Accepting pictures and resumes for THE SOUND OF MUSIC 

The Candlelight Theatre, located in historic Ardentown, Delaware (30 minutes from Center City, Philadelphia) is accepting pictures (headshot or recent photograph) and resumes for its upcoming production of The Sound of Music directed and choreographed by Renee Dobson, with Musical Direction by Doug Lutz. Seeking non-union, singers, actors, and dancers, of all types, and ethnicity. Rehearsals will start approximately Monday, May 22, 2023 thru July 14, 2023. The production runs July 15 – August 27, 2023. The Sound of Music, based on the memoir of Maria von TrappThe Story of the Trapp Family Singers, is the final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Please send pictures and resumes to Bob Kelly, Artistic Director   Calls will begin mid-March to arrange audition times for applicants.

*Please indicate when sending your headshot if you have a preference for a Monday or Tuesday audition slot.

Auditions will be held at The Candlelight Theatre and scheduled on :

                      Saturday, April 1, 2023 11:00 to 4:00 (Liesl will also be seen at this call) 

                      Monday April 3 – 6:00 – 10:00pm (Adults)

                      Tuesday April 4 – 6:00-10:00pm (Adults)

Please prepare 16 – 32 bars showing range in the style of the show. Readings will be provided.

All roles are open and paid. Performers may also have the opportunity to work in the restaurant during the run of the show to supplement their income. 

The Candlelight Theatre, 2208 Millers Rd. Wilmington, De. 19810

No calls to the theater, please.


Character Breakdown

Maria Rainer– Mezzo Soprano, 20’s. A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey. Free spirited, warm, opinionated. Loves music. A3-Eb5

Captain Georg Von Trapp– Baritone, 40s. Retired naval officer. A stern, regimented demeanor that masks a warm and caring man. A2-E4

Mother Abbess- Mezzo Soprano (legit), 30+. Head of Nonnberg Abbey. Understanding, strong and compassionate. A3-Ab5

Max Detweiler-Baritone, 40+. Theatrical agent and close friend of Von Trapp. C3-F4

Elsa Schrader– Baroness; soprano, 40s. Sophisticated, elegant. Non-political. Looking for a permanent “arrangement” with Von Trapp. D4-B5

Rolf Gruber– Boyfriend to Liesl, tenor, strong dancer, plays age 17. Committed to the fascist cause. D3-E4

Sister Berthe– Alto/Mezzo, 30+. Mistress of novices. No-nonsense, strict and self-righteous.

Sister Margaretta– Soprano, 25+. Mistress of Postulants. Kind and understanding. Likes and supports Maria.

Sister Sophia– Mezzo, 25+. Toes the line. Dutiful.

Liesl– Oldest of the Von Trapp children; mezzo, strong dancer, plays age 16. Innocent, naive, flirtatious. B3-F5

Louisa– Von Trapp child; 14-15 years old. Clever. Full of mischief.

Friedrich-Von Trapp child; boy soprano; 12-13 years old. Tries to be tough but is still a boy.

Brigitta —Von Trapp child; 10-12 years old. Smart. Perceptive. An avid reader.

Kurt– Von Trapp child; boy soprano; 9-11 years old. Gentle…a peacemaker.

Marta– Von Trapp child; 8-10 years old. Quiet. Inquisitive and gentle.

Gretl– Youngest of the Von Trapp children; 6-8 years old. Shy, quiet.

Franz– Butler to Von Trapp, 30+ Humorless. Conspiring with the Nazi party.

Frau Schmidt– Housekeeper to Von Trapp, 30+ Efficient and reliable.

Herr Zeller– Gauleiter; 30+ Overbearing, arrogant Nazi official.

Admiral Von Schrieber– Admiral in German army, 40+ The emissary sent to bring Von Trapp to Berlin. Has aligned himself with the Nazi party.

Also Seeking: Ensemble of nuns, party guests, etc. (all ages and vocal ranges).



The Candlelight Theatre is a professional Dinner Theatre located in Ardentown, Delaware, approximately 25 minutes outside of Philadelphia. Paid performances with between 3-5 performances per week. Additional restaurant opportunities, if desired, are available to supplement performance income. Please, no phone calls to the theatre.