Auditions Ages 6 -15

Mary Poppins, Jr. Audition Details

AUDITIONS AUGUST 28


Stageworks Theatre is holding auditions for two productions of Mary Poppins, Jr., performing on the Garza Mainstage November 19 - 21, 2021. Full Schedule 

Please ensure that you have registered to audition. (No fee required to audition.)

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Audition Instructions

 

Review the character breakdown below and decide who you would most like to be considered for. Then choose the coordinating song, and make acting choices that match your vision of that character! This should be fully memorized. We are not asking for a separate monologue to assess your acting, instead we would like for you to act through your song. (If you'd like to be considered for characters that have different songs, select the song with which you feel most comfortable.)

 

Character Breakdown 

(Note- this is not all the characters, there are many more with solos and featured moments. This just provides us a smaller set of material to use for auditions.)

 

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. Cast your strongest male singer, dancer, and actor in this role. 

Gender: Male, Vocal Range: B2-F4

 

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. A baritone, George may speak-sing as necessary and should be among your strongest male actors and singers. 

Gender: Male, Vocal Range: Bb2-F4

 

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. Cast an actor who can portray a great warmth and depth of feeling. Winifred should have a pure vocal tone and be one of your stronger actors and singers.

Gender: Female, Vocal Range: A3-Eb5

 

Jane Banks

The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Cast a wonderful actor and a strong singer who can take the audience on an emotional journey.  

Gender: Female, Vocal Range: A3-Eb5

 

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. Michael should be a great actor and singer. Ideally, he reads onstage as younger than Jane.

Gender: Male (can be played by female), Vocal Range: A3-E5

 

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. She does not have to be a strong singer, but she should be a solid actor. 

Gender: Female

 

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. The role calls for an excellent singer and actor who should be able to move well. Since she carries a majority of the show, precision and diction are key. 

Gender: Female, Vocal Range: G3-F5

 

Miss Andrew

Miss Andrew is 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. Cast one of your stronger singers in this featured role. 

Gender: Female, Vocal Range: D5-G#3

 

Audition Cut Options:

  • If you want to be considered for: Mary Poppins, Winifred Banks or Mrs. Brill sing: “Practically Perfect '' Measures 68- End of the song. Start with the spoken lyrics “I didn’t say I was fair, I said I was....” Sing through to the end as if it is a solo (sing Jane and Micheal’s phrase at m83)

  • If you want to be considered for Bert sing: “Winds do change” Measures 1-23, Lyrics “Winds do change….chin chim cheree”

  • If you want to be considered for Jane or Michael Banks sing:  “Jolly Holiday” Measures 32-52, Lyrics “Boring….in the park” sing the entire cut as if it’s a solo (ignore the names)

  • If you want to be considered for George Banks sing:  “Cherry Tree Lane, Part 1” Measures 20-41, Lyrics “Precision and order...Cherry Tree Lane” sing as if it’s a solo (ignore the names)

  • If you would like a song that is a littler lower than Practically Perfect, sing:“Feed the Birds” Measures 36-63, Lyrics “Come buy my bag…..tuppence a bag” 

 

At the right of this page, you will find two sets of tracks for each cut. One is the rehearsal track which includes guide vocals, and one is the accompaniment. The rehearsal track will be helpful while learning, but be prepared to sing with the accompaniment at the audition. Each track will give you a little bit of a lead in to get oriented- but just begin singing where indicated above.

 

At the Audition:

  • You will be called in individually to sing your song. After you sing, our music director will check your vocal range with the keyboard. 

  • As a group, we will teach a short piece of choreography and do some rhythm exercises. 

  • Bring something to keep you occupied, as there may be some waiting time.

 

After Auditions:

  • If callbacks are needed you will be advised shortly after your audition. Some roles will likely be cast without the need for callbacks (in other words, if you don’t get a callback for another audition, it does NOT mean you haven’t been cast.

  • Once all roles have been cast, you will need to register for the class to officially accept your role.

 

Audition Tips:

  • Be fully memorized! Nerves can make lyrics fly right out of your brain if they aren’t locked in there really well. 

  • Think about what character you'd like to be considered for. There are no limitations. We will even be gender bending some roles.

  • Once you know who you are “going for” make sure you are acting out your music selections as that character! How do you think that character stands? Sounds? What is it they want from the audience? Are they trying to scare them? Get help from them? Persuade them? Make a choice!

  • And again… Make a choice! Make a BIG choice! Just go for it :) Your job in an audition is NOT to guess what we want to see...your job is to show us the BEST you’ve got so that we can make a good decision. 

  • Come to auditions dressed comfortably so that you can move. Close toed shoes please- no slide-ons. 

 

A final note. Casting a show is like putting together a giant puzzle. Not being cast in a particular role doesn’t mean you didn't do an amazing job- it just means for the show to function as a whole, you were needed in a different spot. The good news is- this is an awesome ensemble show, and there are no parts that are unimportant.

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Schedule for August 28

At the time your student is called, you may drop them off at our main door and they will be met by our team. At the pickup time outlined below, stay in your car and the students will meet you at the door when ready.  

6-11 year olds   

11:45am-12:00 →  Arrival and sign-in 

12:00-12:15 →  Warms ups begin 

12:15-1:00 p.m. →  Vocal auditions with your chosen music cut

1:00- 1:15- Rhythm and movement

1:15pm → Dismissal/pickup 

 

10-15 year olds

12:45-1:00 →  Arrival and sign-in 

1:00-1:15 →  Rhythm and movement 

1:15- 1:30 → Vocal Warm Up 

1:30- 2:30 → Vocal auditions with your chosen music cut

2:30 → Dismissal/pickup