Mary Poppins – Auditions

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s

MARY POPPINS 

Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman 
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

Producers: Lori Lord, Susan Parker, Bobby Kerrigan
Director: Steve Black
Music Director: Lianne Goodwin
Choreographer: Nicole S. Gulino

June 23- July 1 at the Marblehead Veterans Middle School Performing Arts Center


Marblehead Little Theatre announces Non-Equity Auditions for

 Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s  MARY POPPINS 

Auditions for adults and children:

Sunday, March 11th 7:00PM-7:45PM, 8:15-9:00PM. Actors should sign-up for a singing time slot and be prepared to attend a dance call from 7:45PM-8:00PM  

Tuesday, March 13th from 6:30PM-7:15PM, 8:00-9:00PM. Actors should sign-up for a singing time slot and be prepared to attend a dance call from 7:15PM-8:00PM

Callbacks: Sunday, March 18th from 6:00-8:00PM

Schedule an Audition Appointment

Please prepare a verse and a chorus of a song in the style of the show. Sheet music should be brought to the audition and an accompanist will be provided. Bring tap shoes if you have them and bring clothes to move in for the dance call. There will be both a ballet/jazz combo and a tap combo. 

Tech/Performance Dates: 

Fri. June 15th – Evening Flight Rehearsal for select Cast
Sat. June 16th – Morning Flight Rehearsal for select Cast
Sun. June 17th – 9:00AM – 9:00PM – Set Load in and Tech as time allows
Mon. June 18th – 6:00PM – 10:00PM – Technical Rehearsal
Tues. June 19th –  Fri. June 22nd – 6:00-10:00PM – Tech/Dress Rehearsals

Performance Schedule – Saturday Opening:
June 23, 28, 29, 30 (7:30PM Performance);  June 24 (2:00PM) Performance
July 1st (2:00PM Performance and Strike)

Notes:

Schedule an Audition Appointment

Auditions will be held at the firehouse at 12 School St. Marblehead, MA. The production will be performed at the Marblehead Performing Arts Center located at Veterans Middle School. Questions are most welcome after researching the show. Any questions should be e-mailed to auditions@mltlive.com.

Rehearsals will run May 21-June 22nd on Sunday afternoons, Monday through Thursday evenings, and tech on the weekend prior to opening. 

About the Show:

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael 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 that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. This show is a perfect opportunity to showcase a strong, iconic female performer, as well as unique special effects and illusions. 

AVAILABLE ROLES

JANE BANKS – Female, age 9-11; range: A3-F#5; high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks; bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.

MICHAEL BANKS – Male, age 8-9; range: A3-E5; 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.

MARY POPPINS – Female, age 28-40; range: Gb3-C6; Jane and Michael Banks’s new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet very particular, and sometimes a little frightening but always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says. She should be able to move well and comfortable with heights.

BERT– Male, age 29-40; range: B2-F#4. Narrator of the story and 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. Must be comfortable with heights.

WINNIFRED BANKS – Female, age 30-40; range: A3-D5. 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 a 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 a great warmth and simplicity to her tone.

GEORGE BANKS – Male, age 30-45; range: Bb2-Eb4. Father to Jane and Michael Banks. He 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.

MRS. BRILL – Female. Age 50-60; range: F#3-D#5. 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.

ROBERTSON AY – Male, age 20-30; range: F3-G#4. Houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy, and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless.

BIRD WOMAN – Female, age 50-60; range: Gb3-C5. Covered in a patchwork of old shawls, her pockets are stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs for the birds to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. She has a gruff, folksy quality to her voice that reflects the hardness of her life.

MISS ANDREW – Female, age 40-60; range: Gb3-F5. 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.

MRS. CORRY – Female, age 40-50; 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).

ADMIRAL BOOM – Male, age 50-60; 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.

MISS LARK – Female,. Age 30-40; the haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child.

PARK KEEPER – Male, age 40-60; 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 – Male, age 16-25; statue of a young boy posed with a dolphin in the park. Neleus was separated from his father, Poseidon, and misses him very much.

JOHN NORTHBROOK – Male, age 30-50; an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.

VON HUSSLER – Male. Age 30-60; a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.

BANK CHAIRMAN – Male, age 50-60; range: C3-D4; head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed. He is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt.

KATIE NANNA – Female, age 20-30; range: Gb3-C6; Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.

MISS SMYTHE – Female, age 40-50; the Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.

QUEEN VICTORIA – Female, age 40-60;

ENSEMBLE – Male/Female, ages 16-60; singing-dancing ensemble consisting of Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, and Park-goers. Tap experience is a plus.

BOYS & GIRLS (Featured) – Male/Female, ages 8-15; to play the children of London

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