Audition Information for:


The Henry Players’ production of
MARY POPPINS
Original Music and Lyrics by
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellows
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film
Originally produced on Broadway by
Cameron Mackintosh and Disney Theatrical Productions

AUDITIONS:
Non-paying, Non-equity
Monday, May 18 & Tuesday, May 19 with Auditions/Callbacks Thursday, May 21
6:15pm-9:00pm
Locust Grove Middle School Chorus Room (enter through the cafeteria and follow the signs)
3315 South Ola Road, Locust Grove, GA, 30248
PERFORMANCE DATES:
August 21-25, 27-30
Rehearsal schedule will be provided at auditions.


GENERAL INFORMATION:
This is mainly an adult cast with the exception of two children. The minimum age to audition is 15 years old by June 1. Younger actors may audition for the two child roles. The roles of the children will ideally be cast by actors being small in stature, 5’ tall or less. Actors auditioning for Mary or Bert MUST NOT be afraid of heights! All actors cast will be expected to participate in any and all fundraising efforts and at least two set calls. Audition by video submission will be accepted at the director’s discretion but you must contact me in advance to explain your situation and receive details on how to submit your video. Questions about auditions or the show can be sent to Shelia Gatlin by email shelia.gatlin@henry.k12.ga.us or private facebook message at Shelia Gatlin WingMom.


AUDITION SPECIFICATIONS:
1. Vocal Audition

  • Specified song from show (see cast of characters)
  • Accompaniment will be provided
  • Vocalization and tonal memory

2. Monologue

  • 1 minute
  • British, Cockney, or Other (see cast of characters)

3. Cold Reads from script

4. General dance audition for everyone

5. Optional additional auditions

  • Intermediate to advanced tap dancers
  • Advanced tumbling: back handspring, layout, tuck, aerial, etc…

CAST OF CHARACTERS
Anticipated doubling has been listed but may be changed at the director’s discretion. The first listed role is the primary role for which you would be auditioning. The listed ages are the stage ages. It does not matter your real age, provided that you are 15, if you can play the stage age range.

Bert (30s), 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. Tap experience is not required but highly favorable. Baritone B2-F#4, please prepare Let’s Go Fly a Kite and Chim Chim Cher-ee

George Banks (early 40s), father to Jane and Michael Banks, is a banker. Demanding precision and order in his household, he is a pipe and slippers man who doesn’t have much to do with his children. His emotional armor, however, reveals a sensitive soul. George speaks with a proper British accent. Baritone Bb2-Eb4, please prepare Cherry Tree Lane and Good for Nothing.

Winifred Banks (30s), is 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. Winifred speaks with a proper British accent. Mezzo Soprano A3-D5, please prepare Being Mrs. Banks and Anything Can Happen.

Jane Banks (11), is the high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. She is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Jane speaks with a proper British accent. Tap experience is not required but highly favorable. Child Soprano A3-F#5, please prepare Perfect Nanny and Let’s Go Fly a Kite.

Michael Banks (9), is 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. Michael tries to speak with a proper British accent. Tap experience is not required but highly favorable. Male child voice, unchanged A3-E5, please prepare Perfect Nanny and Let’s Go Fly a Kite.

Mrs. Corry (40s)/Katie Nanna (30s) Mrs. Corry owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman who speaks with a Caribbean accent (or any exotic sounding accent). Soprano D4-G5, please prepare Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. (Katie Nanna is Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show.)

John Northbrook (30s-40s)/Policeman: John Northbrook is an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England. Baritone, please prepare Precision and Order.

Miss Lark (30s)/Doll: Miss Lark is the haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog as if he were her child. Mezzo-Soprano, please prepare Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. (Doll is a toy belonging to the Banks children.)

Admiral Boom (50s)/Bank Chairman(50s): Admiral Boom is a retired Navy man and neighbor of the Banks family. He has a large and booming voice (British), he speaks in Navy jargon and has a soft spot for Miss Lark. Baritone please prepare Precision and Order.

Mrs. Brill (50s), is the housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked and harassed, she’s always complaining that the house in 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 speaks with a cockney accent. She does not have to be a strong singer. Alto F#3-D#5, please prepare Cherry Tree Lane.

Robertson Ay (20-30) is the houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy, and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless. He speaks with a cockney accent. Tenor F3-G#4, please prepare Cherry Tree Lane.

Mary Poppins (20s-30s) is Jane and Michael Banks’ 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. 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 key. She speaks with a proper British accent. Tap experience is not required but highly favorable. Mezzo Soprano Gb3-C6, please prepare Practically Perfect.

Von Hussler (30s-40s)/Park Keeper: Von Hussler is a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent. (Park keeper speaks with a cockney accent.) Please prepare A Man has Dreams.

Neleus (16-20) is that 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. A strong dancer and/or tumbler is highly favorable. Please prepare Jolly Holiday.

Bird Woman (50s)/Queen Victoria: The Bird Woman is 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 to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. No monologue is required for this role. Alto, please prepare Feed the Birds. (Queen Victoria is a statue in the park.)

Miss Andrew (40s-50s)/Ms. Smythe: Miss Andrew is George’s overbearing and scary boyhood nanny. With her bottle of nasty tasting brimstone and treacle to keep naughty children in line, she is a bully who only knows her way of doing things. Soprano with alto belt Gb3-F5, please prepare Brimstone and Treacle. (Ms. Smythe is the Bank Chairman’s secretary.)

Annie (20s)/Ensemble: is the daughter of Mrs. Corry. No monologue is required for this role. Please prepare Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Frannie (20s)/Ensemble: is the daughter of Mrs. Corry. No monologue is required for this role. Please prepare Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Valentine/Ensemble: a stuffed boy doll belonging to Jane. Baritone A2-D3, please prepare Playing the Game

Teddy Bear/Ensemble : A toy belonging to Jane and Michael. No monologue is required for this role. Please prepare Playing the Game.

Mr. Punch/Ensemble: A toy belonging to Jane and Michael. No monologue is required for this role. Please prepare Playing the Game.

Ensemble roles include park goers, servants, statues, etc…no monologue required.

Please email thehenryplayers@gmail.com with any questions.

 

 

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