Acting in Plays, Singing/Audition for Sound Of Music
Hello Sean! I am going to be auditioning for Sound Of Music in early December for an 8-18yr theater group. They are very paticular about who they cast. They, like most directors, will cast the kids who they have known for a long time and they know what they are capable of. I have been with this group for 2 years now and they are starting to consider me for larger roles. I am almost 18 and soon will no longer be able to audition, so I am hoping to be cast as a significant role before I graduate. I am looking for a song to audition with that will land me either Liesl, Maria, another significant role. I am not positive what singing range I am, I would say an alto. (My head voice is very weak until it gets to higher notes and i have a little trouble bridging the gap.) I have been practicing On My Own from Les Miserable, but I am not comfortable with it yet and my audition in the first week of December. I need to find a song that I can sing and become comfortable with, but that will also show off my voice and have them consider me for one of the lead roles. Thank you so very much! -Kayla
Hello, Kayla –
Thank you for a great question.
Professional audition notices describe "Liesl" as a mezzo and "Maria" as a soprano. Even though there are similarities in the actual notes each of them sings, there are enough range and dramatic differences to absolutely separate them into two vocal categories.
Maria is an almost-nun. Richard Rodgers wants that kind of person to be on the soprano side. In this case, one who is really flexible and secure in her upper register.
Liesl is a young woman. Technically, she's old enough to get married. Liesl is suddenly enraptured by a handsome young soldier who's about to go off to war. Liesl is two years older than Shakespeare's "Juliet". Maria, the almost-nun, smells trouble in the air. Liesl is one of many such provocative young women in the mezzo repertoire.
Alto / Mezzo. It all depends on what you're talking about and the opportunity at hand.
No matter the distinct differences between youth theatre companies and a bonafide Equity show, it's always a good idea to choose another song by the same composer for your audition. With Richard Rodgers as the composer, you have a ton of material to choose from. You can sing anything you want from his long list of compositions. Much of it is available on-line, on web sites where you can transpose the song you want into the key you need.
Since "Liesl" seems to be the most likely role for you – or perhaps one of the nuns in the combo who complain about Maria's many infractions against the Holy Rule (a really-choice number) – then consider any of the following material by Richard Rodgers.
It Might As Well Be Spring – STATE FAIR
I Enjoy Being A Girl – FLOWER DRUM SONG
A Wonderful Guy – SOUTH PACIFIC
A Lovely Night – CINDERELLA
Look at "It Might As Well Be Spring" on the URL below. Notice the transposition options. While you're on the site check out the other titles and more.
It Might As Well Be Spring – STATE FAIR
THE SOUND OF MUSIC opened on Broadway in 1959 on November 16th. Everyone knows the show and the score. Here in San Francisco, the Castro Theatre has regular screenings of the 1965 film – and, specifically, the "sing-along" version.
Whatever you sing, your job at this audition is to not only prove your musicianship to the judges on the panel, but to have them perceive you as representing – to the community supporting them financially and buying tickets to their shows – as being the shining End Result of their influence and training.
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