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    December 7-9
       
    This delightful musical comedy is based on both the beloved Disney movie and the many P.L. Travers books too.  A family is fractured and only a magical super nanny can save the day.
    December 7-9, 2018     Audition Info
         

    Plot Synopsis

    George and Winnifred Banks have a lovely home, 2 dutiful servants and 2 children that are monsters.  Jane and Michael Banks chew through nannies like they were candy.  The family is broken, isolated and caustic.  Enter Mary Poppins, the new nanny, who refuses to give references and does whatever she likes.  As she begins to work her magic on the children (and their parents), the family begins to heal and function as they never dreamed possible.  This stage musical borrows liberally from both the beloved Disney movie, including all those incredible songs, and the classic P.L. Travers novels, including new characters that are sure to delight and please audiences of every age
         
       
      Character Breakdowns  
       

    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.

    Vocal range top: C6                              Vocal range bottom: Gb3

    Mary Poppins

    The narrator of the story, Bert 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.

    Vocal range top: F#4                            Vocal range bottom: B2

    Bert

     
    George Banks

    The father to Jane and Michael Banks, George 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.

    Vocal range top: Eb4                  Vocal range bottom: Bb2

     
    Winnifred Banks

    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. She has great warmth and simplicity to her tone.

    Vocal range top: D5                    Vocal range bottom: A3

    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.

    Vocal range top: D#5                            Vocal range bottom: F#3

    Mrs. Brill

     

    The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless. He doesn't do a lot of singing.

    Vocal range top: G#4                            Vocal range bottom: F3

    Robertson Ay
     
    Jane Banks

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

    Vocal range top: F#5                 Vocal range bottom: A3

     
    Michael Banks

    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.

    Vocal range top: E5                    Vocal range bottom: A3

     

     

    Principal Ensemble

    The Principal Ensemble play all of the speaking roles in the show.  Each actor will have 5-7 roles total in the musical, one being a major featured character, and at least one solo.  This ensemble has two numbers on their own: "Precision and Order" and "Playing the Game". They will also  participate in all large chorus numbers.

    Admiral Boom/Clerk/Annie/Toy/Sweep 4

    Admiral Boom is 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. Annie is Mrs. Corry’s much put-upon daughter whose name starts with a vowel.

     

    Policeman/Von Hussler/Chatterbox/Toy/Sweep

    The policeman, Egbert, is a neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of all the households on his beat. Von Hussler is a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.

    Vocal range top: D4                   Vocal range bottom: C3

     

    Park Keeper/Clerk/Chatterbox/Teddy Bear/Sweep

    Uniformed and officious, the Park Keeper, Fred Smith, makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood.  Teddy Bear is Michael’s much abused plaything who seeks revenge.

    Vocal range top: Eb4                 Vocal range bottom: D3

    Neleus/Clerk/Chatterbox/Mr. Punch/Prime Minister/Sweep

    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. Mr. Punch is the terrifying toy bully of the nursery.  The Prime Minister is the Prime Minister of Britain who finds love at the end of a balloon in the park.

    Vocal range top: E4                    Vocal range bottom: B3

    Bank Chairman/Statue/Chatterbox/Toy/Ice Cream Man/Sweep 3

    The Bank Chairman, the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt.

    Vocal range top: D4                    Vocal range bottom: C3

    John Northbrook (May be played by Bert or will also play Statue/Chatterbox/Toy/The Good Dad)

    Northbrook is an honest business man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.  He may be Bert in disguise.

    Vocal range top: D4                     Vocal range bottom: C3

    Miss Lark is the Banks’ hoity toity neighbor who wears a lot of jewelry and treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child.

    Miss Lark/Teller/Chatterbox/Toy/Sweep 1

    The Bird Woman is covered in a patchwork of old shawls, 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.  Miss Calico sells giant peppermint sticks which also allows the buyer to fly.

    Vocal range top: C5                              Vocal range bottom: Gb3

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    Bird Woman/Teller/Chatterbox/Toy/Miss Calico/Sweep 2

     

    Mrs. Corry owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with a strange, geographically unidentifiable accent.  Katie Nana is the Banks’ nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.  The Balloon Woman’s balloons, if chosen correctly, are magical.

    Vocal range top: C5                              Vocal range bottom: C4

    Mrs. Corry/Katie Nana/Statue/Teller/ Toy/Balloon Woman/Sweep

     

    Miss Andrew is George's overbearing and scary nanny, the Holy Terror. She is a bully who only knows one way of doing things - her way. Queen Victoria is a statue in the park that comes to life.

    Vocal range top: F5                              Vocal range bottom: Gb3

    Miss Andrew/Queen Victoria/Teller/ Toy/Sweep

     

    Valentine is Jane’s doll that gets an arm ripped off and seeks revenge.  Fannie is Mrs. Corry’s much put-upon daughter whose name starts with a consonant.  Lady Muriel is a Londoner who finds love at the end of a balloon in the park.

    Vocal range top: Db5                           Vocal range bottom: A4

    Valentine/Statue/Teller/Fanny/Lady Muriel Brighton-Jones/Sweep

     

    Miss Smythe is the Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary and his pitbull gatekeeper. The Doll is the creepy toy perfectionist of the nursery.

    Vocal range top: C5                              Vocal range bottom: C4

    Miss Smythe/Statue/Chatterbox/Doll/The Good Mom/Sweep

     
         
    Chorus

    The chorus creates the world of London, 1910.  They play magically transformed parkgoers in "Jolly Holiday", Chatterbox Customers of Mrs. Corry's Conversation Shop in "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", a church choir in "Feed the Birds", happy families and young lovers in "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and chimney sweeps in "Step in Time".  All must sing and dance, though we are open to taking dancers of all ability levels, as Step in Time is a tap number.

     

     

Last Modified on September 6, 2018