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Auditions

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s
Mary Poppins
July 12-22, 2018

All genders and ethnicities are encouraged to participate.

Monday, March 19, 2018
   Location: Dudley Birder Hall
   KIDS Auditions: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
   ADULT Auditions: 7 pm. - 10 p.m.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
   Location: Dudley Birder Hall
   ADULT Auditions: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
   Location: Dudley Birder Hall
   KIDS Auditions: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
   ADULT Auditions: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
   Location: Hall of Fine Arts - Walter Theatre
   LAST CHANCE / OUT OF TOWN Auditions: 10 a.m. - 12noon
   CALL BACKS - FIRST SESSION: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
   CALL BACKS - SECOND SESSION: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (if needed)

If unable to make these audition times, please contact Kent Paulsen at 920-403-3087 or email kent.paulsen@snc.edu

In order to audition, you must register in advance. There is no registration fee for auditions or for participating in the program. Cast members may be responsible for purchasing low-cost apparel or other materials.

What to Expect and Prepare

  • Arrive 15 minutes early and come warmed up vocally and physically.
  • Come dressed in comfy clothes and be prepared for movement/choreography.
  • Resumes and headshots are encouraged, but not required.
  • Check in with the stage manager in the lobby of the venue immediately upon arrival.
  • A photo will be taken and a number will be assigned to you.

You will be auditioned in groups of 10. The auditions are open for all to see, but you are only required to be engaged in the audition process for about 90 minutes, consisting of 30 minutes of movement and 60 minutes of singing/speaking to cycle through each member of the group. Be attentive as auditions will move fast; do not hold up the group.

Everyone must sing!
Prepare 1 or 2 contrasting musical theatre selections each up to 1 minute in length (usually about 32 measures). You will sing one song for sure and could be asked to sing the second if the directors want to hear more.

You can bring your own accompanist or we will provide one. Bring the sheet music for your pieces, have the pages bookmarked, and mark the start and stop of the 32 bars you intend to sing. Please, no tapes, CDs, or iPods.

For those interested in a principal (speaking) role:
Prepare a two-minute monologue of your choosing or be prepared to read from a selection of plays chosen by the director.

Those being called back will be contacted on Friday, March 23, unless you are part of the Saturday, March 24 morning auditions, in which case, you will be notified at the end of your audition process. You are required to be present for the entire call back session to which you are assigned.


Principal Roles and Character Information

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. This character does fly on stage.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
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's
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 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.
Gender: female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3


NOTE: Jane and Michael Banks will be double cast. Each set of children will perform 5 of the 10 performances. If one of the children should get sick, then the child from the other set will be asked to perform in an additional performance. Therefore, all Banks children need to be ready and able to perform at all performances. We may also ask for the non-performing children to be backstage to help and support their performing counterparts with props and costume changes. It will truly be a team effort and an amazing, challenging experience.

Jane Banks
The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.
Gender: female
Age: 11 to 11
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Michael Banks
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. The boy's voice must be unchanged in order to play this role.
Gender: male
Age: 9 to 9
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.
Gender: female
Age: 30's

Policeman
A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat.
Gender: male
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.
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

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.
Gender: female
Age: 50's
Vocal range top: D#5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Robertson Ay
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.
Gender: male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: G#4
Vocal range bottom: F3

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. This character does fly on stage.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: Gb3

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's

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 a wonderful opportunity to feature one of the strong dancers in your ensemble.
Gender: male
Age: 14 to 18

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

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 70
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Miss Smythe
The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary.
Gender: female
Age: 40's


Ensemble Roles and Character Information

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

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's

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's

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 relfelcts the hardness of her life.
Gender: female
Age: 50 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's

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

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are generally held during the evenings on weekdays between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. The first three rehearsals will be mandatory for everyone and will take place from 6 p.m. to 9/9:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 22 at Hall of Fine Arts
  • Wednesday, May 23 at Hall of Fine Arts
  • Thursday, May 24 at Birder Hall

In the beginning of the rehearsal process, ensemble members are only called a couple nights a week, and principal roles would be called most evenings. However, principal roles will be scheduled to be respectful of time. The Banks children, Mary and Bert will obviously have extensive rehearsal time. The quantity of and the need to be present at rehearsals for all cast members will increase as we get closer to opening night.

Those characters that fly (Mary, Bert, potentially Banks children, and potentially others per the director) will have an intensive and mandatory training process the week of June 25th:

  • Wednesday, June 27, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. on Walter Stage
  • Thursday, June 28, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. on Walter Stage
  • Friday, June 29, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. on Walter Stage

There will be no rehearsals held June 30th through July 4th.

Starting July 6th, rehearsals will be mandatory and held daily until opening night. Tech weekend is July 6th through July 8th, and to break up the intensity of the rehearsal process, we do intend to host potluck style dinner breaks.

Dress Rehearsals take place July 9th through July 11th.

The show runs from July 12th through July 22nd. All are required to be at every performance.

All persons are expected to take part in strike on the day of the last performance, July 22nd. We will provide a meal for all involved and then dive into the work of taking down the show.

Show

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s
Mary Poppins
July 12-22, 2018

Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs, Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as 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.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins 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 grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."

