Augusta Players is proud to announce auditions for Mary Poppins, the Musical to be performed May 6-8, 2016!
Crossbridge Baptist Church
3130 Skinner Mill Road
Augusta, GA 30909
FOR AGES 16 & up:
Saturday 1/30 @ 5:00pm
Sunday 1/31 @ 3:00pm
Callbacks will be on
Saturday 2/6 @ 5:00pm
MUSIC FOR CALLBACKS MAY BE DOWNLOADED HERE:
For Mary Poppins: Practically Perfect
For Bert: Chim Chim Cheree (two versions)
For Winifred and George Banks (Good for Nothing–George, Being Mrs. Banks–Winifred) : Good for Nothing:Being Mrs. Banks
DANCE ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS –6 PM Saturday, February 6 at Crossbridge Baptist Church
Looking for trained lyrical dancers, excellent tappers and gymnasts, age 15+ to complete the dance ensemble. Singing a plus, but will not be auditioned. Bring jazz and tap shoes as well as your calendar for possible conflicts.
FOR CHILDREN (ages 8-12):
Saturday 2/13 @ 5:00pm
Girls—no taller than 5’ tall
Boys—no taller than 4′ ¾” tall
CHILDREN’S AUDITION MATERIAL CAN BE FOUND HERE:
Download pdfs Let’s Go Fly a Kite Perfect Nanny
Listen here: Let’s Go Fly a Kite (click in black area to left of 00:00)
Listen here: Perfect Nanny
CHILDREN SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from the starred measure to the end of the page and all of “Perfect Nanny.”
PLEASE do not call the church with questions and read this whole notice before calling The Augusta Players.
Adults only (25 +) will be auditioned for principal roles with the exception of Jane and Michael Banks. Those who are 16+ will be considered for Ensemble roles only.
Please prepare a Broadway-style song to sing that demonstrates your vocal range and abilities. An accompanist will be provided, but you must provide your own sheet music unless you are singing from the musical version of Mary Poppins. No acappella singing, please, but singing with an accompaniment cd with no vocals will be acceptable. If you choose this method, you must bring your own cd player.
READING: Please be prepared to stay at least two or more hours as there will be a cold reading of the script for those passing the vocal auditions. EVERYONE will be expected to audition with a British accent. The Banks family is PROPER British, including the children. Some of the other characters need a Cockney accent. Please visit the character descriptions for any special considerations.
DANCE/MOVEMENT: Please be prepared for a dance/movement audition as well by bringing jazz or character shoes and wearing comfortable clothes. At the very least…a hard soled, closed toe shoe. Tap shoes a plus. Classical dance and gymnastics also a plus.
Please bring personal calendars and be prepared to list all conflicts (Mondays-Sundays) beginning with February 29, 2016 through Sunday, May 8, 2016. Do not assume that we know when any general holidays are (ie., spring break) and plan to list those as conflicts if you will be out of town or otherwise engaged. Conflicts must be noted at the audition and will influence casting. Only conflicts noted at the audition will be taken into consideration. NO CONFLICTS ALLOWED FROM APRIL 25-MAY 8.
MARY POPPINS – Female, Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano, Range: Gb3 – C6
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 – Male, Baritone, Range: B2 – F#4
The narrator of the story and 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 and should move well. DUE TO TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS WITH FLYING, BERT CANNOT WEIGH MORE THAN 200 lbs.
GEORGE BANKS – Male, Baritone, Range: Bb2 – Eb4
The father to Jane and Michael Banks. He 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.
WINIFRED BANKS – Female, Mezzo Soprano, Range: A3 – D5
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.
JANE BANKS – Female (11 yrs old) Child Soprano, Range: A3 – F#5
The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. She is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.
MICHAEL BANKS – Male (9 yrs old) Child voice, unbroken, Range: A3 – E5
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.
KATIE NANNA – Female
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 – Male
A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of the households on his beat.
MISS LARK – Female, Mezzo Soprano
The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child.
ADMIRAL BOOM – Male, Can be any vocal range
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.
MRS. BRILL – Female, Alto, Range: F#3 – D#5
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.
ROBERTSON AY – Male, Tenor, Range: F3 – G#4
The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy, and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless.
PARK KEEPER – Male, Tenor
Uniformed and officious, he makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood.
NELEUS – Male, Dancer
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.
QUEEN VICTORIA – Female
A statue in the park.
BANK CHAIRMAN – Male, Baritone, Range: C3 – D4
The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed. He is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt.
MISS SMYTHE – Female
The Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.
VON HUSSLER – Male
A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.
JOHN NORTHBROOK – Male
An honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.
BIRD WOMAN – Female, Alto, Range: Gb3 – C5
Covered in a patchwork of old shawls, her pockets are stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs for the birds to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. Sings “Feed the Birds” and has a gruff, folksy quality to her voice that reflects the hardness of her life.
MRS. CORRY – Female, Soprano
Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with a Caribbean accent.
ANNIE and FANNIE – Female
Mrs. Corry’s daughters.
A stuffed boy doll belonging to Jane.
TEDDY BEAR, MR. PUNCH and DOLL
Toys belonging to Jane and Michael
MISS ANDREW – Female, Soprano with Alto Belt, Range: Gb3 – F5
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.
ENSEMBLE – Good tap, jazz and ballet dancers and strong singing voices (all vocal ranges). Will play chimney sweeps, toys, parkgoers, etc. May use a few children.
If you have other questions after reading this notice, you may contact The Augusta Players at (706) 826-4707.