Auditions for MARY POPPINS
Monday, August 13 – Tuesday, August 14, 2018
6:00 – 7:00 pm Kids Auditions
7:00 – 9:00 pm Adult Auditions
9:00 – 10:00pm Dance Call
Callbacks: Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6:00pm
What We Are Looking For:
Seeking to cast 10 males and 10 females. Please note, this production contains a full working ensemble. Ensemble members must be able to dance.
What To Bring:
For your audition please arrive with a 32-bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Singing from the show is highly encouraged. Please bring your own sheet music, in your key, clearly marked, and in a binder. We will not hear acapella auditions.
Ann Mather, firstname.lastname@example.org, 262-782-4431, ext 221
Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Mary takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grownups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”
Bert (age: 30s) The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, Bert has many occupations, including hurdy-gurdy player, sidewalk artist and chimney sweep. Bert watches over the children as well as the goings on in Cherry Tree Lane. He has charm, speaks with a Cockney accent and is a song-and-dance man. Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: B2
George Banks (age: 40s) The father to Jane and Michael Banks is a banker to the very fiber of his being. Demanding “precision and order” in his household, he is a pipe-and-slippers man who doesn’t have much to do with his children and believes that he had the perfect upbringing by his nanny, the cruel Miss Andrew. His emotional armor, however, conceals a sensitive soul. A baritone, George may speak-sing as necessary. Vocal range top: Eb4 Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Michael Banks (age: 9 to 11) The cute and cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and tries to be like him. Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents. Vocal range top: E5* Vocal range bottom: A3*
*NOTE: This role requires an unchanged boy’s voice.
Robertson Ay (age: 20s) The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless. He doesn’t do a lot of singing, but his “Spoonful” solo can be a fun surprise. Vocal range top: G#4 Vocal range bottom: F3
Neleus / Ensemble (age: 20-30) The statue of a young boy posed with a dolphin in the park. Neleus was separated from his father, Poseidon, and misses him very much. A small and lonely being, he is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael. Must dance extremely well. Ballet experience is preferred.
Male Ensemble #1 / Male Dance Captain: Valentine / Von Hussler
A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.
Age: 20 to 30
Male Ensemble #2: William / John Northbrook
An honest business man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.
Age: 20 to 30
Male Ensemble #3: Park Keeper
Uniformed and officious, he makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood.
Mary Poppins (age: 20s) Jane and Michael Banks’ new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet particular, and sometimes a little frightening but always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says. A mezzo soprano with strong top notes, she should be able to move well. She can have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction is the key. Vocal range top: C6 Vocal range bottom: Gb3
Winifred Banks (age: 30s) George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother. A former actress, she is a loving and distracted homemaker who is busy trying to live up to her husband’s desire to only associate with “the best people” as well as be the model wife and mother. She suffers from the conflicting feelings that she’s not up to the job of “being Mrs. Banks,” yet, she is, and more. She has great warmth and simplicity to her tone. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3
Jane Banks (age: must read 11-13 on stage) The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: A3
Mrs. Brill (age: 50s) The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked and harrassed, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed. Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath. Mrs. Brill doesn’t have a high opinion of nannies in general and Mary Poppins in particular. She does not have to be a strong singer. Vocal range top: D#5 Vocal range bottom: F#3
Female Ensemble #1 / Female Dance Captain: (ages 18-30) Fannie
Female Ensemble #2: (ages 18-30) Annie
Female Ensemble #3: (ages 18-30) Glamorous Doll
**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast but are generally 5 nights a week from 6:30 -10:00 pm.
Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – MARY POPPINS. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.
Note: If you are cast as Mary, Burt, or an ensemble member you MUST be available on both October 4 & 5 from 10 AM – 6 PM for flight training for Mary and Burt and flight training operation for the ensemble.