The Morgan-Wixson Theatre's Main Stage proudly presents
The Broadway Musical
Original Music & Lyrics Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs & Additional Music & Lyrics by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Directed by Randy Brenner
Produced by Anne & Larry Gesling
Musical Direction by Amy Gillett
Choreographed by Jacob Krech
SYNOPSIS: The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it." Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. This show is a perfect opportunity to showcase a strong, iconic female performer, as well as unique special effects and illusions.
AUDITIONS: Saturday, May 5, from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Sunday May 6, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Advance appointments are not necessary. Actors only need to attend one day of auditions.
All auditions, and any necessary callbacks, will be held at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
(Street parking available, or use the VENICE FAMILY CLINIC after 6 p.m.
DO NOT PARK in AAMCO/Viking Motors or SGI or you will likely be towed!)
CALLBACKS: Tuesday, May 8, from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
You will be informed by email if you are required for callbacks.
PREPARE: 32 bars of a ballad or up-tempo piece in a standard musical comedy style (no pop or rock). Actors should be prepared to dance and have clothing and shoes appropriate for a dance audition.
PERFORMANCE DATES: June 30 through August 4.
The first four weekends: Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00.
Fifth weekend: No Friday performance; Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday at 2:00.
Closing weekend: Saturday shows only, August 4 at 2:00 and 8:00
Please note that actors MUST be available for all performances unless otherwise negotiated with the production staff prior to casting.
REHEARSALS: Will begin in May. All rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, Saturdays from 1:00 to 6:00 pm and Sundays from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Actors are not called for all rehearsals, only those rehearsals where they are being used for a scene.
Picture, resume and your conflicts for the whole rehearsal period. We must have all conflicts no later than callbacks or you will not be cast in the show. If additional conflicts arise after casting, it may result in an actor being replaced
MARY POPPINS (Lead) 25-45 Female: 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. Vocal range: C6-Gb3.
BERT (Lead) 25-45 Male: The narrator of the story and a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, he has many occupations, including hurdy-gurdy player, sidewalk artist and chimney sweep. He 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: F#4-B2.
JANE BANKS (Lead) 10-15 Female: The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Playing “age” 12 years. Vocal range: F#5-A3.
MICHAEL BANKS (Lead) 8-12 Male: 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. Playing “age” 9 years. Vocal range: E5-A3.
GEORGE BANKS (Supporting) 35-55 Male: The father to Jane and Michael Banks; 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, he may speak-sing as necessary. Vocal range: Eb4-Bb2.
WINIFRED BANKS (Supporting) 35-55 Female: 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: D5-A3.
ADMIRAL BOOM (Supporting) 45-75 Male: 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 (Supporting) 25-55 Female: 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: D#5-F#3.
ROBERTSON AY (Supporting) 25-55 Male: 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: G#4-F3.
BANK CHAIRMAN (Supporting) 45-75 Male: 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: D4-C3.
BIRDWOMAN (Supporting) 25-75) Female: She is 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: C5-Gb3.
MISS ANDREW (Supporting) 25-55 Female: 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: F5-Gb3.
ENSEMBLE Ages 15+ Male & female: All voice types and ages, must move well. The Ensemble will also play many different and varied characters.
Non-Equity, no pay.
Questions? Please e-mail LLGesling@gmail.com