Auditions for Mary Poppins – Adults & Children

MARY POPPINS

DIRECTION BY CHASE KNIFFEN
CHOREOGRAPHY BY LISA RUMBAUSKAS
MUSIC DIRECTION BY JOHN WINN

Auditions for adults (age 18-50) and children (age 9-12)

Sunday, August 13, 4 PM – 10 PM​.

Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220.

Callbacks will be help on August 14, 2017.

Please e-mail casting@virginiarep.org to request an appointment or ask a question.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song and be prepared to dance. Please bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided.

First Rehearsal: October 16, 2017

Run: November 15 – December 30, 2017

Seeking Union and Non-Union performers. All performers will be paid.

Character Breakdown:

Bert​, The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins. He has charm, speaks with a Cockney accent and is a song-and-dance man.

George Banks​, The father to Jane and Michael Banks, is a banker to the very fiber of his being.

Winifred Banks​, George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother. She has great warmth and simplicity to her tone. This role is cast.

Jane​, The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.

Michael​, 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. ​Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.

Mary Poppins​, Jane and Michael Banks’s new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet particular, and sometimes a little frightening but always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says. This role is cast.

Admiral Boom. ​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. ​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. ​The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless.

Mrs. Corry.​Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with a Caribbean accent (or any accent that would make her seem exotic).

Bird Woman​, Covered in a patchwork of old shawls, and her pockets are stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. This role is cast.

Miss Andrew​, George’s overbearing and scary nanny. A soprano with an alto belt, there can be some heaviness to her voice along with range. This role is cast.

Ensemble​, Male and female, ages 18-40 who are strong singer/ dancers and fun character types. Tap and ballet a plus.

Please direct questions to casting@virginiarep.org.

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