Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film

SLOC’s 2019-2020 Youth Production!

Director SUZANNE RAYOME
Music Directors ADRIENNE SHERMAN & MICHAEL CAMELO
Choreographer ABBY TODD
Producers AMY CLARK & MICHAEL CAMELO

Let your imagination take wing with everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins! Tag along with Mary, Bert, Jane and Michael Banks, as they experience many magical and memorable adventures. 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 presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

**Individual tickets available starting August 1, 2019**

AUDITION INFORMATION!!

Audition dates:
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 6:30 pm sign-in, 7:00 pm start
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 8:30 am sign-in, 9:00 am start

Call Backs (by invitation only) Saturday, June 29, 2019, 2:00 pm sign-in 2:30 pm start

Audition Location: Schenectady Light Opera Company, 427 Franklin Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

Casting is open to any 9th-12th graders for the 2019-2020 school year (current 8th-11th graders)

Show Dates: November 8-17, 2019 (Nov 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16 at 8 pm, Nov 10, 16 & 17 at 2 pm)

All performances will be on the Schenectady Light Opera Company Main Stage, 427 Franklin Street, Schenectady

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a Broadway show-tune in the style of the show for your audition.  No acapella singing! An accompanist will be provided but you must provide your own sheet music in the appropriate key and the music must be clearly marked.

  • You MUST bring a calendar with ALL CONFLICTS.
  • Attendance is mandatory for all of Tech Week and all performances.  
  • Bring a resume with a headshot (requested, not required)
  • Singing auditions will be first, followed by readings from the script.
  • A dance combination will also be taught by our choreographer Abby to all auditioners which will include tap.
  • Please remember: Have water, comfortable clothing, and tap shoes (if you have them) to wear for the dancing portion.

Additional notes:

  • Rehearsals will begin the end of August and will be held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 pm.
  • Other dates may be considered based on conflicts.  
  • If you are not available for these audition dates and would like to be considered for a role, contact a producer.

If you have any additional questions, please email:

Suzanne Rayome (Director) at srayome@bhbl.org
Michael Camelo (co-Producer/co-Music Director) at m.camelo@aol.com
Amy Clark (co-Producer) at aclark@bhbl.org
Adrienne Sherman (Music Director) at shermanam@yahoo.com
Abby Todd (Choreographer) at abbymtodd@gmail.com

LIST OF CHARACTERS:

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 well. She can have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction is the key. Vocal range top: C6, Vocal range bottom: Gb3

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 a 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. 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. Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: A3

Katie Nanna: Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill with 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 she were a 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

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 one of the strong dancers in your ensemble.

Queen Victoria: A statue in the park.

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.

Ensemble: Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Park Goers.

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 businessman 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

NOVEMBER 8-10 & 14-17, 2019