Musical Theatre West generally holds auditions for its productions six to eight weeks before a show’s opening date. All roles are open to both Equity and non-Equity performers, and all ethnicities are always encouraged to audition.
Mary Poppins AUDITION INFO
Executive Director/Producer: Paul Garman
Director/Choreographer: Daniel Pelzig
Musical Director: Ryan O’Connell
Associate Choreographer: Christine Negherbon
AUDITIONS ARE HELD AT:
The Musical Theatre West Reiner Rehearsal Hall
4350 East 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90804
Sunday, April 23
6:00pm – 10:00pm —Non-Union Principals
and Ensemble singers (must be signed in by 5:45pm)
Please prepare a song in the style of the show.
Monday, April 24
4:00pm – 5:00pm —Children (Jane and Michael Banks)
6pm—Female Dancers (must be signed in by 5:45pm)
8:30pm – Male Dancers (must be signed in by 8:15pm)
Tuesday, April 25
16 bars of a song appropriate for the show. You may sing from the show.
Dancers: Please bring character shoes, ballet shoes and tap shoes.
(There will be doubling of roles, TBD from auditions)
MARY POPPINS (20s) is Jane and Michael Banks’s new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet very 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 key.
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.
WINIFRED BANKS (30s) is 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. 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 a great warmth and simplicity to her tone. Mezzo Soprano.
JANE BANKS ( should read 11, but can be older), the high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Child soprano.
MICHAEL BANKS (should read 9) is 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.
KATIE NANNA (30s) is Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.
POLICEMAN (30s-40s) is a neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of the households on his beat.
MISS LARK (30s) is the haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child. Mezzo soprano.
ADMIRAL BOOM (50s) is 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 needed. If Admiral Boom doubles as the Bank Chairman, he can be a baritone
MRS. BRILL (50s) is the housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked and harassed, 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 Range:
ROBERTSON AY (20-30) is 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.
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 (should read 16-20) is 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. Strong dancer with ballet training.
QUEEN VICTORIA (40s-50s) is a statue in the park.
BANK CHAIRMAN (50s), the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. He can speak/sing his lyrics if necessary. Baritone.
MISS SMYTHE (40s) is the Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary
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 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.
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.
VALENTINE is a stuffed boy doll belonging to Jane.
TEDDY BEAR, MR. PUNCH, and DOLL are toys belonging to Jane and Michael. Other toys can be added as desired.
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. A soprano with an alto belt, there can be some heaviness to her voice along with the range
DANCING ENSEMBLE comprises good tap, jazz, and ballet dancers and strong singing voices (all vocal ranges) .Please bring tap and character shoes.