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Performers sought for May 6-8 production of “The Sound of Music”

by MSO, Manchester College


       Stage-struck children and adults are invited to audition for the May 6-8 production of “The Sound of Music,” a family musical collaboration of Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Manchester College.

       Area residents of all ages will have opportunities to audition March 10-11, with one audition reserved for children. The stage production in Cordier Auditorium on campus will require many more children than the screen version, noted Debra J. Lynn, associate professor of music and director of the production.

       Community members who audition must be prepared to commit to the performance as well as the production and rehearsal schedule, Lynn said. “We may double cast the kids’ parts if we have enough good auditionees,” she said, adding that the cast for the staged version is much larger than for the film version.

       The 1959 Broadway production of “The Sound of Music” was the final collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on Maria Von Trapp’s autobiography, the story of a woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a naval officer widower.

       “The Music Department is thrilled to collaborate with the Manchester Symphony Society on this production,” said Debora E. DeWitt, chair of MC’s Department of Music.  “The Sound of Music” is a timeless musical and a favorite of many.”

       Auditionees should plan to attend one of the following, all in Cordier Auditorium:

Age 13-adult

      Thursday, March 10, 7-9 p.m.

      Friday, March 11, 7-9 p.m.

Children 12 and under

      Friday, March 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

       Candidates should be prepared to perform 32 measures of any memorized Broadway show tune (accompanist provided) and excerpts from “The Sound of Music” stage script. Audition excerpts are available for review at Funderburg Library on the Manchester College campus and at the Manchester Public Library.

       Questions?  Contact Director Debra Lynn at 260-982-5296 or

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