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Auditions for Mary Poppins The Musical

A Auditions event

December 9th —
December 10th

Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Avenue
Valparaiso, IN

Disney & Cameron MacKintosh’s Mary Poppins The Musical Auditions

Dates: Monday, December 9 & Tuesday, December 10

Times: 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Call backs as needed Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00pm

Location: Memorial Opera House Auditorium

Directed by: Angela Marcum

Music/Vocal Direction: TBD

Choreographer: Molly Vass

Show Synopsis:

Everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny takes the Opera House stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure! One of Disney’s most popular movie musicals of all time will capture your heart in a whole new way. Young Jane and Michael Banks have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins 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 grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises "Anything can happen if you let it."

Rehearsal & Performance Information:

Rehearsals will run Monday through Thursday 7-10pm. As needed, there may be Saturday rehearsals and set build days.

Performances are February 14 – March 1, 2020 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm Sundays at 2:00pm). ***IF demand calls for it, there may be additional performances added February 20 and February 21.

Casting:

All races, genders, body types, or other identities are encouraged to audition and will be considered equally in casting. Those interested in auditioning can pre register at (insert website) and should prepare 16-24 bars of music from a musical other than “Mary Poppins” and be ready for a dance call. Auditionees may be asked to sing or read from “Mary Poppins” Any questions can be directed to auditions@memorialoperahouse.com

Bert

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

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

Winifred Banks

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 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

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

Michael

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

Katie Nanna

Jane and Micahel's nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.

Policeman

A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat.

Miss Lark

The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if her were child.

Admiral Boom

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.

Mrs. Brill

The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked and harassed, 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

Robertson Ay

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

Mary Poppins

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 are the key.

Vocal range top: C6

Vocal range bottom: Gb3

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.

Neleus

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.

Queen Victoria

A statue in the park.

Bank Chairman

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

Miss Smythe

The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary.

Ensemble

Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Parkgoers.

Von Hussler

A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.

John Northbrook

An honest business man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.

Bird Woman

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 reflects the hardness of her life.

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: Gb3

Mrs. Corry

Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with an exotic accent.

Miss Andrew

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