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Mary Poppins Auditions

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is also 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. Now, the enchanting story and unforgettable music are coming to the Historic Palace Theater in Cape Charles. We are seeking a diverse and talented cast to bring this story to life!

 

Director: Clelia Cardano Sheppard

Music Director: Megan Cartwright

 

Auditions: Sat, Dec 10: 11:00-1:00 (video submissions will also be accepted)

Callbacks: Sun, Dec 18: 12:30pm

Performances: May 5-7, 12-14

Rehearsals: First rehearsal is Sun, Feb 12.  Rehearsals will generally take place Saturdays 10:00-4:00 & Sundays 1:30-4:00; as we get closer to performance dates, rehearsals will extend to Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

Can't attend December 10?  Click here to submit a video audition!

 

Audition Requirements: Welcome! We're excited to meet you! We recommend you call ahead to schedule your audition time (757-331-4327), though we will accept walk-in auditions as well. Please prepare 16 bars (roughly 1 minute) to sing, either a capella or accompanied by your own recording. Bluetooth speakers will be provided. You may be asked to read a short scene, and participate in a brief movement exercise. Finally, please come with any schedule conflicts between February 12 and May 4.

 

Questions for conflicts with the audition schedule? 

Email us at marypoppins.palacetheatre@gmail.com or call 757-331-4327

 

Character Breakdown

Roles are open to actors of all ethnicities, and we will have roles for performers of all ages.

 

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 is the key.

Vocal range top: C6

Vocal range bottom: Gb3

 

Bert

The narrator of the story and a good friend to Mary Poppins. Bert has many occupations, including sidewalk artist and chimney sweep. Bert watches over the children as well as the goings on in Cherry Tree Lane with charm, a Cockney accent and a penchant for singing and dancing.

Vocal range top: F#4

Vocal range bottom: B2

 

George Banks

A banker to the very fiber of his being, George is the father to Jane and Michael Banks, and the husband of Winifred. 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.

 

Mrs. Brill

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

A handyman to the Banks family. Usually grumpy and sleepy, 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

 

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 an opportunity for a strong dancer.

 

Queen Victoria

A statue in the park.

 

Bank Chairman

The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed. He's snobbish and looks down on everyone. He can speak/sing his lines if necessary.

Vocal range top: D4

Vocal range bottom: C3

 

Miss Smythe

The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary.

 

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 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 a Caribbean accent (or any accent that would set her apart from the Londonors in our story).

 

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

 

Ensemble

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