Rockwall Community Playhouse
A Musical based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
Adapted by iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald
RCP Children’s Summer Musical is for ages 6-12
Director: Darlene Singleton
Music Director: Paul Burnam
Choreographer: Melissa Carmichael
Assistant Director: Cathryn Harris
Stage Manager: Jennifer Lewis
Audition Date & Time:
Saturday, April 13 – 10am
Rockwall Community Playhouse
609 E. Rusk
Rockwall, Texas 75087
June 18-23, 2019
(Tuesday-Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm)
- SING: Prepare to sing 16 bars of your chosen song. Songs from the show will not be accepted. Bring your own accompaniment (Tracks (CD), with no backing vocals, that are pre-cut and cued are preferred.)
- READ: Be prepared to read from the script.
- DANCE: Learn a short movement combination, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. No flip-flops or boots.
- HEADSHOT/RESUME: A photo is REQUIRED for your audition. Professional headshots are not necessary. A school photo or other clear photograph will be accepted. While resumes are not required for this audition, it is always encouraged to have a resume at the audition. This is particularly helpful if you have extensive dance or vocal training.
Plot Summary: Based on one of the most popular Disney movie of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical! 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.”
- Sing an appropriate song in your range – a children’s song or show tune is recommended.
- While performing your song or reading from the script be sure to show the best of your talents!
- Introduce yourself with energy and confidence.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What if I have vacations/conflicts?
A: We understand that conflicts will happen. Please bring any conflicts with you to auditions. If we are aware of conflicts in advance, we can be sure to plan around them. NOTE: It is tentatively planned that JUNE 3 through JUNE 17 will be mandatory rehearsals.
Q: When are rehearsals?
A: Rehearsals will begin for everyone APRIL 30. The complete schedule will be provided at auditions and at the first rehearsal. Please note: Rehearsal dates and times may shift due to availability of personnel.
- Rehearsals in May will be after school (4:30pm to 6pm)
- Rehearsals beginning June 3 through June 18 will be afternoons (1pm – 4pm)
Q: Do I have to find my own costume?
A: RCP will provide most costumes. You may be asked to bring in basic clothing items. These include: Undergarments, undershirts, socks and shoes. Characters shoes are encouraged.
Q: How can other members of my family or my friends get involved without being in the cast?
A: We are always looking for volunteers to help with the following:
- Set building
- Poster distribution
- Providing snacks
- Working backstage during tech week, dress rehearsals, and performances
(30 Roles + Ensemble)
MARY POPPINS is Jane and Michael Banks’ 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 can move well. Mary carries the majority of the show, so precision and diction are key.
BERT is 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 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. We are looking for a very strong singer, dancer and actor for this role.
GEORGE BANKS is the husband to Winifred and father to Jane and Michael, he 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 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 (lower singer), George may also speak-sing and should be a very strong actor.
MICHAEL BANKS is 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 and should be younger (at least act younger onstage) than Jane.
WINIFRED BANKS is 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. We are looking for an actor who can portray a great warmth and depth of feeling. Winifred should have a pure vocal tone and be one of the strongest actors and singers.
JANE BANKS is the high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. We are looking for a wonderful actor and strong singer who can take the audience on an emotional journey.
MRS. BRILL is the housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked, she is 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 should be a solid actor.
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 is a non-singing role.
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 as she sings what is perhaps the most poignant song of the show.
MISS SMYTHE is the bank Chairman’s humorless secretary. This is a non-singing role.
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. Need an excellent actor and a good singer who is not afraid to be over-the-top in this fun role.
MISS ANDREW is George Banks’ 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. We are looking for a very strong singer for this role.
ROBERTSON AY (pronounced “eye”) is 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.
NELEUS is a statue who, once brought to life by Mary Poppins, is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael. This is a featured role for an excellent dancer who can sing. The student playing Neleus will be part of the ensemble or featured dancers for the rest of the show.
CHAIRMAN is head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed shirt (a smug, conceited, pompous person who is inflexibly conservative). He/she does not need to be a strong singer. He/she does need to be a good actor with great stage presence.
VON HUSSLER is a business person 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. A German accent makes this part even more fun but is not necessary.
JOHN NORTHBROOK is an honest businessperson seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. This is a great role for a good actor and solid singer.
ENSEMBLE AND FEATURED DANCERS (Children may be cast as one or many of these parts)
TOWNSPEOPLE & PARK STROLLERS are citizens of London who go from drab and dreary to bright and colorful as they get swept up in Mary Poppins’ adventures in the park
STATUES are stone sculptures in “Jolly Holiday”. Thanks to Mary, these works of art come alive and dance with Bert and the Park Strollers.
HONEYBEES thought up by Mary to help teach the children the benefits of “A Spoonful of Sugar.” Good movers who can sing.
CLERKS are employees of the bank like George.
VAGRANTS, BUSKERS AND PASSERSBY are citizens of London passing by the cathedral during “Feed the Birds.”
CUSTOMERS are bright, colorful British citizens visiting Mrs. Corry’s Talking Shop
KITE FLYERS are families flying kites in the park during “Let’s Go Fly A Kite.”
CHIMNEY SWEEPS (including Sweep 1, Sweep 2, Sweep 3, Sweep 4 who sing solo lines) are Bert’s cheerful, friendly, agile friends who keep London’s chimneys in working order. Actors who are great dancers and good singers, capable of bringing the show-stopping number “Step in Time” to life.
If you need additional information, please email us at [email protected]
10:00am - 10:05am CDT
RCP, 609 E. Rusk St, Rockwall