Character Breakdown

Maria Rainer (musical theatre mix/soprano, dance, Age Range 20-35)
 A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey – young, free spirited, warm, gentle and kind with much determination.

Captain Georg von Trapp (baritone, moves well, Age Range 35-45)
 A retired Austrian naval captain. Polished, yet very military in the way he runs his life to repress his sadness over the death of his wife; underneath, he is warm, understanding, and determined.

Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, dance, Playable 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 (Playable Age 14) 
Tough exterior, very much trying to be “the man” of the family.

Louisa von Trapp (Playable Age 13) 
Rebellious attitude.

Kurt von Trapp (Playable Age 10, falsetto)
 Gentle and mischievous.

Brigitta von Trapp (Playable Age 9) 
Smart, reads a lot.

Marta von Trapp (Playable Age 7)
 Very sweet and gentle.

Gretl von Trapp (Playable Age 6) 
Smart and adorable.

Rolf Gruber (low tenor, dance, Playable Age 17) 
Suitor to Liesl, telegram delivery boy, later Nazi soldier. A very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way.

Max Detweiller (tenor/baritone, moves well, Age Range 30+)
 Charming and vital; a man of sophistication who enjoys the good life; true and loyal friend to the von Trapp family.

Elsa Schrader (mezzo soprano, moves well, Age Range 30-45)
 A baroness of taste and elegance, sophisticated, dignified and mature.

Mother Abbess (legit soprano, wide vocal range, Age Range 40+, very strong actress) 
Motherly, understanding, strong and authoritative, but kind.


Sister Berthe (alto, moves well, Age Range 20+)
 Mistress of Novices, prudish, straight laced with a quick tongue, she is less tolerant than other nuns.

Sister Margaretta (mezzo, moves well, Age range 20+) 
Mistress of Postulants, very kind, understanding and concerned.

Sister Sophia (soprano, moves well, Age Range 20+) 
Neither demanding nor critical, sticks with the rules.

Franz (non-singing, 30+)
 The von Trapp butler, rather formal but not without spirit, he is very German and loyal to the Fascist cause.

Frau Schmidt (non-singing, 30+)
 The housekeeper, stoic, very little personality; she does her job efficiently but without affection. Strong and somewhat dominating.

Herr Zeller (non-singing, 40+)
 Stern and unsmiling, a typical Nazi official whose primary concern is to see that everyone toes the line.

 

Ensemble:
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.