Calliope Auditions: Mary Poppins
Calliope announces auditions for Mary Poppins, a musical by Robert & Richard Sherman, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe, and Julian Fellowes.
Mary Poppins was adapted from the Academy Award-winning 1964 movie by Walt Disney and contains all of the familiar songs.
The DirectorsChuck Grigaitis, director
Lenny McGuire, music director
The RehearsalsSunday afternoons (1 pm - 5 pm); Mondays & Thursday evenings (starting at 7 pm), beginning Sunday, September 9.
The PerformancesNovember 29, 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9:
The CharactersMajor and Supporting Roles
Bert: 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. Gender: Male. Age: 30’s. Vocal range top: F#4. Vocal range bottom: B2.
George Banks: 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. A baritone, George may speak-sing as necessary. Gender: Male. Age: 40’s. Vocal range top: Eb4. Vocal range bottom: Bb2.
Winifred 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 much more. She has great warmth and simplicity to her tone. Gender: Female. Age: 30’s. Vocal range top: D5. Vocal range bottom: A3.
Jane Banks: The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Gender: Female. Age: 11 to 12. 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. Gender: Male. Age: 9 to 10. Vocal range top: E5. Vocal range bottom: A3.
Katie: Jane’s and Michael's nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children. Gender: Female. Age: 30’s.
Policeman: A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat. Gender: Male. Age: 30 +.
Miss Lark: The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if her were child. Gender: Female. Age: 30 +.
Admiral 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. Can be any vocal range as needed. If Admiral Bloom doubles as the Banks Chairman, he can be a baritone. Gender: Male. Age: 50’s +.
Mrs. Brill: 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. She does not have to be a strong singer. Gender: Female. Age: 50’s +. Vocal range top: D#5. Vocal range bottom: F#3.
Robertson Ay: 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, but his "Spoonful" solo can be a fun surprise. Gender: Male. Age: 20’s. Vocal range top: G#4. Vocal range bottom: F3.
Mary Poppins: 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. A mezzo soprano with strong top notes, she should be able to move well. She can have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction is the key. Gender: Female. Age: 20’s. Vocal range top: C6. Vocal range bottom: Gb3.
Park Keeper: Uniformed and officious, he makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood. Gender: Male. Age: 40’s.
Neleus: 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. Should be a strong dancer. Gender: Male. Age: 14 – 16.
Queen Victoria: A statue in the park. Gender: Female. Age: 40 +.
Bank Chairman: The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. He can speak/sing his lines if necessary. Gender: Male. Age: 50 to 60. Vocal range top: D4. Vocal range bottom: C3.
Miss Smythe: The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary. Gender: Female. Age: 40’s.
Minor Speaking Roles
Von Hussler (a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent).
John Northbrook (an honest business man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with a Northern England accent).
Bird Woman (covered in a patchwork of old shawls, she tries to sell her crumbs for the birds. Sings "Feed the Birds." There can be a gruff, folksy quality to her voice that reflects the hardness of her life. Gender: Female. Age: 50 +. Vocal range top: C5. Vocal range bottom: Gb3.
Mrs. Corry: Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with a Caribbean accent (or any accent that would make her seem exotic). Gender: Female. Age: 40’s +.
Miss Andrew: 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 soprano with an alto belt, there can be some heaviness to her voice along with range. Gender: Female Age: 40’s +. Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: Gb3.
Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Park-goers.
For additional information, or to schedule an audition appointment by phone, please call Calliope Productions at (508) 869-6887.