Disney’s MARY POPPINS jr AUDITIONS

 

AUDITION: MARY POPPINS JR
Presented by The Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts

(Ages 7-15*) *You must be within these ages at the time of audition; proof of age may be required.

Thursday, January 17th at 6:00pm
Sunday, January 20th at 6:00pm

Performance Dates: March 15-17, 2019 at the Derry Opera House.

SYNOPSIS:

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers. The Majestic production will feature 40 of the most talented kids/teens in the area!

 DIRECTED BY JOCELYN DUFORD
Assisted by A. ROBERT DIONNE & MORGAN BLAIS

CHARACTERS (All ages considered):

  • Bert: The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, Bert is a chimney sweep and a sidewalk artist, among many other occupations. With a twinkle in his eye and a skip in his step, Bert watches over the children and the goings-on around Cherry Tree Lane. He is a song-and-dance man with oodles of charm who is wise beyond his years.
  • George Banks: Husband to Winifred and father to Jane and Michael, is a banker to the very fiber of his being. Demanding “precision and order” in his household, he is a pip-and-slippers man who doesn’t have much to do with his children and believes that Miss Andrew, his cruel, strict childhood nanny, gave him the perfect upbringing. George’s emotional armor, however off-putting, conceals a sensitive soul.
  • Winifred Banks: George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother. She is a loving homemaker who is busy trying to live up to her husband’s social aspirations while striving to be a model wife and mother.
  • Jane Banks: The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.
  • Michael Banks: The cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and longs desperately for his attention. Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents.
  • Mrs. Brill: The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed. Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath.
  • Robertson Ay: The houseboy to the Banks family. Forgetful and clumsy, he often bungles simple tasks.
  • Mary Poppins: 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 she is always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says.

Ensemble Groups & Featured Roles
All ensembles require group singing; featured roles require either solo singing or solo acting, or both. Ensemble & Featured Characters include:

  • 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.
  • Park Strollers: The Park Strollers are citizens of London who go from drab and dreary to bright and colorful as they get swept up in Mary Poppins’s adventures in the park.
  • Statues: Stone sculptures. Thanks to Mary Poppins, these works of art come alive and dance with Bert and the Park Strollers.
  • Neleus: A statue who, once brought to life by Mary Poppins, is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael.
  • Bird Woman: Covered in a patchwork of old shawls, her pockets stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell the crumbs to Passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist.
  • Honeybees: The Honeybees are conjured by Mary Poppins to help teach the children the benefits of “A Spoonful of Sugar.”
  • Clerks: Employees at the bank.
  • Miss Smythe: The bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.
  • Chairman: The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed shirt.
  • Von Hussler: A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal.
  • John Northbrook: An honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community.
  • Vagrants, Buskers, and Passerby: citizens of London passing by the cathedral during “Feed the Birds.”
  • Mrs. Corry: owns a magical Talking Shop. She is a mysterious woman of indeterminate age, but has plenty of spirit and is sharp as a tack.
  • Customers: Bright, colorful British citizens visiting Mrs. Corry’s Talking Shop.
  • Miss Andrew: George’s overbearing and scary childhood 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.
  • Kite Flyers: Families flying kites in the park.
  • Chimney Sweeps (including Sweep 1, Sweep 2, Sweep 3, and Sweep 4) are Bert’s cheerful, friendly, and agile friends who keep London’s chimneys in working order.
  • Policeman: a neighborhood patrol officer
  • Messenger: delivers a summons to George from the bank.

SCHEDULES (Starts MONDAY 1/28/19)

  • REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: (at Majestic Studios)
    • MONDAY, JANUARY 28th — FULL CAST REHEARSAL FROM 6:00-8:30pm
    • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS from 6:00-8:30pm (small groups)
    • SATURDAYS from 10:00am-2:00pm (full cast)
  • MANDATORY TECH WEEK:
    • SUNDAY, MARCH 10th from 11am-1pm (at Majestic Studios)
    • MONDAY, MARCH 11th from 6-9pm (at Derry Opera House)
    • TUESDAY, MARCH 12th from 6-9pm (at Derry Opera House)
    • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13th from 6-9pm (at Derry Opera House)
    • THURSDAY, MARCH 14th from 6-9pm (at Derry Opera House)
  • MANDATORY PERFORMANCES: (at Derry Opera House)
    • FRIDAY, MARCH 15th at 7:00pm / 6pm call
    • SATURDAY, MARCH 16th at 2:00pm / 1pm call
    • SATURDAY, MARCH 16th at 7:00pm / 6pm call
    • SUNDAY, MARCH 17th at 2pm* / 1pm call
      • *Followed by MANDATORY Strike for ALL CAST (about 30 minutes post end of show)

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • IMPORTANT: We know there are a few theatres doing this production at the same time. If you audition for our production and are cast it is expected you will follow through and do our production; failure to do so may prevent you from being cast in a future show as you will have possibly taken a spot from someone who was not cast. If you are auditioning ONLY for specific roles you may specify that on the audition form and you will only be considered for those roles.
  • You do not need to make an audition appointment, simply show up. We see kids in the order they arrive and complete paperwork. To print and fill out the audition form ahead of time please click here: Audition Form 2018-19 – Youth.
  • There is a $100 production fee associated with this production (if you need financial assistance please fill out our Majestic Theatre Scholarship App Form 18 – this should be done immediately AFTER casting as needing scholarship assistance is NOT a factor in casting). In addition, there is a $75 “Doing Your Part” deposit that you get back once all production support items are completed: Mary Poppins Jr Doing Your Part
  • Please prepare a musical selection that shows off the character of your voice; please bring sheet music (pianist provided) or a backing track (blu-tooth to our stereo or bring a CD). Children ages 10 and under that wish to only be considered for “Ensemble” can sing Happy Birthday or Twinkle Little Star as their song (no sheet music or track required).
  • Audition may also consist of readings from the script (provided at audition time).
AUDITIONS & REHEARSALS HELD AT:
The MAJESTIC THEATRE
Offices & Rehearsal Studios
880 Page Street
Manchester, NH 03109