Audition Requirements Mary Poppins Jr.

 

Song and Monologue Choice - Please prepare a song and monologue.  See details below for specific characters.  Please bring a backing track on your phone or on a USB (thumb) drive. No accompanist will be provided and a cappella auditions will not be accepted

 

Callbacks will be held on September 16th if required

 

Casting

Bert [song: Jolly Holiday]

A good friend to Mary Poppins. Bert is a charming chimney sweep and a sidewalk artist, Always a twinkle in his eye and a skip in his step,

Monologue:  That’s me, at your service. It so happens that today I’m a chimney sweep. Now, now, don't carry on so, Jane. Who's after you? Your Father?! Well, now, there must be some mistake. Your dad's a fine gentleman and he loves ya! You know, begging your pardon, but the one my heart goes out to is your father. There he is in that cold, heartless bank day after day, hemmed in by mounds of money. They makes cages in all sizes and shapes, you know. Bank-shaped some of 'em, carpets and all. There’s plenty of people to take care of you, but who looks after your father? When something terrible happens, what does he do? Fends for himself, he does. He just pushes on at his job, uncomplaining and alone and silent. I say, a father can always do with a bit of help. Come ‘on, tikes. Let’s go take a look at something lovely to behold. And then we’ll take you home.

 

Mary Poppins [song choice: Practically Perfect OR Anything Can Happen}

Jane and Michael Banks’s new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, and sometimes a little frightening, but she is always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says.

Monologue:  Your nursery is rather like a bear pit, isn't it? Well, let’s begin (she opens her carpet bag)

Well, first things first. I always say, the place to hang a hat is on a hat stand. ( Poppins pulls a full size hatstand out of her bag & hangs her hat, then...) E very indoor room needs a little bit of the outdoor world ( pulls out a potted plant and places it in room). Tut. Tut. Children! Looking in a lady’s bag. You may think there’s nothing in it. Never judge things by their appearance. Even old carpetbags. I'm sure I never do. ( looks at her handiwork in the room) Much better! Now, let me see. ( searches in her bag for one more item) That's funny. I always carry it with me. It must be here somewhere. My tape measure. I want to see how you two children measure up. I know it's down here somewhere. Ah, ha-ha, ha-ha! Here it is. Good. Come along, then. Quickly. (measures Michael’s height) Head up, Michael. Don't slouch. Just as I thought. “Extremely stubborn and suspicious.” Now you, Jane. Mmm. "Thoughtless, short-tempered. Doesn't put things away." I thought so. As for my measurement....Hold this for me. Just as I expected. "Mary Poppins. Practically perfect in every way." Very well, then. You advertised for a nanny who plays games. Our first game is called “Tidy Up." Though it may not sound like a game, it all depends on your point of view. You see, in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.

 

George Banks [song; A Man Has Dreams]

Husband to Winifred and father to Jane and Michael. George is a banker and demands precision and order.  A baritone, George may speak-sing as necessary 

Monologue: 1-2 minute monologue of choice in the style of the character

 

Winifred Banks [song: Spoonful of sugar]

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.  Winifred has great warmth and depth of feeling.

Monologue: 1-2 minute monologue of choice in the style of the character

 

Jane Banks [ song: Perfect Nanny] Age 8-14 yr old

The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks inclined to snobbishness.

Monologue:  Good morning, father. We had the most wonderful day yesterday. Mary Poppins taught us how to play, “Tidy Up.” The toys came to life and did all the work, spit spot, we hardly had to do a thing. And then Mary Poppins made us play “A Walk in the Park” in the park. And the statues came to life--And the sky turned purple-- And we danced with street artists. Mary Poppins! What games are we going to play today?!

 

Michael Banks [song: Perfect Nanny] 6-12 yr old.The cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and longs desperately for his attention.

Monologue:   Mary Poppins doesn't care what happens to us. I don’t care if she only promised to stay 'til the wind changed. I don’t care if the wind has changed. We still need her. Mary Poppins, you can’t go now! Mum is crying in her handkerchief. Father’s gone missing. The cook and Ellen are running in and out of the house in a panic. The Police are in the living room. Scotland Yard has been called in. And I am NOT exaggerating....It’s all because of me I wouldn’t give my tuppence to that old goat at the bank.

 

Bird Woman [song: Feed the Birds]

The Bird Woman is a older peasant woman who sells bird crumbs.  She is often, ignored and overlooked as if she doesn’t exist. 

Monologue: 1-2 minute monologue of choice in the style of the character

 

Mrs. Corry [song: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious]

Mrs. Corry owns a magical Talking Shop. She is a mysterious woman but has plenty of spirit and is sharp as a tack. 

Monologue: 1-2 minute monologue of choice in the style of the character

 

Ms. Andrew [song: Brimstone and Treacle - part 2]

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.

Monologue: 1-2 minute monologue of choice in the style of the character

 

Ensemble Groups & Featured Roles

All ensembles require group singing; featured roles require either solo singing or solo acting, or both. For each featured role the actor should prepare:

  • 1-2 minute monologue.
  • Male Teen [song - Let’s go fly a kite]
  • Female Teen [song - Feed the Birds]
  • Youth Ensemble - Disney song of choice

 

Mrs. Brill -The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed.

Robertson Ay-The houseboy to the Banks family. Forgetful and clumsy.  Good comedic actor.

Katie Nanna-Katie Nanna is Jane and Michael’s first nanny.  She is easily overwhelmed and upset 

Park Strollers-Park Strollers are citizens of London who go from drab and dreary to bright and colourful.

Statues -Stone sculptures that come alive and dance with Bert and the Park Strollers. 

Neleus -Neleus is a statue who, once brought to life by Mary Poppins, is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael.

Honey Bees- Honey Bees are conjured by Mary Poppins to help teach the children the benefits of “A Spoonful of Sugar.” 

Clerks -Clerks are employees at the bank. 

Miss Smythe - Miss Smythe is the bank Chairman’s humourless secretary. 

Chairman -Chairman, the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed,

Von Hussler- Von Hussler is a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. 

John Northbrook- John Northbrook is an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. 

Vagrants, Buskers, and Passerby- Vagrants, Buskers, and Passerby are citizens of London passing by the cathedral during “Feed the Birds.”  

Customers- Customers are bright, colorful customers who visit Mrs. Corry’s Talking Shop.

Kite Flyers -Kite Flyers consist of families flying kites in the park.

Chimney Sweeps- Chimney Sweeps are Bert’s cheerful and friendly friends.  Should be great dancers and good singers

Policeman and the Messenger- The Policeman, a neighbourhood patrol officer, and the Messenger, who delivers a summons to George from the bank.

 

 

 If you have any further questions please email auditions@orangevillemusictheatre.com

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