The Broadway Musical
A show that's practically perfect... in every way.
Auditions for Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical begin Monday, March 30, and continue to Tuesday, March 31, from 6:00-9:30 p.m. both evenings. Callbacks April 1.
Sing classical musical theater, no contemporary/belt please. Music from show gladly accepted. Be prepared to dance with jazz shoes (heels for women) and tap shoes.
Reserve your audition time beginning March 18 by calling the Community Recreation Department office number at 920-459-3773.
May 15-17 and 20-23
Mary Poppins - (25-35) She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet very particular, and sometimes a little frightening, but always exciting; she is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says. A mezzo-soprano with strong top notes, exceptional dancer. She can have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction is key. Must tap.
Bert - (25-35) the narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins; an everyman, Bert has many occupations, including hurdygurdy 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. Baritone. Exceptional dancer. Must tap.
Michael Banks - (looking to double cast if possible). 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. Male soprano, unbroken. Some dance (no tap required). NOTE: Due to the number of scenes this character is in, actor will need to be at rehearsal until 9 p.m. initially and later just before and during show run.
Jane Banks - (looking to double cast if possible) Should read 11. The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Child soprano. Some dance (no tap required). NOTE: Due to the number of scenes this character is in, actor will need to be at rehearsal until 9 p.m. initially and later just before and during show run.
George Banks - Father to Jane and Michael Banks. He 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. Baritone. Light movement.
Winifred Banks - (30’s) George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother; a former actress, she is a 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 a 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; she has a great warmth and simplicity to her tone. Mezzo Soprano. Light movement.
Bird Woman - (30+ to play much older) will likely double as Miss Andrew. 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 to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist; sings “Feed the Birds.” There can be a gruff, folksy quality to her voice that reflects the hardness of her life. Alto. No dance.
Miss Andrew - (30+ to play much older) will likely double as Bird Woman. 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. A soaring soprano with an alto belt. She is terrifying. No dance.
Robertson Ay - (20’s) the houseboy to the Banks family; lazy, sleepy, and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless. Tenor. Some dance.
Mrs. Brill - (30+ to play 50’s) 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. Alto. Some dance.
Neleus/Valentine - to be cast from male ensemble. Exceptional dancer. 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. Valentine has a torn arm. He is a toy that Jane and Michael abuse, but when Mary Poppins warns them to stop she brings Valentine to life to teach them a lesson.
Mrs. Corry - (20+) to be cast from the female ensemble. owns a magical gingerbread shop; she is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with any fantastical accent. Soprano. Strong dance.
Von Hussler - to be cast from male ensemble. A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.
Northbrook - to be cast from male ensemble. An honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.
Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman - (50+) Will likely also play the Park Keeper. 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. Chairman- The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed. Baritone. No dance.
Miss Lark - to be cast from the female ensemble. The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child.
Ensemble - (5+ men, 5+ women) singing-dancing ensemble consisting of Chimney Sweeps, Toys, and Park-goers. Will become masters of the “quick change.” Excellent character actors. All ensemble must dance. Strong musical theatre skill, tap required, ballet (for some). This is a very dance heavy production for the ensemble, and you will get to create and be involved in some spectacularly magical numbers. Also looking for an Understudy for Mary Poppins/Bert.
What's the show about?
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
Director Marcus S. Daniel
Marcus S. Daniel is elated to be returning for another round of Mary Poppins. Marcus is a multi award winning Director and Choreographer (Inland Theatre League, National Theatre, National Youth Theatre, Los Angeles Ovation Awards). NY Directing/Choreography credits include the world premier staging of Bright is the Ring of Words for the NYFF, helming the sold out concert production of the same musical at Carnegie Hall starring Natalie Weiss, On The Town and ELF The Musical (Narrows Theatre) and most recently Bye Bye Birdie at Stagedoor Manor (where he will be returning to after Mary Poppins). His work has been seen around the world with Silversea Cruise Line where he created their shows A Vamp and Her Tramp, and Song and Dance. Other credits: Tommy, Aida, Cats, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, [title of show], Bare: A Pop Opera, and Carrie: The Musical. As an actor Marcus was a 2017 Los Angeles Ovation Award winner for the West Coast premier production of The Boy From Oz (Chris Bell/Dance Captain). Off-Broadway: The Mad Hatters G&T Party. Recent credits include: Bright Star tour, Hairspray (Corny Collins), CHURCH (w/ Sally Struthers and Leslie Jordan), Swan Lake in Concert (w/ Andrew Lippa and Carrie Manolakos), Les Miserables, RENT, Beauty and the Beast, and 100+ more. Film/TV includes: A Voice in the Dark (feature film), Disney’s Geppetto (w/ Usher and Drew Carey), S Club 7, Glee, and Taylor Swift ‘Haunted’ music video. “If you reach for the stars all you get are the stars, but we’ve found a whole new spin. If you reach for the heavens you get the stars thrown in.” Love to R&M.