Auditions

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Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's

Mary Poppins

A Musical based on the stories of P.L Travers and the Walt Disney Film

Audition Dates:
May 3, 4 and 5, 2020 @ 7PM

Performance Dates:
July 30, 31, Aug 1, 2, 2020
Aug 6, 7, 8, 9, 2020

Audition Location

Audition Location:
Southside Theatre Guild
20 W. Cambellton Street
Fairburn GA 30213

Southside Theatre Guild presents volunteer, non-equity auditions for Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins.

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.

Online Audition Form: https://forms.gle/mWhw6UDEP6mp5SYt7

Please email a theatre resume and photo to dir-marypoppins@stgplays.com. Resumes and photos do not have to be created professionally. We would rather see something that best represents you as you are now. Additional audition information may also be obtained by email.

Audition Requirements

Singing

Seeking all experience levels; particularly those with "musical theater" vocal and harmonic abilities to play leading, supporting, featured and cameo characters. The ensemble will consist of anyone willing to try. There are also parts for those who cannot sing.

To prepare: Please bring your song via track(i.e. cd, mp3 player, Spotify, YouTube, etc.). Your song should be a standard Broadway show tune in the correct key for your voice. Songs in a similar style/era of musical theater are encouraged; however, please DO NOT use a song from the show. Come prepared to sing the entire song, though we may stop you before the end of your song.

Choreography

Those with any/all levels of experience are encouraged to audition; however, those with tap skills are especially needed.The most important quality we are looking for is a “never-say-die” willingness to learn.

To prepare: Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and warm up before auditions begin

Acting

There will be cold reading from the script and acting exercises. If you would like to prepare a monologue, you may, though it is not required.

Casting Information

ENSEMBLE ROLES: The ensemble is vital to this production. The Ensemble will be showcased throughout the production in a wide variety of cameo speaking dancing and singing roles.  Ensemble characters include: Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll,Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Park Goers, and more. Note:Sweeps will have to tap dance.
Please be familiar with the songs, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “Playing the Game.”

FEMALE ROLES:
Mary Poppins (age 20’s-30’s. Mezzo: Gb3-C6. Strong Dancer required.)
LEAD: Jane and Michael Banks's new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy,delightfully vain, sometimes a little frightening, but always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says. A mezzosoprano 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.

Please be familiar with the song, “Practically Perfect.”

Jane Banks (age 11-12. Soprano: A3-F#5) Supporting role. The bright and precocious daughter, she can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.

Please be familiar with the songs, “Perfect Nanny” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.”

Winifred Banks (Age: 30-40 yrs. Mezzo: A3 – D5) Supporting role. A former actress and loving homemaker who tries to be the model wife and mother -- and to live up to George’s quest for status. She has great warmth. 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.

Please be familiar with the song, “Being Mrs. Banks.”

Katie Nanna (to play age 25-35[ish]. Any vocal range; will also play ensemble roles.) The first nanny. Upset and overwhelmed, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.

Miss Lark (to play 30’s. Any vocal range.) The Banks’ haughty next-door neighbo rwho treats her dog, Willoughby, as if her were a child.

Mrs. Brill (to play 50’s. Alto/Mezzo: F#3-D#5. Can be character-style singer.)The Banks’ housekeeper and cook. Overworked and complaining, but with a warmth underneath. She has a low opinion of nannies.

Please be familiar with the song, “Cherry Tree Lane.”

Miss Andrew (to play 40’s. Soprano with alto belt: Gb3-F5, can have heaviness to voice.) George's overbearing and scary nanny. Uses nasty-tasting brimstone and treacle to keep naughty children in line, she is a mean bully.

Please be familiar with the song, “Brimstone and Treacle.”

Bird Woman (to play 50’s. Range: Gb3-C5. Can have a gruff, folksy voice.)Covered in old shawls, she tries to sell bags of crumbs for the birds, to passersby, who ignore her.

Please be familiar with the song, “Feed the Birds.”

Mrs. Corry (to play 40’s-60’s. Any vocal range (typically soprano). Exotic accent; Caribbean or other.) Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman.

Please be familiar with the song, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

Queen Victoria (to play 40’s. Any vocal range.) A statue in the park.

Miss Smythe (to play 40’s. Any vocal range.) The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary.

MALE ROLES:
Bert (30-40 yrs. Bari-Tenor: B2-F#4. Strong Dancer required.) Lead role. 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.

Please be familiar with the songs, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and“Chim-Chim-Cher-ee.”

Michael Banks (boy to play age 9-10. Voice: A3-E5) Supporting role. An excitable and naughty son, he adores his father and tries to be like him. Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents.

Please be familiar with the songs “Perfect Nanny” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.”

George Banks (35-45 yrs. Baritone: Bb2 - Eb4. May speak/sing if necessary.)Supporting role. A banker who demands ‘precision and order.’ He is distant from his children. His journey reveals a sensitive soul.

Please be familiar with the songs, “Cherry Tree Lane,” and “Good for Nothing.”

Robertson Ay (to play 20. Tenor: F3-G#4) The Banks’ houseboy. Lazy, sleepy and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless. Brief singing solo in "Spoonful of Sugar."

Please be familiar with the song, “Cherry Tree Lane.”

Admiral Boom (to play 50. Any vocal range, for ensemble songs.) Retired Roya lNavy man and Banks’ neighbor. He has a loud and booming voice, speaks in Navy jargon, and has a soft spot for Miss Lark.

Von Hussler (age 30’s. Any vocal range. German accent.) He is seeking a loan for a shady business deal.

Please be familiar with the song, “A Man Has Dreams.”

John Northbrook (age 30’s-40’s. Any vocal range. Northern Brit accent.) Honest man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community.

Please be familiar with the song, “Precision and Order.”

Neleus (to play 16[ish]. Strong Dancer required.) Statue of a boy in the park;he magically ‘comes to life’. Neleus was separated from his father, Poseidon,and misses him very much. He enjoys meeting Jane and Michael.

Bank Chairman (age 50-60. Range: C3-D4; can speak/sing.) George Banks’ boss. An Edwardian stuffed shirt.

Please be familiar with the song, “Precision and Order.”

Policeman (Any age to 40s. Any vocal range.) Respected and observant neighborhood bobby.

Park Keeper (30’s-40’s. Any vocal range; typically, tenor.) Uniformed and officious, his life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood.

Contact Information

If you have questions after reading the above, please contact the director at dir-marypoppins@stgplays.com.