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Auditions for Mary Poppins
August 13 & 14 – 6 – 10 PM
Call Backs – August 17 – 6 – 10 PM

MARY POPPINS will be directed by Nate C. Adams with music direction by Mark Mrozek and choreography by Ashley Patin.

To audition, please sign up for an audition time slot at SunsetPlayhouse.com.  For your audition please arrive with a 32-bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Singing from the show is highly encouraged. Please bring your own sheet music, in your key, clearly marked, and in a binder. We will not hear acapella auditions. Callbacks will be held on Friday, August 17 and will consist of song and scene cuts. There will be a dance call at your audition, so please bring clothes to move in. If you have tap shoes, please bring them. Those who can tap will learn a short tap combination.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – MARY POPPINS. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Note:  If you are cast as Mary, Burt, or an ensemble member you MUST be available on both October 4 & 5 from 10 AM – 6 PM for flight training for Mary and Burt and flight training operation for the ensemble.

Auditions: Monday, August 13 – Tuesday, August 14, 2018

6:00 – 7:00 pm Kids Auditions*
7:00 – 9:00 pm Adult Auditions
9:00 – 10:00pm Dance Call

*Due to an overwhelming response we have now opened up all audition spots for kid auditions. (Updated 7/16/2018)

Callbacks: Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6:00pm

First Rehearsal: August 20, 2018
Foy flight training: Oct 4 & 5  4PM -10PM    (Mary, Burt, ensemble members, technicians – mandatory)
Tech Week:  October 6 – 10, 2018 –  Mandatory
Performances:  October 11 – November 4, 2018

Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 cash deposit.

Visit SunsetPlayhouse.com or contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:30 pm for auditions.

Synopsis

Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Mary 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 grownups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Character Descriptions –  Seeking to cast 10 males and 10 females. Please note, this production contains a full working ensemble. Ensemble members must be able to dance.

Male Characters

Bert (age: 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. Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: B2

 George Banks (age: 40 to 50) 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. Vocal range top: Eb4  Vocal range bottom: Bb2

 Michael Banks (age: 9 to 11) 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* *NOTE: This role requires an unchanged boys voice.

Robertson Ay (age: 20 to 30) The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy and grumbling, 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

Neleus / Sweep / Ensemble (age: 20 to 30) 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. Must dance extremely well. Ballet experience is preferred.

Policeman / Bear / Sweep / Ensemble (age: 30 to 30) Policeman: A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat.

Bank Chairman / Ensemble (age: 50s) Bank Chairman: The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. Vocal range top: D4  Vocal range bottom: C3

Male Ensemble #1 / Male Dance Captain: Valentine / Von Hussler / Sweep (age: 20 to 30) A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.

Male Ensemble #2: Toy Soldier Doll / John Northbrook / Sweep (age: 20 to 30) An honest business man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.

Male Ensemble #3: Park Keeper / Sailor Doll / Sweep (age: 30s) Uniformed and officious, he makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood.

Female Characters

Mary Poppins (age: 20 to 30) 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

 

Winifred Banks (age: 30 to 40)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 obnly 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 Banks (age: must read 11-13 on stage) 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

 Mrs. Brill (age: 50 to 60) 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

 Katie Nanna / Mrs. Corry / Ensemble (age: 30 to 40)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.

Mrs. Corry: Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with a Caribbean/Creole accent (or any accent that would make her seem exotic).
Miss Lark / Bird Woman (age: 30 to 50) Miss Lark: The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if her were child.

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 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

Miss Andrew / Miss Smythe / Ensemble (age: 40s) 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

 Female Ensemble #1 / Female Dance Captain: Fannie / Sweep (ages 18-30)

Female Ensemble #2: (ages 18-30) Annie / Ballet Doll / Sweep 

Female Ensemble #3: (ages 18-30) Glamorous Doll / Sweep 

**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast but are generally 5 nights a week from 6:30 -10:00 pm.

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