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MARY POPPINS

Auditions will take place on February 10th @ 10:00AM
Callbacks upon request on February 11th @ 12:00 PM
13 Taylor Ave, Clinton, NY 13323.

Be sure to fill out this audition form and the registration form found above! Reminder, you do not have to be a student to audition! Any child is welcome to audition for any role regardless of gender identity.

Auditions are open to children/teens ages 6-18 years old.  A fee of $80 for RISE members and $100 for non-members will be required after a successful audition to cover costume expenses and other production fees. There is NO FEE to audition. 

If you can not make it to our audition date but wish to audition, please email the director at bwitter@drew.edu

This is a dance/tap heavy show. Though a student doesn't need to have previously danced or specifically tap danced, if the student wishes to audition for the tap section, it would be strongly recommended that students take a tap class currently to build their skills for the production. As always, we recommend enrolling in acting class to build characterization skills for the production. 

Rehearsals will be held 1-4 times per week depending on roles. We usually hold rehearsals on:

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 (typically for leading roles)

Fridays from 4:30-6:30 (typically for dance rehearsals with larger cast numbers)

Sundays 3:00-5:00 (typically all performers called)

These days and times are subject to change depending on performer availability. 

 

Performances are scheduled for June. Any rehearsals in June are mandatory. (Performers must be present for all rehearsals and performances with limited absences taken into account for extenuating circumstances.)

 

Upon the start of rehearsals, a conflict sheet will be sent out for any preplanned and excused absences. 

Character Breakdown

 

MARY POPPINS

Jane and Michael’s new nanny who is a force to be reckoned with possessing a dazzling personality. Full of hope even when things look dire, she professes “anything can happen if you let it.” Practically perfect in every way. Mezzo-soprano with a strong top – mid 20’s – must move very well and tap.

BERT

A one man band, sidewalk artist, chimney sweep and kite salesman and friend to Mary Poppins. Charming and Charismatic – baritone to G – mid 30’s – an excellent dancer including tap. Cockney accent.

GEORGE BANKS

Head of the Banks household, a bank manager who tries to be a good provider, but often forgets how to be a good husband and father. Baritone – Early 40’s

WINIFRED BANKS

A former actress who is very busy trying to live up to her husband’s expectations. She is a loving but distracted mother to Jane and Michael. Mezzo-soprano – mid 30’s

MICHAEL BANKS

Cute, excitable and sometimes naughty. He adores his father and tries to be like him. Must move very well and tap.

Maximum height: 56” – 9 years old

JANE BANKS

Pretty, exuberant, but willful and occasionally inclined to snobbishness. Must move very well and tap.

Maximum height 60” – 11 years old.

MRS. BRILL

The Banks’ family cook who rules the kitchen and Robertson Ay with an iron hand. Alto – mid 50’s

ROBERTSONAY

Clumsy but good-hearted footman of the Banks household, he has problems following directions and is a knock-about comic character. Tenor – early 20’s.

MISS ANDREW

George Banks’ old nanny called in to take Mary Poppins’ place. She is cruel and demanding to the entire Banks family. Things must be done her way-or else! Soprano with Alto belt – 40’-50’s

MRS. CORRY

Mysterious and very old, she runs the “Talking Shop” where people buy conversations and gingerbread. She knew George Banks when he was a boy. Soprano – 50’s and up.

NELEUS

A statue in the park who has lost his father. Tenor – 20’s – an excellent dancer

THE BIRD WOMAN

Sits in front of St. Paul’s cathedral every day selling bags of crumbs for her beloved pigeons. Alto – 50’s Sings “Feed the Birds.”

THE PARK KEEPER

A stickler for rules and regulations, he watches over the park. Tenor – 30’s-40’s

ADMIRAL BOOM

The Banks’ family friendly neighbor on Cherry Tree Lane – baritone – 50’s

Miss LARK

Another of the Banks’ neighbors. A bit snobby and treats her dog, Willoughby, as a child. Mezzo-Soprano – 30’s-40’s

KATIE NANNA

The last of a long line of nannies for the Banks’ children who leaves #17 Cherry Tree Lane being fed up with Jane and Michael’s pranks. – 40’-50’s

PARK STATUES

Statues that come to life through Mary Poppins magic. These characters are a select dance ensemble with spotlight solos.  

KIDS TOYS

Toys that come to life in a nightmare. These characters are a select dance ensemble with spotlight solos. 

CHIMNEY SWEEPS

The friends that work with Burt. These characters are a select dance ensemble with spotlight solos who primarily tap dance. 

ENSEMBLE

A large group of men and women and children who must sing and dance very well. Many small character parts and dancing solos.

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