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MARY POPPINS

Mainstage Musical
Directed by Laura Williamson

Auditions: March 23 @ 10:00am – 11:30am: All Kids Under 14 years old
11:00am: Everyone Else

We will have an dance team for Mary Poppins for adults ages 14 and over (dancing only, no vocal audition).

Dance Team Audition: March 23rd at 11:00am
   
The Dance Team will be in: Jolly Holiday, Supercali…, Let’s Go Fly a Kite, and Step in Time (tap).
 
Audition Workshops (Prior to Audition): February 29th @ 6:00pm, March 7th @ 6:00pm, and March 21st @ 5:30pm.
 
Alternative Audition Date (please only attend if unable to be present on the 23rd): March 21st @ 6:00pm

 

Tech/Dress Rehearsals: June 2-6

Performances: June 7-9, 14-15, 20-23, 27-30

 
If you cannot attend the March 23 audition please email laura@munciecivic.org to arrange for an early audition. 
 
Callbacks will be later in the afternoon or as needed.
 
Sides will be posted 2 weeks prior to auditions.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Bert: Male, Age: 30s. The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, Bert has many occupations, including hurdy-gurdy player, sidewalk artist and chimney sweep. Bert watches over the children as well as the goings on in Cherry Tree Lane. He has charm, speaks with a Cockney accent and is a song-and-dance man.

Mary Poppins: Female, Age: 20s. 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.

George Banks: Male, 40s. The 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 and believes that he had the perfect upbringing by his nanny, the cruel Miss Andrew. His emotional armor, however, conceals a sensitive soul.

Winifred Banks: Female, Age: 30s. George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother. A former actress, she is 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 the 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.

Jane: Female, Age: 11ish. The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.

Michael: Male, Age: 9ish. 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.

Mrs. Brill: Female, Age: 50s. 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: Male, Age: 20s. The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless.

Miss Andrew: Female, Age: 40s. 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.

Katie Nanna: Female, Age: 30s. Jane and Micahel’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.

Admiral Boom: Male, Age: 50s. 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.

Miss Lark: Female, Age: 30s. The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if her were child.

Mrs. Corry: Female, Age: 40s. Mysterious and very old, Mrs. Corry runs the “Talking Shop” where people buy conversations and gingerbread. She knew George Banks when he was just a boy

Neleus: Male, Age: Teen-Young Adult. 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.

Bird Woman: Female, Age: 50s. 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 for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. Sings “Feed the Birds.”

Park Keeper: Male, Age: 40s. Uniformed and officious, he makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood.

Bank Chairman: Male, Age: 50s-60s. The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt.

Ensemble: Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Toys, Chimney Sweeps, Parkgoers, Miss Smythe, Von Hubbler, Northbrook, Policeman, Bank Employees

Audition information

Auditions are held at Muncie Civic Theatre located 216 E. Main St, Downtown Muncie, Ind. unless otherwise noted above.

If you have any more questions, please email us at tickets@munciecivic.org

  • You will be asked to read from the script. Non-musical productions will either provide sides from the script or ask you to prepare a monologue, do not prepare anything unless it is stated. 
  • For musicals you will be audition with music from the show usually posted online 2 weeks prior to show. Do not prepare anything else unless it is stated to do so.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. We encourage you to look your best, but also come prepared for some dance or movement exercises for bigger dance musical auditions (not all shows have dance portions).
  • Call Backs will be scheduled for later in the afternoon or the next day. Using the email address you will provide in your audition form or with a physical posted list, we will contact you for your callback. Just because you’re not on the callback list does not mean you are not in the show.
  • Character Breakdowns are listed above for each show. There is some flexibility in requirements within reason (such as age) and some are non-negotiable, so please plan accordingly. You have the ability to indicate which role you are interested in on your audition form, along with whether or not you would accept an ensemble role. Please be honest in your willingness to participate, as this helps the casting process go more smoothly.
  •  Get your calendar out – you need to share your rehearsal conflicts. Every rehearsal is important and while every actor may not be called in for every rehearsal, when you are needed, you are needed! The fewer you have the better, but above all, be honest when filling out the audition form and listing any conflicts you might have.

Rehearsals are typically Sunday – Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, beginning the week after auditions.

Mainstage Shows typically run for three weekends (with some exceptions) including a week of technical rehearsals prior. You must be available for all of the show/tech dates. Check the website for all performance dates to make sure you are available before you sign up to audition.

Anyone who has signed up to audition will receive an email notice the first business day after auditions with the full cast list.

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