Red Mountain Theatre Company - Auditions for “Mary Poppins”
OPEN AUDITION – Thursday, January 8th
6:00 PM (please arrive at 5:30pm to sign in)
at 301 19th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203
This audition is for ANYONE and EVERYONE that is interested in auditioning for this amazing production!
Please email Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend the audition and advise the role/roles you would like to be seen for - Do not call the office – email only.
CALLBACKS will be held on Friday, January 9th
We will start at 6:00 PM – same location
“Mary Poppins” show dates are July 10 – August 2, 2015
(rehearsal dates are June 16th – July 9th)
Please arrive at 5:30pm on January 8th with your 8x10 headshot and resume.
Please be prepared to sing 16-24 bars (30 seconds-1 minute) of music that shows off your voice. An accompanist will be provided (no ipods/CD's/etc); however, you may sing a cappella if you wish. You may be asked to sing from the show at callbacks.
There will not be any dance or movement auditions at the open audition – we might show you some of the choreography so you can work on it before you come to the callback – be ready to dance on Friday.
I have attached a link to the music from the show, just to help you become more familiar – you will not be singing from the show at the open audition, only at callbacks.
MARY POPPINS AUDITION CAST BREAKDOWN:
Mid 20s-30. Mezzo Soprano w/a strong top. Must be able to dance well. British accent. Neat & tidy, delightfully vain. Very particular & sharp. Strange & extraordinary, sometimes frightening but at the same time exciting. Practically perfect in every way. Always means exactly what she says.
30s. Baritone to G. Manly but warm. Cockney accent. Inexplicably has a variety of occupations – match man, pavement painter, chimney sweep, hurdy gurdy player. A friend of Mary Poppins who is always nearby to watch the children & observe the goings on in Cherry Tree Lane. A song & dance man. Excellent tap dancer.
Mr. George Banks:
Early 40s. Baritone. A senior bank clerk by name, nature, & occupation. Believes, however wrong he may be, that he had the perfect childhood. Rules with an iron fist but his emotional armour is concealing a sensitive soul. Is a pipe & slippers man who doesn’t have much to do w/his children. Absent minded, always losing his possessions. Likes things just so even though money is always tight for a salaried man.
Mrs Winifred Banks:
30s. Mezzo Soprano. Very busy trying to live up to her husband’s desire to only associate w/the best people. A loving but distracted mother. She is overwhelmed by the conflict between her desire to please her husband & children & the contradictory suspicion that she’s both not up to the job & worth more.
11. Pretty & attractive girl. Exuberant but willful. Occasionally inclined to snobbishness. Maximum height: 58”
9. Cute & cheeky. Excitable. Naughty. Adores his father & tries to be like him. Maximum height: 56”.
50s, Alto. The Housekeeper. Always complaining that the house is understaffed. Most of the time her intimidating exterior barely masks the warmth underneath. Big, bosomy & harassed. Barks rather than speaks. Doesn’t have a high opinion of nannies in general & Mary Poppins in particular.
40s-50s, Soprano with Alto Belt. George’s old nanny. Overbearing lady w/a huge trumpeting voice. Beak nosed, grim mouthed, small peering be-spectacled eyes. A bully who only knows one way of doing things – her way.
Early 20s, Tenor. The house boy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy & grumbling. He never gets things right so believes himself to be useless.
50s. Covered in patchwork of old shawls, her pockets are stuffed w/bags of crumbs for the birds. Sings “Feed the Birds.”
Admiral Boom / Chairman/Ensemble:
50s. Baritone. Retired. A physically large man who has a loud & booming voice. Speaks in navy jargon. Also plays Chairman: an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. Head of the bank.
Female, 30s. Mezzo Soprano Another neighbor on Cherry Tree Lane, she is a bit snobby and treats her dog, Willoughby, as a child.
Female, Soprano. Mysterious and very old, Mrs. Corry runs the “Talking Shop” where people buy conversations and gingerbread.
SEEKING SINGERS: Seeking strong singers of all ages and ethnicities to play multiple characters; must be able to move well.
SEEKING DANCERS: Seeking strong Dancers in Tap and Ballet; must be able to sing well.
Below is a Dropbox link for the character sides – these are just for your reference and will not be needed until callbacks. Click on the link below:
Cuts will be added to this Dropbox later, so you will have access to them closer to the audition.