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Mary Poppins Auditions

Auditions for Mary Poppins

Performance Riverside is holding open call auditions for Mary Poppins, June 21st and 22nd, 2015 at the Landis Performing Arts Center.

 

Audition times for both days are:
10am Children Only
11am Ensemble
3pm Vocalist/Supporting Roles

Gary Krinke, dir.; Greg Nabours, musical dir.; Renee Liskey, choreo.; Jodi Julian, artistic dir.

Synopsis: Using a combination of magic and common sense, Mary Poppins teaches the mischievous Banks children how to behave and teaches the family how to value each other again. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "anything can happen if you let it."

REHEARSAL AND PRODUCTION DATES & LOCATIONS

Rehearsals begin Aug. 24 (Mon.-Thurs., 7-11 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.); runs Sept. 25-27 & Oct. 2-4 in Riverside, CA.

SEEKING TALENT

(The Roles of Marry Poppins and George Banks have already been cast.)

Bert: (Lead) manly but warm; inexplicably has a variety of occupations: match man, pavement painter, chimney sweep, hurdy-gurdy player; a friend of Mary Poppins; always nearby to watch the children and observe the goings on in Cherry Tree Land; song and dance man; excellent tap dancer; Cockney accent; baritone to G; no fear of heights.

Mrs. Brilli: (Supporting) the housekeeper; always complaining that the house is understaffed; most of the time her intimidating exterior barely masks the warmth underneath; big, bosomy, and harassed; barks rather than speaks; doesn't have a high opinion of nannies in general and Mary Poppins in particular; alto.

Miss Andrew/Birdwoman: (Supporting) can play older; George's old nanny; overbearing lady with a huge trumpeting voice; beak-nosed, grim-mouthed; small, peering bespectacled eyes; a bully who only knows one way of doing things--her way; soprano with alto belt. Birdwoman is covered in a patchwork of old shawls, her pockets are stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds; sings "Feed the Birds."

Robertson (Supporting): Male, 18-25, All Ethnicities house boy to the Banks family; lazy, sleepy, and grumbling; never gets things right, so believes himself to be useless; tenor.

Admiral Boom/Chairman: (Supporting) one actor plays both. Boom: retired; a man who has a loud and booming voice; speaks in navy jargon; baritone. Chairman: an Edwardian stuffed shirt; head of the bank.

Ensemble: (Chorus / Ensemble) 12 men/9 women: Neleus, Mrs. Corry, Valentine, Katie Nanna, Miss Lark, Park Keeper, and Policeman will be cast from Ensemble; tap and gymnastics a plus.

Michael Banks: (Lead) the cute and cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks; excitble and naughty; adores his father and tries to be like him; both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents; range: A3-E5.

Jane Banks (Supporting): 11-12, All Ethnicities the high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks; bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness; range: A3-F#5.

Winifred Banks: (Supporting) 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; suffers from the conflicting feelings that she's not up to the job of "being Mrs. Banks" yet, though she is, and more; has a great warmth and simplicity to her tone; range: A3-D9.

Additional Information

ALL Ensemble must sing and dance. Tap a must. Gymnastics a plus. WE WILL CUT AFTER DANCE CALL PRIOR TO VOCAL AUDITIONS. The roles of Neleus, Mrs Corry, Valentine, Katie Nanna, Miss Lark, Park Keeper, and Police Man will be cast form the ensemble. Vocal Auditions will be at 3pm for Principal Vocalists

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