"Mary Poppins" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Tickets

 


Auditions

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s
Mary Poppins
July 12-22, 2018

All genders and ethnicities are encouraged to participate.

Monday, March 19, 2018
   Location: Dudley Birder Hall
   KIDS Auditions: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
   ADULT Auditions: 7 pm. - 10 p.m.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
   Location: Dudley Birder Hall
   ADULT Auditions: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
   Location: Dudley Birder Hall
   KIDS Auditions: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
   ADULT Auditions: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
   Location: Hall of Fine Arts - Walter Theatre
   LAST CHANCE / OUT OF TOWN Auditions: 10 a.m. - 12noon
   CALL BACKS - FIRST SESSION: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
   CALL BACKS - SECOND SESSION: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (if needed)

If unable to make these audition times, please contact Kent Paulsen at 920-403-3087 or email kent.paulsen@snc.edu

In order to audition, you must register in advance. There is no registration fee for auditions or for participating in the program. Cast members may be responsible for purchasing low-cost apparel or other materials.

What to Expect and Prepare

  • Arrive 15 minutes early and come warmed up vocally and physically.
  • Come dressed in comfy clothes and be prepared for movement/choreography.
  • Resumes and headshots are encouraged, but not required.
  • Check in with the stage manager in the lobby of the venue immediately upon arrival.
  • A photo will be taken and a number will be assigned to you.

You will be auditioned in groups of 10. The auditions are open for all to see, but you are only required to be engaged in the audition process for about 90 minutes, consisting of 30 minutes of movement and 60 minutes of singing/speaking to cycle through each member of the group. Be attentive as auditions will move fast; do not hold up the group.

Everyone must sing!
Prepare 1 or 2 contrasting musical theatre selections each up to 1 minute in length (usually about 32 measures). You will sing one song for sure and could be asked to sing the second if the directors want to hear more.

You can bring your own accompanist or we will provide one. Bring the sheet music for your pieces, have the pages bookmarked, and mark the start and stop of the 32 bars you intend to sing. Please, no tapes, CDs, or iPods.

For those interested in a principal (speaking) role:
Prepare a two-minute monologue of your choosing or be prepared to read from a selection of plays chosen by the director.

Those being called back will be contacted on Friday, March 23, unless you are part of the Saturday, March 24 morning auditions, in which case, you will be notified at the end of your audition process. You are required to be present for the entire call back session to which you are assigned.


Principal Roles and Character Information

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. This character does fly on stage.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
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's
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 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.
Gender: female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3


NOTE: Jane and Michael Banks will be double cast. Each set of children will perform 5 of the 10 performances. If one of the children should get sick, then the child from the other set will be asked to perform in an additional performance. Therefore, all Banks children need to be ready and able to perform at all performances. We may also ask for the non-performing children to be backstage to help and support their performing counterparts with props and costume changes. It will truly be a team effort and an amazing, challenging experience.

Jane Banks
The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.
Gender: female
Age: 11 to 11
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Michael Banks
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. The boy's voice must be unchanged in order to play this role.
Gender: male
Age: 9 to 9
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.
Gender: female
Age: 30's

Policeman
A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat.
Gender: male
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.
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

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.
Gender: female
Age: 50's
Vocal range top: D#5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Robertson Ay
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.
Gender: male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: G#4
Vocal range bottom: F3

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. This character does fly on stage.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: Gb3

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's

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 a wonderful opportunity to feature one of the strong dancers in your ensemble.
Gender: male
Age: 14 to 18

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

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 70
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Miss Smythe
The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary.
Gender: female
Age: 40's


Ensemble Roles and Character Information

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

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's

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's

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 relfelcts the hardness of her life.
Gender: female
Age: 50 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's

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

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are generally held during the evenings on weekdays between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. The first three rehearsals will be mandatory for everyone and will take place from 6 p.m. to 9/9:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 22 at Hall of Fine Arts
  • Wednesday, May 23 at Hall of Fine Arts
  • Thursday, May 24 at Birder Hall

In the beginning of the rehearsal process, ensemble members are only called a couple nights a week, and principal roles would be called most evenings. However, principal roles will be scheduled to be respectful of time. The Banks children, Mary and Bert will obviously have extensive rehearsal time. The quantity of and the need to be present at rehearsals for all cast members will increase as we get closer to opening night.

Those characters that fly (Mary, Bert, potentially Banks children, and potentially others per the director) will have an intensive and mandatory training process the week of June 25th:

  • Wednesday, June 27, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. on Walter Stage
  • Thursday, June 28, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. on Walter Stage
  • Friday, June 29, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. on Walter Stage

There will be no rehearsals held June 30th through July 4th.

Starting July 6th, rehearsals will be mandatory and held daily until opening night. Tech weekend is July 6th through July 8th, and to break up the intensity of the rehearsal process, we do intend to host potluck style dinner breaks.

Dress Rehearsals take place July 9th through July 11th.

The show runs from July 12th through July 22nd. All are required to be at every performance.

All persons are expected to take part in strike on the day of the last performance, July 22nd. We will provide a meal for all involved and then dive into the work of taking down the show.

Show

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s
Mary Poppins
July 12-22, 2018

Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs, Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as 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.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins 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 grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."

"Mary Poppins" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Tickets

 


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