Mary Poppins Auditions

The Encore Musical Theatre Company announces auditions for its upcoming production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS. Directed by Thalia V. Schramm, Music Directed by Tyler Driskill. Auditions will take place on Sunday, August 14th from 6pm-9pm, and Monday, August 15th from 6pm-9pm. Callbacks will take place on Sunday, September 11th.

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.

For the audition, please prepare two 32-bar cuts of contrasting musical theatre pieces. Please also bring your headshot and resume attached together.

Rehearsals will begin October 25th, 2016 and performances run November 25th through December 23rd, 2016.

All roles paid.

Please contact Casting Director, Thalia Schramm to schedule an audition slot: thalia@theencoretheatre.org.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

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.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 20

Vocal range top: C6

Vocal range bottom: Gb3

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.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 30

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 to 40

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: 30 to 30

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Jane

The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.

Gender: Female

Age: 9 to 12

Vocal range top: F#5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Michael

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.

Gender: Male

Age: 7 to 10

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: A3

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 40

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: Gb3

Katie Nanna

Jane and Michael’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 to 30

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 to 50

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: 20 to 20

Vocal range top: G#4

Vocal range bottom: F3

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 60

Vocal range top: D4

Vocal range bottom: C3

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 50

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: Gb3

Ensemble

All voice types and ages. Must be good movers.