Mary Poppins – Auditions

The Levoy Theatre and Off Broad Street Players production of:
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh

Co-Directed by Tyler Daddario & Walter A. Webster
Choreographed by Kaitlin Davis

Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins takes us on a magical and thrilling journey. When a mysterious nanny suddenly appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks, adventure abounds. As she whisks them away to teach them that magic can be found in everyday life, Jane and Michael (and their parents) discover the true meaning of family. Featuring an irresistible story, eye-popping sets and costumes, breathtaking dance numbers and beloved songs such as the Academy Award-winning “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,”and “Feed the Birds,” you won’t want to miss this SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS adventure!

MARY POPPINS is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com

AUDITION DATES:
Monday, August 12th, 2019 – 6 pm – 9 pm (by appointment)
Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 – 6 pm – 9 pm (by appointment)
(Walk-ins will be accepted and seen between appointments.)

CALLBACK DATES:
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 – 6 pm – 10 pm (if necessary)

Dates:
Friday, November 8th, 2019 – 8 pm
Saturday, November 9th, 2019 – 8 pm
Sunday, November 10th, 2019 – 3 pm
Thursday, November 14th, 2019 – 7:30 pm
Friday, November 15th, 2019 – 8 pm
Saturday, November 16th, 2019 – 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, November 17th, 2019 – 3 pm

The Levoy Theatre, Home of The Off Broad Street Players Theatre Company, announces auditions for the magical musical Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS. Join us at The Levoy Theatre on Monday, August 12th, 2019 or Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 from 6 pm – 9 pm for auditions. The Levoy Theatre is located on 130 N. High St., Millville, NJ.

Please be prepared with 16-32 bars of a Broadway or Disney style song of your choice written in the style(s) of the show. Please do NOT sing a song from Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS. We are looking for bright, diverse, and energetic cast who is ready to have fun. Dance experience is a plus but not a necessity.

An accompanist will be provided. Please provide piano sheet music for our accompanist. If needed, you can also bring an audio file with NO background vocals on an iPod or phone. An auxiliary speaker will be provided. NO acappella auditions will be allowed. You may be asked to sing scales by our accompanist.

Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (be as specific as possible about conflicts.) Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal and performance schedules before auditioning.

Please use the provided link to schedule an audition appointment:

You can schedule your audition now!

Walk-ins will be seen between appointments. This is a non-equity, non-paid production. All roles are available.

Rehearsals will begin in late August. Rehearsals will typically be held on Sundays from 2 pm-6 pm, Mondays from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, Wednesdays from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, and Saturdays in the morning. Rehearsals may be held on other days of the week as needed. Tech week will run from Saturday, November 2nd through Thursday. November 7th, 2019. No absences will be accepted during tech week or performances. Rehearsals will be scheduled to suit cast availability. Not all performers will be asked to attend all rehearsals.

If you have any questions, please email production@levoy.net or call Tyler Daddario at 856-327-6400, ext. 108.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

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. Baritone. Vocal:: B2 – F#4

GEORGE BANKS: (early 40s) 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: Bb2 – Eb4

WINIFRED BANKS: (30s) 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. Mezzo Soprano. Vocal: A3 – D5.

JANE BANKS: (11) The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Child soprano. Vocal: A3 – F#5.

MICHAEL BANKS: (9) 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. Male child voice, unbroken. Vocal: A3 – E5.

KATIE NANNA: (30s) Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children. Will double as Annie.

POLICEMAN: (30s-40s) A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat. Will double with Mr. Punch.

MISS LARK: (30s) The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if her were child. Mezzo soprano.

ADMIRAL BOOM: (50s) 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. Baritone. Will double as Bank Chairman.

MRS. BRILL: (50s) 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. Alto. Vocal: F#3 – D#5.

ROBERTSON AY: (20-30) 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. Tenor. Vocal: F3 – G#4.

MARY POPPINS: (20s) 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: Gb3 – C6.

PARK KEEPER: (40s – 50s) Uniformed and officious, he makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood. Tenor.

NELEUS: (16-20) 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 a wonderful opportunity for a strong dancer.

QUEEN VICTORIA: (40s-50s) is a statue in the park. Will double with Miss Smythe & Miss Andrew.

BANK CHAIRMAN: (50s-60s), the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. Will double as Admiral Boom. He can speak/sing his lines if necessary. Baritone. Vocal: C3 – D4.

MISS SMYTHE: (40s) is the Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary. Will double with Queen Victoria & Miss Andrew.

VON HUSSLER: (30s-40s) is a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.

JOHN NORTHBROOK: (30s-40s) is an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.

BIRD WOMAN: (50s) 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 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. Alto. Vocal: Gb3 – C5.

MRS. CORRY: (40s) 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). Soprano.

ANNIE and FANNIE: (20s) are Mrs.Corry’s daughters. Annie will double as Katie Nanna.

VALENTINE: is a stuffed boy doll belonging to Jane. Vocal: A3 – D5.

TEDDY BEAR, MR. PUNCH, and DOLL: are toys belonging to Jane and Michael. Mr. Punch will double with the Policeman.

MISS ANDREW: (40s-50s) is 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. Will double with Queen Victoria & Miss Smythe. A soprano with an alto belt, there can be some heaviness to her voice along with range. Vocal: Gb3 – F5.

DANCING ENSEMBLE: comprises good tap, jazz, and ballet dancers and strong singing voices (all vocal ranges). The ensemble will be divided vocally as needed to play statues, customers, bank clerks, toys, kite flyers, chimney sweeps, toys, parkgoers, etc.

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