Audition Announcements

 

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts will hold auditions for boys and girls ages 8 through 18 for MARY POPPINS JR. on Tuesday May 22Ages 8-11 will be seen from 7pm – 8:30pm and ages 12 – 18 will be seen from 8:30pm – 10 pm at the theater located at: 2 East Main Street, Smithtown.

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN.

Performances are:
September 15, 2pm
September 16, 11am
September 22, 2pm
September 23, 11am
September 29, 2pm
September 30, 11am
Sat October 6, 2pm
Sun October 7, 2pm
Mon October 8, 2pm
Sat October 13, 2pm
Sun October 14, 2pm
Sat October 20, 2pm
Sun October 21, 2pm
Sat October 27, 2pm
Sun October 28, 2pm

NO PERFORMANCE CONFLICTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Rehearsals will begin July 9 and will be Mon-Thurs 4:30 – 6:30 pm based on the theatre’s availability– and Mon-Fri 4-8pm beginning September 10 leading up to opening.

There are NO rehearsal conflicts the week of tech week, September 10-14 – no exceptions!

There is no audition fee, but a $200 performance fee must be paid at the parent meeting on Wed May 30 at 7 pm.

If you have questions, please send an email to Jordan.hue@gmail.com. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE BOX OFFICE.  THEY HAVE NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BEYOND WHAT IS POSTED HERE.

Prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song of your choice.   You may not be asked to sing the entire song, so select a portion that best shows off your voice, just in case.  Bring sheet music in a binder! An accompanist will be provided. Please bring a headshot and resume.  If you do not have a headshot, we may take a picture of you at auditions.

If needed, Call Backs will be on Saturday May 26 from 10am – 1pm.  Callback notifications will be emailed. If you do not receive a callback email, it does not mean that you are not cast in the production!

There are no other dates/times for auditions or callbacks. If you cannot attend the audition, please email a video submission to Jordan.hue@gmail.com including 32 bars of a song using piano or karaoke.

Director: Jordan Hue
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle
Choreographer: Michelle Rubino

Character Breakdown

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gender: Female

Robertson Ay

The houseboy to the Banks family. Forgetful and clumsy, he often bungles simple tasks. 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.

Gender: Female
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Ensemble & Featured Characters include:

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.

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: Both

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: Both

Neleus

Neleus is a statue who, once brought to life by Mary Poppins, is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael.

Gender: Both
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.

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.”

Gender: Both

Clerks

The Clerks, like George, are employees at the bank.

Gender: Both

Miss Smythe

Miss Smythe is the bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.

Gender: Female

Chairman

Chairman, the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed shirt.

Gender: Male

Von Hussler

Von Hussler is a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal.

Gender: Male

John Northbrook

John Northbrook is an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community.

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 the Park Strollers earlier in the show.

Gender: Both

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.

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: Both

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.

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: Both

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.

Gender: Both

Policeman and the Messenger

The Policeman, a neighborhood patrol officer, and the Messenger, who delivers a summons to George from the bank.

Gender: Both