Auditions for VMT’s Mary Poppins

By | November 4, 2018

Virginia Musical Theatre announces equity and non-equity auditions for MARY POPPINS. The role of Mary Poppins has been cast. All other roles are available. All roles are paid, and housing is available for some roles. Seeking one boy ages 8-10 years old and one girl ages 10-12. All other roles are for adults 18-60. Please see below for more details, including a character breakdown for each role in the production.

PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE THE ONLY LOCAL AUDITIONS FOR MARY POPPINS

Auditions will be held Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 at The Governor’s School for the Arts, located at 254 Granby Street in Norfolk, Virginia.

Please prepare one 32 bar musical cut that best shows off your voice. Please be prepared for a dance audition. Those requested for dance audition will be notified at the time of their vocal audition. An accompanist will be provided. Please do not bring a pre-recorded CD.

Please call 757-340-5446 or email information.vmt@gmail.com to schedule an audition.

When: Saturday, November 17, 10-6 p.m. | Sunday, November 18, 2-6 p.m.

Where: The Governor’s School for the Arts
254 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

MARY POPPINS
Book by Julian Fellowes
Music and Lyrics by Robert B. Sherman, Robert M. Sherman, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Mark Hudgins, Producer
Chip Gallagher, Director
Allan Decipulo, Music Director

Production runs March 1-3 at the Sandler Center. Rehearsals begin early February.

Character Breakdown

Mary Poppins (This role will be played by Broadway veteran Tiffany Haas)

Bert – The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins; an everyman, Bert has many occupations, including hurdygurdy 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.
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George Banks – the father to Jane and Michael Banks; 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; range Bb2-Eb4.
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Winifred Banks – 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.
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Jane Banks – Should read 10-12, the high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Child soprano.
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Michael Banks – Should read 8-10, 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.
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Katie Nanny – Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show; overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.
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Policeman – a neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of the households on his beat.
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Miss Lark – the haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child. Mezzo-soprano.
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Admiral Bloom – 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.
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Miss Brill – 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. Alto.
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Robertson Ay – the houseboy to the Banks family; lazy, sleepy, and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless. Tenor.
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Park Keeper – 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.
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Neleus – 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.
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Queen Victoria – a statue in the park.
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Bank Chairman – the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed shirt; he can speak/sing his lyrics if necessary. Baritone.
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Miss Smythe – the Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.
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Von Hussler – a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.
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John Northbrook – an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.
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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 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.
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Mrs. Corry – 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.
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Annie and Fannie – Mrs. Corry’s daughters.
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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.
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Dancing Ensemble – comprises good tap, jazz, and ballet dancers and strong singing voices (all vocal ranges).
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