Shore Regional High School District

International Baccalaureate World School

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AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED FOR Mary Poppins!
 
Auditioners should review the listed character breakdown, identify the role for which you wish to be considered, and come prepared with the vocal audition material posted for that character. Please prepare the song for one character only (these are the songs from the Broadway musical, Mary Poppins, which differ from the songs in the classic film). A short dance combination will be taught. Be prepared with comfortable clothing and wear dance shoes or sneakers. You may bring tap shoes if you have them. Special skills (acro, tap, leaps, turns, etc) are a plus! 
 
Vocal audition materials for MEN: 
 
Vocal audition materials for WOMEN:                
 
Audition Dates:
Saturday, Dec. 17th from 4-6 PM
Monday, Dec. 19th from 7-9 PM
Tuesday, December 20th from 7-9 PM (Callbacks - by invitation only)
 
**Please note** Saturday Nov. 26th we will host a tap master class at SHRS from 3pm-4pm for anyone interested in auditioning for Mary Poppins! You don’t have to be a tap dancer, but should be willing to learn and give it your best! 

Character Breakdown

ADMIRAL BOOM - A retired Royal Navy man and neighbor of the Banks family. A large presence with a booming voice, he speaks in Navy jargon and has a soft spot for his neighbor, Miss Lark. Adult Male 

BANK CHAIRMAN - The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. Adult Male Range: C3 - D4 

BERT - The narrator of the story and good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, Bert has many occupations including hurdy-gurdy player, sidewalk artist, and chimney sweep. Bert has charm, speaks with a Cockney accent, and is a song-and-dance-man. Adult Male Range: B2 - F#4 

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 passerby, who ignore her as if she doesn't exist. Sings "Feed the Birds." Adult Female Range: Gb3 - C5 

GEORGE BANKS - 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. His emotional armor, however, conceals a sensitive soul. A baritone. Adult Male Range: Bb2 - Eb4 

JANE BANKS - The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Female, plays 11 yrs old Range: A3 - F#5 

JOHN NORTHBROOK - An honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England. Adult Male 

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. Adult Female 

MARY POPPINS - The Banks family'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, who moves well. Vocally, precision and diction is the key. Adult Female Range: Gb3 - C6 

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. Male, plays 9 yrs old Range: A3 - E5 

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. Adult Female Range: Gb3 - F5 

MISS LARK - The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child. Adult Female

MISS SMYTHE - The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary. Adult Female

MRS. BRILL - The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked and harassed, 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. Adult Female Range: F#3 - D#5 

MRS. CORRY - Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with ax exotic accent. Adult Female 

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. Strong dancer. Adult Male

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. Adult Male

POLICEMAN - A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of the households on his beat. Adult Male 

QUEEN VICTORIA - A statue in the park. Adult Female, 40-60 

ROBERTSON AY - The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy, and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless.  Adult Male Range: F3 - G#4 

VON HUSSLER - A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent. Adult Male

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. Adult Female Range: A3 - D5 

ENSEMBLE - Men and women to play the citizens of London, including feature roles such as Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys and Parkgoers.
 
 
**Performances run March 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26
 

 

 
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