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AUDITIONS

 

MARY_POPPINS_Full_4CEveryone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure.

Director – Peter Landry

Music Director – Joanne Landry

Choreographers – Karen Brown and Nicole Skorb

 

CAST REQUIREMENTS – 10 men, 10 women, 1 boy, 1 girl, plus ensemble

See character descriptions below

Where? Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182

When? Adult Role Auditions: Tuesday 9/20 & Wednesday 9/21 @ 7PM Sharp

Children Auditions: Sunday 9/25 @ 4PM sharp

Possible callbacks Sunday 9/25 @ 6PM 

*Punctuality will be noted and appreciated

Performance Dates: November 25, 26, December 2, 3 at 8:00PM; November 27, December 3, 4 at 2:00pm

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays from 6PM to 9PM; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7PM to 10PM, beginning September 28th

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For the auditions all should:

  1. Prepare a short vocal selection that displays range and ability. Singers should provide sheet music as an accompanist will be provided. If you choose to do a song from the show a score will be available at the auditions.
  2. Wear comfortable clothing for a dance/movement audition.
  3. If you can tap dance please bring shoes for brief tap audition.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

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 can have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction is the key. Role requires strong movement/dance ability. Although not required, tap dance ability would be a plus. Gender: Female; Age: 20 to 40; Vocal range top: C6; Vocal range bottom: Gb3

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. Although not required, tap dance ability would be a plus. Gender: Male; Age: 20 to 40; 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. Gender: Male; Age: 40 to 50; Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Winifred Banks: 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. Gender: Female; Age: 30 to 40; 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. Although not required, tap dance ability would be a plus. Gender: Female; Age: 11ish; 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. Although not required, tap dance ability would be a plus. Gender: Male; Age: 9ish; Vocal range top: E5; Vocal range bottom: A3

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. Character singer. Gender: Female; Age: 50 to 60; Vocal range top: D#5; Vocal range bottom: F#3

Robertson Ay: The sleepy, clumsy, nervous but good-hearted bootman to the Banks family. He often messes up and has trouble following instructions. He doesn’t do a lot of singing, but his “Spoonful” solo can be a fun surprise. Gender: Male; Age: 20 to 30; Vocal range top: G#4; Vocal range bottom: F3

Bird Woman: Covered in a patchwork of old shawls, she tries to sell her bags of crumbs to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. Sings “Feed the Birds.” Despite her gruff pieced together outward appearance, she has a warm quality to her voice that better shows her soul and inner beauty. Gender: Female; Age: 40 to 60; 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 a Caribbean accent (or any accent that would make her seem exotic). Gender: Female; Age: 40 to 50

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. Gender: Female; Age: 40 to 60; Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: Gb3

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. Strong movement and dance skills required, ballet preferred. Soloist in “It’s a Jolly Holiday”. Gender: Male; Age: 16 to 25

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. Gender: Male; Age: 40 to 50

Katie Nanna: Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children. Gender: Female; Age: 30 to 40

Miss Lark: The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if her child. Gender: Female; Age: 30 to 40

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. Gender: Male; Age: 50 to 60

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. Gender: Male; Age: 50 to 60; Vocal range top: D4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Miss Smythe: The Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary. Gender: Female; Age: 40 to 50

Von Hussler: A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent. Gender: Male; Age: 30 to 50

John Northbrook: An honest business man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England. Gender: Male; Age: 30 to 50

Policeman: A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat. Gender: Male; Age: 30 to 40

Queen Victoria: A statue in the park. Gender: Female; Age: 40 to 50

Chorus & Dance Ensemble: Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Parkgoers. Various ages

For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu


 Save time when you arrive at auditions! Print and complete our Audition Form in advance.


We are a true community theatre! All Theatre at the Mount auditions are open to anyone, regardless of previous theatre experience.

For more information, or to be added to our mailing list for audition notifications, contact Theatre Director Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu.