Branson Regional Arts Councils invite artists of all ages to join them this week to audition for their 2023 production of Mary Poppins-The Broadway Musical.
Auditions will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18 and will continue on Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. No pre-registration is required for these auditions. Participants are asked to simply come to the Historic Owen Theare at any time of the audition.
Those who audition are asked to prepare a 60-second cut of a musical theater song in the style of the show that showcases their range and acting skills. Participants can sing a selection of Mary Poppins if they wish. Additionally, they must bring an mp3 track or YouTube karaoke track saved on their smart device. No a cappella hearings will be permitted.
A dance audition will also take place, so listeners are encouraged to dress in appropriate clothing and footwear that they feel comfortable in. which do not require dancing.
Characters chosen for production include:
Mary Poppins: Jane and Michael Banks’ new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain but peculiar, and sometimes a little scary but always exciting. She’s 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 may have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction are key. Gender: Female. Stage age: 20-20 years old. Vocal High Range: C6 / Vocal Low Range: Gb3.
Bert: The narrator of the story is a good friend of Mary Poppins. An ordinary man, Bert has many professions, including hurdy-gurdy player, sidewalk artist and chimney sweep. Bert watches over the children as well as the events of Cherry Tree Lane. He is charming, speaks with a Cockney accent, and is a singing and dancing man. Male gender. Stage age: 30 to 35 years old. Vocal High Range: F#4 / Vocal Low Range: B2.
George Banks: The father of Jane and Michael Banks, is a banker to the core. Demanding “precision and order” in his household, he is a pipe-and-slipper man who has little to do with his children and feels he has been brought up perfectly by his nanny, the cruel Miss Andrew. . Her emotional armor, however, hides a sensitive soul. A baritone, George can speak-sing if required. Male gender. Age: 40 to 45 years old. Vocal High Range: Eb4/Vocal Low Range: Bb2.
Winifred Banks: wife of George and mother of Jane and Michael. A former actress, she is a loving, absent-minded housewife who strives to live up to her husband’s desire to associate only with “the best people” and be the model wife and mother. . She suffers from conflicting feelings that she is no match for “being Mrs. Banks”, yet she is, and more. She has a lot of warmth and simplicity in her tone. Gender: Female. Stage age: 30 to 35 years old. Vocal High Range: D5/Vocal Low Range: A3
Jane: The spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be strong-willed and prone to snobbery. Gender: Female. Stage age: 11 to 12 years old. Vocal High Range: F#5 / Vocal Low Range: A3.
Michael: The cute, cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Exciting and naughty, he adores his father and tries to be like him. He and Jane misbehave to get their parents’ attention. Male gender. Stage age: 9 to 10 years old. Vocal High Range: E5 / Vocal Low Range: A3.
Katie Nanna: Jane and Michael’s nanny at the start of the show. Upset and upset, she absolutely had her fill of the Banks kids. Gender: Female. Stage age: 30 to 30 years old.
Policeman: An element of the neighborhood who is respected and observant of households on his rhythm. Male gender. Stage age: 30 to 40
Miss Lark: The haughty neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if she were a child. Gender: Female Stage age: 30-35
Admiral Boom: A retired Royal Navy man and neighbor of the Banks family. A physically tall man with a loud, booming voice, he speaks in naval jargon and has a soft spot for his neighbor, Miss Lark. Can be any vocal range as needed. If Admiral Bloom is also president of the bank, he can be a baritone. Gender: Male Stage age: 50 to 50 years old.
Mrs. Brill: The housekeeper and cook of the Banks family. Overworked and harassed, she always complains that the house is understaffed. Its intimidating exterior is a blanket for the heat below. Mrs. Brill doesn’t think highly of nannies in general and Mary Poppins in particular. She doesn’t have to be a strong singer. Gender: Female. Stage age: 50 to 50 years old. Vocal High Range: D#5 / Vocal Low Range: F#3.
Robertson Ay: The servant of the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy and grumpy, he never does things right and thinks he’s useless. He doesn’t sing much, but his solo “Spoonful” can be a nice surprise. Male gender. Stage age: 20 to 20 years old. Vocal High Range: G#4/Vocal Low Range: F3.
Park Keeper: Uniformed and unofficial, makes sure no one breaks park rules. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly dreams of his childhood. Gender: Male Stage age: 40 to 40 years old.
Neleus: The statue of a young boy posed with a dolphin in the park. Neleus was separated from his father, Poseidon, and he misses him dearly. A solitary little being, he is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael. This role is a wonderful opportunity to showcase one of the best dancers in your ensemble. Male gender. Stage age: 16 to 16 years old.
Queen Victoria: A statue in the park. Gender: Female. Stage age: 40 to 40 years old.
Bank Chairman: The head of the bank where Mr Banks is employed is an Edwardian padded shirt. He can talk/sing his lines if needed. Male gender. Stage age: 50 to 60 years old. Vocal High Range: D4 / Vocal Low Range: C3.
Miss Smythe: The bank president’s humorless secretary. Gender: Female. Stage age: 40 to 40 years old.
Set: Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Parkgoers.
Von Hussler: A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent. Male gender. Stage age: 30 to 30 years old.
John Northbrook: An honest businessman looking for a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with a northern English accent. Male gender. Stage age: 30 to 30 years old.
Bird Woman: Covered in a patchwork of old shawls, and her pockets are stuffed with bags of bird crumbs. She tries to sell her crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs to passers-by, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. Sing “Feed the Birds”. There can be a gruff, folksy quality to his voice that reflects the harshness of his life. Gender: Female. Stage age: 50 to 50 years old. Vocal High Range: C5 / Vocal Low Range: Gb3.
Mrs. Corry: Owns a magic gingerbread store. She’s a mysterious old woman who speaks with a Caribbean accent (or any accent that would make her sound exotic). Gender: Female. Stage age: 40 to 40 years old.
Miss Andrew: George’s bossy and creepy nanny. With her bottle of nasty-tasting sulfur and molasses to keep the naughty kids in line, she’s a bully who only knows one way of doing things – her way. A soprano with an alto belt, there can be a certain heaviness in her voice as well as in the range. Gender: Female. Stage age: 40 to 40 years old. Vocal High Range: F5 / Vocal Low Range: G3.
A total of 15 performances for Mary Poppins-The Broadway Musical, directed by Jacob Deck, will take place from February 9-26.
For more information, visit bransonarts.org.