Mary Poppins Auditions
Oct. 29 and 30, 2018 at 5:00.
Come be a part of the supercalifragilisticexplaidocious cast of Mary Poppins
Audtions for this Classic Disney Show are open to Youth ages 8-25.
“Winds in the East, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewing, about to begin.”
Mary Poppins will take the stage in Blue Ridge this winter with a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down!
This will be an amazing show full of fun, excitement, laughter and imagination! Please read through all of the information below to be adequately prepared for auditions.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to hearing from you!
* Auditions on October 29th & 30th at 5pm
* Callbacks (if needed) will take place on November 5th
Casting Announcements will be posted on the BRCT door and sent out by email Sunday November 4th.
* Tech Week will be January 10th-16th.
* Performance Dates (tentatively) are January 17th-20th; January 24th-27th; January 31st-February 3rd.
* Rehearsals will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays 4pm-8pm and some Saturday’s 9am-12pm.
We will have a firm rehearsal schedule for you all to sign off on at auditions.
* You will need to prepare a Broadway Song in the range of the character for which you are auditioning. We may also test your vocal range at auditions.
* You will be reading sides in your best British Accent. We would recommend preparing for this by watching the movie and studying the character that you wish to portray. An accent is REQUIRED for this show.
* Closed auditons will take place in front of a casting panel made up of Pat Webb (Experienced Director); Venae (Theatrical Dance and Voice Coach); Hope Burns (Characterization & Linguist Expert), etc.
* Auditions will be recorded for your benefit of review in the future.
* Age Range of Cast is 8-25 years; 4 adult roles and 16+ youth roles available.
* Each character has a recommended age range and we will be casting accordingly
An experienced Production team will be working on this show with you all! Those people include; Pat Webb, Lindsey Doss, Venae Ellis, Debbi Hamm, Dallas Batson, Hope Burns, Philip Doss, and others, who are going to help in making this fantastic show come alive on our Community Theater stage!
A Note from the Director
Dear Actors and Actresses (and the people that love them),
I am pleased to announce that I am the Director for our next Sunny D Youth Production, Mary Poppins. This came about after last week’s email about auditions was sent out. Since that time, our production team has made a few adjustments to the audition requirements. I would like to share those with you as well as some new and exciting ideas we have for this show.
Over the past few years, the varied directors of the youth shows have continued to raise the bar with each production. You all have grown tremendously through acting, singing and dance. While we could continue to raise the bar, the production team would like something different and fun for y’all this winter.
Mary Poppins is a classic that has been enjoyed for generations. There is a Broadway musical adaptation that our current script is based on. It is similar to the movie in some ways and very different in others. After watching the original movie, Saving Mr. Banks and the musical version, the production team is considering adapting all 3 in to one amazing show. I highly encourage each of you to watch all 3, if possible, before auditions. This is not necessary, but may be helpful in your preparation.
The current age guidelines set in the script are simply that – guidelines. Do not be discouraged from auditioning if you are not “old enough” or “young enough” for a particular role. As always, the casting committee takes everything in to account – your readings, singing, dancing as well as your “look”, maturity, experience, etc, etc, etc. Keep in mind that we have to be realistic when putting a full cast together – it may not look appropriate to have a 12 year old Mary Poppins and a 20 year old Bert. The same with Mr. and Mrs. Banks and the children.
What are we looking for in addition to the above? Maturity on your part – we would like to have fewer rehearsals but that will mean more work on your part at home. Also, detailed schedules outside of theater(i.e Miracle on 34th rehearsal; Cheerleading schedules; class/work schedules) at the time of auditions would be helpful. Schedules may be sent to email@example.com. I will be in the lobby during auditions to answer additional questions about rehearsals, parts, etc.
THE FUN STUFF! In addition to a great show, we are planning some fun performance night experiences for your friends and family. A red carpet gala on Opening Night (with the papparazzi even!), a chalk art contest, costume contest and more.
I look forward to seeing each of you on the 29th or 30th for auditions. In the meantime, get your tickets to see Willy Wonka Jr, the Musical. We have some new talent and familiar favorites in the journey through the chocolate factory. Show dates for that are October 26th-28th and November 2nd-4th.
Debbi Hamm and the Production Team
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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
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
George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother. A former actress, she is loving and distracted homemaker who is busy trying to live up to her husband’s desire to obnly 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
The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: A3
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.
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Jane and Micahel’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.
A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat.
The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if her were child.
Age: 30 to 30
A retired Royal Navy man and neighbor of the Banks family. A physically large man with a loud and booming voice, he speaks in Navy jargon and has a soft spot for his neighbor, Miss Lark. Can be any vocal range as needed. If Admiral Bloom doubles as the Banks Chairman, he can be a baritone.
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
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
Jane and Michael Banks’s 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
Uniformed and officious, he makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood.
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. This role is a wonderful opportunity to feature one of the strong dancers in your ensemble.
A statue in the park.
The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. He can speak/sing his lines if necessary.
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: C3
The Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.
Teddy, Dolls, Valentine, etc. in the children’s nursery
Chimney Sweeps and Park Goers
Calling all experienced dancers! These roles have a significant amount of dance numbers. Tricks are not required, but if you can do them we would love to see that in your audition.
Age: All Ages
A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.
An honest business man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.
Covered in a patchwork of old shawls, and her pockets are stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. Sings “Feed the Birds.” There can be a gruff, folksy quality to her voice that relfelcts the hardness of her life.
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Gb3
Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with a Caribbean accent (or any accent that would make her seem exotic).
George’s overbearing and scary nanny. With her bottle of nasty-tasting brimstone and treacle to keep naughty children in line, she is a bully who only knows one way of doing things – her way. A soprano with an alto belt, there can be some heaviness to her voice along with range.
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Gb3
We look forward to seeing you all at auditions!
Your Production Team
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