Friday, August 10, 2012


SOM children

Paper Mill’s last production of The Sound of Music featured a young Nick Jonas (circled left). Could the next child star be at these auditions?

Non-union, children’s auditions for the acclaimed theater’s production of


Book: Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

WHEN: Saturday, September 15*
WHERE: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn; sign up in the theater lobby— first-come, first-served

The Sound of Music will run at the Millburn Theater from Friday, November 23 through December 30, 2012. Rehearsals begin Monday, October 29th in New York City.

Paper Mill Playhouse seeks GIRLS who look ages 6-16 and BOYS who look ages 12-16. Children and their guardian should join the line in front of the theater and enter through the front doors of the theater only. Audition sign up will take place in the theater’s lobby.

*Sign up for ages 6 to 11 begin at 9:00 AM and sign up for ages 12 to 16 begin at 12:00 PM.

  • Every child should have a picture and resume stapled together.
  • Any child who auditions must bring sheet music in the appropriate key and style and be prepared to sing 16 bars only. An accompanist will be provided. No recorded music please.
  • Children should wear appropriate footwear as they may be asked to dance.
  • Callbacks will be held on the same day.
  • Depending on the number of children auditioning, there is no guarantee everyone will be seen.

“The last time Paper Mill Playhouse held an open-call audition for children in The Sound of Music, we discovered a talented young man by the name of Nick Jonas,” commented Mark S. Hoebee, Paper Mill Playhouse’s Producing Artistic Director. “Nick went on to become a major star both in the recording industry and on Broadway. Could the next Nick Jonas be at these auditions? I sure hope so!”

One of the most beloved and inspirational stories of all time, this tale of love and courage is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final triumphant collaboration. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp family this musical masterpiece has become a beacon of hope and joy for generations. You will revel in the glorious sounds of iconic melodies like “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and “Climb Every Mountain." Don’t miss this holiday tradition for the entire family.

The Sound of Music is generously supported by a grant from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization, is one of the country’s leading regional theaters. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the generous contributions of numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Photo by Gerry Goodstein.