mountain.” This family-friendly favorite shares a meaningful story in a setting enjoyable for all ages.

  • Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Music by Richard Rogers
  • Directed and Choreographed by Leslie Goddard Baum
  • Music Direction by Steve Goers

Show Details
Ten performances will be offered on the following dates: Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m., the 30 at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m., 5 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., the 6th at 3 p.m., the 11 at 7:30 p.m., the 12 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and finally the 13 at 3 p.m. Should indoor performances be impossible due to COVID-19, this show will play at an outdoor venue sometime between April 22–May 15, 2022. If cast, it is most desirous you be available for the spring dates as well.

Rehearsals: Evenings and weekends Nov 29–Jan 28. We will not rehearse every day, but this is the date range for rehearsals. Ample time off will be given around Christmas and New Year holidays.

In Person Auditions by Appointment
Please prepare 32 bars of an up-tempo song or 16-bars of a ballad in the style of the show. Bring sheet music for the accompanist, as well as headshot and resume for production team. You may be asked to stay and sing from the score. Dates:

  • Sept 18: Individual singing auditions every 5 minutes, 1-4 p.m.
  • Sept 19: Individual singing auditions every 5 minutes, 1-4 p.m.
  • Sept 20: Invited callbacks 7-10 p.m. with dance call for some roles followed by reading from the script for all roles

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Auditions by Video Submission – what to send
32 bars of an up-tempo or 16-bars of a ballad in the style of the show

  • A dramatic or romantic monologue no longer than 1 minute in length
  • A movement reel (optional). If a movement reel is not provided, we may follow up with a movement combination for self-tape if being considered for dancing roles (Liesel/Rolf)

Please send video with resume and headshot attached to Maggie Perrino, by September 18th @ 5 p.m. to be considered for the show. 


  • You will be asked to turn in a full list of conflicts for rehearsal dates listed. Please have that prepared if asked to provide this info.
  • No performance conflicts will be accepted.
  • Cast members do not have to be the actual ages of the characters but must be able to look age appropriate and act accordingly.
  • All adult roles are paid. Stipends offered will be between $650-$1,000 for all roles. Not AEA eligible. No housing provided.
  • Student roles are included in the production as part of our Education Department. As such, The Carnegie Theatre Series commits to making opportunities for children and teens on our mainstage once a year. These roles are not paid, nor is there any cost associated with this educational experience.

COVID-19 Policies
Please wear a mask to enter the building if auditioning in person. You will be allowed to remove it for your song but will need to wear it while not actively auditioning.

The Carnegie fervently encourages all those auditioning to seek the Covid-19 vaccination before attending auditions or rehearsals should they be cast. It is in the best interest of our cast, crew, and artform if everyone is vaccinated in our show circle. A return to theatre-making is only possible if we help protect each other.

Available Roles

The Carnegie is committed to inclusive, non-traditional casting of classic musical theatre shows to give them new relevance and accessibility to all actors. All races, ethnicities, ages, gender identities, body types, and mobilities encouraged to apply.

Adult Roles

  • Maria Rainer (musical theatre mix/soprano, 20-30) A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey – young, free spirited, warm, gentle and kind with much determination. Guitar playing a plus.
  • Captain Georg von Trapp (baritone, 35-45) A retired Austrian naval captain. Polished, yet very militant in the way he runs his life to repress his sadness over the death of his wife. Underneath, he is warm, understanding, and determined.
  • Max Detweiller/Ensemble (tenor/baritone, 30+) Charming and vital; a man of sophistication who enjoys the good life; true and loyal friend to the von Trapp family.
  • Elsa Schrader/Ensemble (mezzo soprano, 30-45) A baroness of taste and elegance, sophisticated, dignified and mature.
  • Mother Abbess/Ensemble (legit soprano, wide vocal range, 40+, very strong actress) Motherly, understanding, strong and authoritative, but kind.
  • Sister Berthe/Ensemble (alto) Mistress of Novices, prudish, strait-laced with a quick tongue, less tolerant than other nuns.
  • Sister Margaretta/Ensemble (mezzo) Mistress of Postulants, very kind, understanding and concerned.
  • Sister Sophia/Ensemble (soprano) Neither demanding nor critical, sticks with the rules.
  • Franz/Ensemble The von Trapp butler, rather formal but not without spirit, he is very German and loyal to the Fascist cause.
  • Frau Schmidt/ Ensemble The housekeeper, stoic, very little personality; she does her job efficiently but without affection. Strong and somewhat dominating.
  • Herr Zeller/ Ensemble Stern and unsmiling, a typical Nazi official whose primary concern is to see that everyone toes the line.
  • Rolf Gruber/Ensemble (low tenor, dance, 17) Suitor to Liesl, telegram delivery boy, later Nazi soldier. A very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way.

Student Roles

  • Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, dance, to play age 16) The oldest child, blossoming into a young lady with an interest in boys. She has a maternal edge to her and cares very deeply for her younger siblings.
  • Friedrich von Trapp (to play age 14) Tough exterior, very much trying to be “the man” of the family.
  • Louisa von Trapp (to play age 13) Rebellious attitude.
  • Kurt von Trapp (to play age 10, falsetto) Gentle and mischievous.
  • Brigitta von Trapp (to play age 9) Smart, reads a lot.
  • Marta von Trapp (to play age 7) Very sweet and gentle.
  • Gretl von Trapp (to play age 6) Must have the cute factor.

The Carnegie’s 2021-22 Theatre Series is presented by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.


About The Carnegie
The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati International Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the City of Covington. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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