Auditions Announced for MARY POPPINS Presented by Rotary Club of Hamilton

RCH_logoThe public is invited to audition for Rotary Presents MARY POPPINS, a musical that will be on stage in Hamilton, Ohio March 28-31, 2019. The musical is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Hamilton.

Auditions for all ages (adults and children needed!) are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 and the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton. Auditioners must sign up for a time slot.

SIGN UP HERE: https://bit.ly/2A9d1AP

Directed by Rodney Neal
Produced by Mandy Gambrell

NOTE: Rehearsals will begin in mid-December and take place at 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 3-6 p.m. Sundays in the auditorium at Garfield Middle School on Fair Avenue in Hamilton.

AUDITION NEEDS:
Please prepare 1-2 min of a musical-theater style song. Bring sheet music for the accompanist or sing with a CD. A CD player with be provided. You are also welcome to use your own Bluetooth speaker. Please be connected and ready to sing when
your time slot comes up.

There will be a dance audition at the callback for characters called back for roles with more challenging dancing. Actors will also be called back for specific characters and will be asked to sing additional songs for specific roles, and read additional acting scenes.

CHARACTER NEEDS:
Mary Poppins: Jane and Michael Banks’ new nanny. She is practically perfect in every way (and knows it, in a most delightful way). She is extraordinary, neat and tidy, and sometimes a little frightening but always exciting. The world interacts with her in a magical, but normal for her, way. She should be able to move well and tap ability would be a bonus. She will speak with a standard British accent.
Female, 20 – 40 yrs. old
Range: Gb3 – C6, Soprano with a big range

Bert: The narrator of the story, Bert is a good friend, and perhaps something more, to Mary Poppins and possesses his own touch of magic. Bert has many occupations, including lamp-lighter, sidewalk artist and chimney sweep. Bert watches over the children as well as the happenings on Cherry Tree Lane. He has charm and speaks with a Cockney accent. Bert needs to be a good dancer and will tap dance.
Male, 20 – 40 yrs. old
Range: B2 – F#4, Baritone or Tenor

Winifred Banks: George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother. A former actress, she is a loving mother 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 worries that she’s not up to these tasks but she discovers that she is.
She will speak with a standard British accent.
Female, 30 – 40 yrs. old
Range: A3 – D5, Mezzo Soprano or Alto

George Banks: The father to Jane and Michael Banks, George is a banker to the core. Demanding “precision and order” in his household, he tries to be a good provider but often forgets to be a good father. His emotional armor, however, conceals a sensitive soul. He will speak with a standard British accent.
Male, 35 – 50 yrs. old
Range: Bb2 – Eb4, Baritone or Tenor

Jane Banks: The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, she is bright and precocious but she and her brother Michael often misbehave to get the attention of their parents. She will speak with a standard British accent.
Female, Stage age look 10-14 yrs. old
Range: A3 – F#5, Mezzo Soprano

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. He will speak with a standard British accent.
Male, Stage age 9-12 yrs. old
Range: A3 – E5, Boy Soprano

Mrs. Brill: The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked and sometimes grumpy, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed. Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath. She will speak with a Cockney accent.
Female, 40 – 60 yrs. old
Range: F#3 – D#5, Alto or Mezzo Soprano

Bird Woman: Her outward appearance is dirty and off-putting, but she shows the Banks children that appearances can be deceiving. She tries to sell her crumbs for birds to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. Sings “Feed the Birds.” She speaks with a Cockney accent. Female, 40+ yrs. old
Range: Gb3 – C5, Alto or Mezzo Soprano
Katie Nanna: The last in a long line of nannies for the Banks children before Mary Poppins arrives, she is overwhelmed and upset and has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children. She will speak with a Cockney accent. Will double as ensemble.
Female, 20 – 40 yrs. old
Speaking Role

Mrs. Corry: Owns a magical gingerbread letter shop which has been around for a long, long time. She is a mysterious and larger than life woman who is of no real place or time and appears ageless. May double as ensemble.
Female, 20+
Range: D4 – C5, Mezzo Soprano or Alto

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. She speaks with a standard British accent
Female, 40 – 60 yrs. old
Range: Gb3 – F5, Mezzo Soprano

Robertson Ay: The houseboy to the Banks family, Robertson Ay is a bit of comic relief. 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 is a fun surprise. He will speak with a Cockney accent. Male, 20 – 30 yrs. old
Range: F3 – G#4, Tenor

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. He will speak with a standard British accent. May double as ensemble.
Male, 50+ yrs. old
Speaking Role

Neleus: The statue of a young boy 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. He is chased about the park by two female statues. He will speak with a standard British accent. Will double as ensemble.
Male, 18 – 25 yrs. old Range: B2 – D4, Baritone

Bank Chairman: The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed. He is focused on the bottom line and his cold demeanor is reflected in the cold walls of the bank. He will speak with a standard British accent. Will double as ensemble.
Male, 50+ yrs. old
Range: C3 – D4, Baritone

POLICEMAN/ENSEMBLE: Is a neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of the households on his beat.

MISS LARK/ENSEMBLE: Is the haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child.

MISS SMYTHE: Is the Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.

QUEEN VICTORIA: Is a statue in the park.

PARK KEEPER/ENSEMBLE: 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.

VON HUSSLER/ENSEMBLE: Is a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.

JOHN NORTHBROOK/ENSEMBLE: Is an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.

ANNIE and FANNIE/ENSEMBLE: (20s) are Mrs. Corry’s daughters.

VALENTINE/ENSEMBLE: is a stuffed boy doll belonging to Jane.

TEDDY BEAR/ENSEMBLE: is a toy belonging to Jane and Michael.

MR. PUNCH/ENSEMBLE: is a toy belonging to Jane and Michael.

DOLL/ENSEMBLE: is a toy belonging to Jane and Michael.

ENSEMBLE: strong singing voices (all vocal ranges) that can dance/move well. The ensemble will double\ with some of the roles above and also play chimney sweeps, park goers, etc.

CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE: We are looking to cast children, ages 9 to 14, who have strong singing voices (all vocal ranges) and can dance/move well.

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