Auditions

There is magic in the air!

Audition Info:

Auditions will be held January 20th & 21st at 6:30 PM.  Invited callbacks will be held on January 22nd at 6:30 PM.

 

Note: It is not necessary to attend both days of the initial audition. 

Performance Dates:  April 16 - 27th, 2020.

Auditions are open to all youth - ages 3- 21+.  No experience is required!   

 

For a list of available roles, please see character breakdown (below). 

 

Participants should prepare a sort song (about 1 minute, or about 16-32 bars).  Please bring sheet music, or your music as an instrumental track (no background vocals) on an MP3 player, phone, iPod, etc.  We will provide an aux cord to plug your device into our speaker.  If you wish to bring your own small speaker, connected to your device, you may.  Song should reflect your best vocal abilities and be "themed" like the songs from the show.  If you have questions, feel free to email crowtheatrekids@yahoo.com for advice on your audition prep.  We are here to help you!

Please wear clothing and shoes you can move/dance in.  Please bring water in a closed container with a tightly fitting lid.  

Participating in a C.R.O.W. show is a big commitment.  It is important that you are aware of our expectations PRIOR to auditioning:

 

  • Rehearsals begin January 27th and are usually held M-Th evenings approx. 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm.  Sometimes rehearsals run late, but we try not to!  Casting will be announced on Friday, January 24th by EMAIL.  Telegrammers have a reduced rehearsal schedule.  NOT EVERY CAST MEMBER IS CALLED FOR EVERY REHEARSAL.  We try hard to release cast members when they are no longer needed, and don't call them in unless we plan to use them.  

 

  • A mandatory meeting will be held on January 27th.  All cast members and a parent/guardian MUST attend this meeting to participate in the show.   

 

  • All cast members MUST attend all required rehearsals and shows.  Unless you are ill or have had a family emergency, you MUST be there if you are called.   A schedule will be provided at first meeting.

 

  • Public Performance Dates: April 17, 18, & 19 and 24, 25, & 26.  There are 6 public shows plus 2 school outreach performances (Daytime of April 16th).  Cast members must be excused from school for outreach shows by their parent/guardian.  No rehearsals may be missed during tech week. 

 

  • Cast members who do not practice their songs, dances, and lines at home may be removed from the production.  

 

  • There is no cost to participate in the show.  If cast, you will be responsible for providing your own hair accessories, footwear, some make-up, and undergarments. 

 

  • There are limited roles available.  Unfortunately, not every child who auditions will be cast in our show.  Our educational philosophy stems from the concept that hard work=reward.  Think of it like a job interview…there are only so many jobs available...and if you want to beat out the competition, you must show us your best! 

 

  • Cast member families must help by volunteering in one or more areas and participating in fundraisers.  In order to provide this show at no cost to you, we do require volunteer time and your concentrated effort on a fundraiser.  Details at first meeting.  

 

Mary Poppins Character Breakdown: 

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.

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.  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 more. She has great warmth and simplicity to her tone.  Vocal range top: D5.  Vocal range bottom: A3

Jane:  The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.  Age: 11 to 12.  Vocal range top: F#5.  Vocal range bottom: A3

Michael:  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.  Age: 9 to 10.  Vocal range top: E5.  Vocal range bottom: A3

Katie Nanna:  Jane and Micahel's nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.

Policeman:  A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat.

Miss Lark:  The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child.

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.

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.  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.  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 very well. She can have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction is the key.  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.

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. This role is a wonderful opportunity to feature a strong dancer.

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.  Vocal range top: D4.  Vocal range bottom: C3

Miss Smythe:  The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary.

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 an accent from Northern England.

Bird Woman:  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 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.  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).

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.  Vocal range top: F5  Vocal range bottom: Gb3

Ensemble: Additional Statues, Chimney Sweeps, People on the Street, Talking Shop Patrons, Park goers. Bankers.

 

TELEGRAMMERS - A wonderful role for our tiny tots (ages 3-7).  Telegrammers perform a short song and dance prior to each act, and sell "telegrams" in the lobby at Intermission.  This is a great way for our youngest stars to dip their toes in the water, without the full commitment of the rehearsal schedule for the "big show."  Many of our Telegrammers are now mainstage cast members.    If you have questions, let us know!

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