NUREMBERG - The Nuremberg Community Players will hold auditions for their summer Youth Theater Performance of the musical "Mary Poppins Jr.". Auditions will be held on May 6th, 7th, and 8th at 6 pm at the Nuremberg Community Theater, located at 283 Hazle St, Nuremberg. Young people ages 8 to 17 are invited.
Those auditioning must be able to read lines from the script and prepare a song to sing. They are welcome to bring their own music.
Rehearsals will be held 3 times per week, one day each for singing, dancing, and acting. Technical Rehearsals (5 days/week) will be from June 17-27. The show dates are June 28, 29, and 30.
There are 25 roles and a chorus with many small parts. Those auditioning should review the character descriptions below and think about what part he or she would like to audition for before the audition nights. The lead characters require strong acting and singing. All ensembles require group singing. Featured roles require either solo singing or solo acting, or both.
Please contact Suzanne Croll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-582-6520 if you have any questions.
Mary Poppins JR. - Character Descriptions:
Bert - The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, Bert is a chimney sweep and a sidewalk artist, among many other occupations. With a twinkle in his eye and a skip in his step, Bert watches over the children and the goings-on around Cherry Tree Lane. He is a song-and-dance man with oodles of charm who is wise beyond his years. Strong male singer, dancer, and actor is needed for this role. Gender: male -Vocal range top: F4 - Vocal range bottom: B2
George Banks - Husband to Winifred and father to Jane and Michael, is a banker to the very fiber of his being. Demanding "precision and order" in his household, he is a pip-and-slippers man who doesn't have much to do with his children and believes that Miss Andrew, his cruel, strict childhood nanny, gave him the perfect upbringing. George's emotional armor, however off-putting, conceals a sensitive soul. A baritone, George may speak-sing as necessary and should be among the strongest male actors and singers. Gender: male - Vocal range top: F4 - Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Winifred Banks - 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 while striving to be a model wife and mother. Cast an actor who can portray a great warmth and depth of feeling. Winifred should have a pure vocal tone and be one of the stronger actors and singers. - Gender: female - Vocal range top: Eb5 - Vocal range bottom: A3
Jane Banks - The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. A strong actor and singer is needed who can take the audience on an emotional journey. - Gender: female - Vocal range top: Eb5 - Vocal range bottom: A3
Michael Banks - The cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and longs desperately for his attention. Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents. Michael should be a great actor and singer. Ideally, he reads onstage as younger than Jane. - Gender: male - Vocal range top: E5 - Vocal range bottom: A3
Mrs. Brill - The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed. Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath. She does not have to be a strong singer, but she should be a solid actor. - Gender: female
Robertson Ay - The houseboy to the Banks family. Forgetful and clumsy, he often bungles simple tasks. He doesn’t do a lot of singing, but he should be a good comedic actor. Note: his last name is pronounced like “eye.” - Gender: male –
Mary Poppins - Jane and Michael Banks’s new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet very particular, and sometimes a little frightening, but she is always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says. The role calls for an excellent singer and actor who should be able to move well. Since she carries a majority of the show, precision and diction are key. - Gender: female - Vocal range top: F5 - Vocal range bottom: G3
Katie Nanna - Katie Nanna is Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children. This role is perfect for a performer who is not quite ready for a larger role. - Gender: female
Park Strollers - The Park Strollers are citizens of London who go from drab and dreary to bright and colorful as they get swept up in Mary Poppins’s adventures in the park. - Gender: any
Statues - The Statues are stone sculptures. Thanks to Mary Poppins, these works of art come alive and dance with Bert and the Park Strollers. -Gender: any
Neleus - Neleus is a statue who, once brought to life by Mary Poppins, is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael. This role is a wonderful opportunity to feature one of the strong dancers in the ensemble. - Gender: any - Vocal range top: Eb5 - Vocal range bottom: Bb4
Bird Woman - The Bird Woman is covered in a patchwork of old shawls, her pockets stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell the crumbs to Passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. While she should be a good singer, there can be a gruff, folksy quality to her voice that reflects the difficulties of her situation. - Gender: female - Vocal range top: D5 - Vocal range bottom: G3
Honeybees - The Honeybees are conjured by Mary Poppins to help teach the children the benefits of “A Spoonful of Sugar.” These roles require good movers who can sing. - Gender: any
Clerks - The Clerks, like George, are employees at the bank. These roles require actors who can sing. - Gender: any
Miss Smythe - Miss Smythe is the bank Chairman’s humorless secretary. This smaller role is great for a performer who is new to the stage. - Gender: female
Chairman - Chairman, the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed shirt. He does not need to be a strong singer, but he should be a good actor with great stage presence. - Gender: male
Von Hussler - Von Hussler is a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. This is a great character role for a fantastic actor who can command the stage with pomposity. - Gender: male
John Northbrook - John Northbrook is an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. This is a great role for a good actor and solid singer who may not be ready to tackle a large part. - Gender: male - Vocal range top: D4 - Vocal range bottom: C3
Vagrants, Buskers, and Passerby - Vagrants, Buskers, and Passerby are citizens of London passing by the cathedral during “Feed the Birds.” They can also be play the Park Strollers earlier in the show. - Gender: any
Mrs. Corry - Mrs. Corry owns a magical Talking Shop. She is a mysterious woman of indeterminate age, but has plenty of spirit and is sharp as a tack. Requires an excellent actor who’s not afraid to be over the top in this fun role. - Gender: female - Vocal range bottom: C#4
Customers - The Customers are bright, colorful British citizens visiting Mrs. Corry’s Talking Shop. This group can be the same Park Strollers and Passersby from before. - Gender: any
Miss Andrew - 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. Requires a stronger singer in this featured role. - Gender: female - Vocal range top: D5 - Vocal range bottom: G#3
Kite Flyers - Kite Flyers consist of families flying kites in the park. They can also be comprised of the same ensemble members as the Park Strollers, the Passersby, and Mrs. Corry’s Customers. - Gender: any
Chimney Sweeps - Chimney Sweeps (including Sweep 1, Sweep 2, Sweep 3, and Sweep 4) are Bert’s cheerful, friendly, and agile friends who keep London’s chimneys in working order. These actors should be great dancers and good singers, capable of bringing the show-stopping number “Step In Time” to life. - Gender: any
Policeman and the Messenger - The Policeman, a neighborhood patrol officer, and the Messenger, who delivers a summons to George from the bank, are great roles for students new to the stage that might not be ready for a large role. - Gender: any
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