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Getting to Know.. The Sound of Music

Genre Comedy/Satire; Drama; Romance
Collection G2K...
Catalogue
 
Composer Richard Rodgers
Lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II
Book By Howard Lindsay; Russel Crouse
 
Other Credits Adapted by Tom Briggs and Timothy Allen McDonald Suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp
Format Book Musical
Type G2K; 60 Minutes
Status Available (?This work is currently available for application in Australia and New Zealand subject to our standard Terms of Use.)
Version G2K Version

Short Synopsis

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein - THE SOUND OF MUSIC - 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.

Created by Rodgers & Hammerstein with iTheatrics, Getting to Know... THE SOUND OF MUSIC has been edited to better suit younger performers, 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 theatre and its production.

Theatrical Resources

Theatrical Resources on Sale

Optional Extras

G2K SOUND OF MUSIC SCRIPT/VOCAL BOOK (1) (A$16.00)

G2K SOUND OF MUSIC SCRIPT/VOCAL BOOK (10 PACK) (A$80.00)

G2K SOUND OF MUSIC PIANO/VOCAL SCORE (A$80.00)

G2K SOUND OF MUSIC ACCOMPANIMENT CD (BACKING TRACKS) (A$80.00)

G2K SOUND OF MUSIC PERFORMANCE CD (GUIDE VOCAL) (A$40.00)

G2K SOUND OF MUSIC STAGING DVD (A$40.00)

G2K SOUND OF MUSIC PRODUCTION GUIDE (A$80.00)

ARCHIVAL COPY VIDEO LICENCE ONLY (A$158.00)

ARCHIVAL AND DISTRIBUTION VIDEO LICENCE (A$263.00)

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Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Standard

Character Breakdown

MARIA RAINER: A Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey.

CAPTAIN GEORG VON TRAPP: A Renowned Navy Officer.

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.

THE MOTHER ABBESS: In Charge of the Abbey.

MAX DETWEILER: A Friend of Captain von Trapp.

ROLF GRUBER: A 17 Year Old Telegram Delivery Boy.

SISTER BERTHE: Mistress of Novices.

SISTER MARGARETTA: Mistress of Postulants.

FRANZ: The Butler.

FRAU SCHMIDT: The Housekeeper.

SISTER SOPHIA

HERR ZELLER: A Nazi Supporter.

BARON ELBERFELD: A Party Guest who is against the Nazis.

ADMIRAL VON SCHREIBER: An Admiral in the Nazi Navy.

THE TRIO OF THE SAENGERBUND OF HERWEGEN

FRӒULEIN SCHWEIGER

A NEW POSTULANT

NUNS

PARTY GUESTS

GERMAN OFFICIALS

Detailed Synopsis

In the hills above Nonnberg Abbey, a young postulant named Maria is late for prayers after enjoying the day outside (Preludium/The Sound of Music). The next day, the nuns discuss Maria – while she is beloved by all, she has trouble following the Abbey’s rules (Maria). The Mother Abbess considers Maria’s spirit (My Favorite Things) and decides to send her to the home of a widowed navy Captain, Georg von Trapp, to be the governess of his seven children: Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta and Gretl.

Maria arrives at the von Trapp home to find a stern Captain who treats his children like members of his navy regiment. The Captain leaves on business, and Maria begins to get to know the children and teaches them how to sing (Do-Re-Mi).

The eldest von Trapp daughter, Liesl, meets with the local telegram boy, Rolf, in the garden (Sixteen Going on Seventeen). When she tries to sneak into the house through Maria’s bedroom window, Maria catches her. A gathering thunderstorm prompts all the children to run scared into Maria’s room, and she comforts them by teaching them a song they can sing together to drown out the storm (The Lonely Goatherd).

A few weeks later, the Captain returns home with a friend, Max, who is arranging the upcoming Salzburg Music Festival. The Captain is horrified to see the children’s new play clothes (made by Maria out of old curtains) and dismisses Maria when she tells him he must get to know his children better. However, when he hears the children singing for Max, he is deeply moved and sings with them, then thanks Maria for what she has done for his family (Reprise: The Sound of Music).

A week later, the Captain hosts a big party at the house. When Kurt attempts a traditional Austrian dance with Maria, the Captain cuts in and dances with her (Lӓndler). Afterwards, Brigitta tells Maria that the Captain and Maria are in love with each other. Scared of this truth, Maria returns to the Abbey as the children are sent to bed (So Long, Farewell).

Maria tells the Mother Abbess of her confusion and says she will commit herself to her prior path as a nun. The Mother Abbess tells her that love can be holy, too, and that Maria must live the life she was born to live (Climb Ev’ry Mountain).

Back at the von Trapp house, the children rehearse with Max, who secretly plans to enter them in the festival (2nd Reprise: The Sound of Music). However, they miss Maria terribly and sing a song she taught them to cheer themselves (Reprise: My Favorite Things). Suddenly Maria joins in; she has returned! When alone with the Captain, they share their feelings for each other and agree to marry.

Several weeks later, Max prepares the children for their singing debut at the Salzburg Festival. Maria and the Captain return from their honeymoon, and the Captain refuses to let his children sing in the concert. But when a German official arrives and tells the Captain he must leave immediately to take his post in the German navy (which the Captain is opposed to), the family buys time by claiming they are all performing in the concert, including the Captain, and he must wait until it is over to begin his new post (Reprise: Do-Re-Mi).

At the Salzburg Festival, the family sings a traditional Austrian song (Edelweiss). While Max announces the winners, the family flees to the Abbey to hide. With the roads cut off by German police, and with nothing but each other, the family escapes over the Alps to safety (Finale Ultimo: Climb Ev’ry Mountain).

Rates and Fees

Education and Community Theatre Rates.

Orchestral Materials

This show is performed with piano accompaniment or with the backing CD provided in the showkit. No orchestral parts are available for this show.

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