Auditions for Resorts World's "The Sound of Music" June 24-25, 2011

Announcement from Resorts World Manila

Open auditions for
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's
The Sound of Music

June 24-25, 2011
9am-6pm (3pm cut-off time for acceptance of audition forms)
2nd floor, Newport Performing Arts Theater
Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Newport City (Across Naia 3), Pasay City

This production by Resorts World Manila will be staged at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, and will run from October to December this year

Bring the following:
- minus one or music sheet of one song from any Broadway musical
(CD format containing 2 cuts of the music track to be used, label with the title of the song and the name of the auditionee. Music tracks with plus one vocals will not be allowed. Music sheets of the songs are acceptable)
- 1 close-up photo and 1 fully body photo
- resume
- filled-up application form (download here:

- Proceed to the second floor backstage entrance near Starbucks
- Sign up at the registration table
- Fill out audition form per attached (Please fill out in two copies and bring on the audition date)
- Submit audition forms along with resume (if available) and minus one or music sheet for queuing
- Get assigned number and wait for your name to be called

Contact +632-836-6333 or +632-908-8833

Bonus! My former co-worker and I talked endlessly about the movie version of this musical. She told me about some backstage trivia that I later found online.  Here are some that I like and/or think are funny:

- During the filming of the opening shot of Julie Andrews taken from a helicopter, Julie Andrews relates that although she tried digging her heels into the ground and bracing herself, on every take she was knocked over by the powerful helicopter downdraft.

- Charmian Carr (Liesl) slipped and injured her ankle while filming "Sixteen Going On Seventeen". In early editions of the film, the bandage covering that ankle is visible. When the film was remastered for DVD, the images of this bandage were digitally removed. On the movie commentary of the 40th Anniversary edition in 2005, Charmian said that because of this, some people do not believe her when she says she danced on an injured ankle.

- In the closing shot, when the family is climbing over the hills to safety, it is not really Kym Karath as Gretl on the shoulders of Captain von Trapp. In the DVD version, it is revealed that while in Austria, Kym Karath gained a lot of weight. This was one of the last shots filmed and so she was evidently a bit too heavy to be carried on Christopher Plummer's back. Plummer requested a stunt double and that is who's seen being carried on his back.

- Debbie Turner (Marta) had many loose teeth during filming. When they fell out, they were replaced with false teeth.

- Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich) has brown hair, and had to undergo several painful hair bleachings before and during filming to make his hair blond.

- Kym Karath (Gretl) couldn't swim, so the original idea was to get Julie Andrews to catch her when the boat tips up and they all fall in the water. However, during the second take the boat toppled over so that Andrews fell to one side and Karath fell to the other. Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa) had to save her instead. Andrews stated later she felt guilty about this for years.

- When Maria is running through the courtyard to the Von Trapp house in "I Have Confidence", she trips. This was an accident; however, director Robert Wise liked this so much that he kept it in the movie. He felt it added to the nervousness of the song and of the character.

- The actors had to be continually hosed down while filming the scene after they had fallen out of the boat, in order to remain dripping wet.

- At the beginning of filming, Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa) was about three inches taller than Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich). He had to wear heel lifts to make him look taller. By the end of the shoot, Nicolas Hammond had grown six inches (5'3" to 5'9"). He often filmed in no shoes and Charmian Carr had to stand on a box to make her taller. All of the Von Trapp children grew a lot during filming, so heel lifts and various camera tricks were used to keep their heights steady.

- The first scene filmed was the scene in Maria's bedroom where Frau Schmidt brings the dress material, and later Liesl sneaks in through the window. One of the last scenes filmed was the "You are Sixteen" number, which appears in the film right before the scene in Maria's room. The two scenes were shot about 4 months apart.

What do you think of this production? Share your comments.


Anonymous said...

hi! great trivia.. one of my most favorite movies of all time.. anyway, i got to read you article because i'm looking for a group / school / theatre troupe that accepts amateur singers who are willing to train in stage musical performance. I saw the links you wrote down but i don't know which one is most suitable for me (since i have no experience whatsoever). So, may I ask for your advice and perhaps if you have any contacts with any of the groups, i can also ask for it/them? Thanks a lot! my email address is and I would really appreciate your feedback. Cheers!

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