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Jereme Raickett

Artistic Director

Mary Poppins AUDITIONS

Book by Julian Fellowes
Music & Lyrics By Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe

Date: Sunday, September 18, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm


Location:
Players by the Sea
106 6th Street North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Show dates: December 2 -18, 2022
Directed by: TBA

What to prepare:
● Please arrive at least 15 minutes early with your headshot and resume
● Prepare 16 - 32 bars of a Pop/Rock or Contemporary Musical Theater Pop
selection. (You MAY sing from the show)
● Please bring music on a recorded device. Accompanist will not be provided
● Be prepared to DANCE
● Also add this: VIDEO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED Please prepare 16-32 bars
of a Pop song or ballad and submit them to auditions@playersbythesea.org no later
than 4 pm on Sunday 9/18​


Show Description:​ When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at
their doorstep, the family finds that she's the answer to their prayers, but most
peculiarly. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable
adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon.


Character descriptions:
Mary Poppins: Female, Age: 20s. Jane and Michael Banks's new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, 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.
Bert: Male, Age: 30s. 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.
George Banks: Male, 40s. The father of 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.

Winifred Banks: Female, Age: 30s. 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 a 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 in her tone.
Jane: Female, Age: 11ish. The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks is bright and
precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.
Michael: Male, Age: 9ish. 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 to get the attention of their parents.
Katie Nanna: Female, Age: 30s. Jane and Micahel's nanny at the beginning of the show.
Overwhelmed and upset, she has had her fill of the Banks children.
Policeman: Male, Age: 30s. A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of
households on his beat.
Miss Lark: Female, Age: 30s. The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family treats her dog, Willoughby, as if she were a child.
Admiral Boom: Male, Age: 50s. 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: Female, Age: 50s. The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked and harrassed, 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.
Robertson Ay: Male, Age: 20s. 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
Park Keeper: Male, Age: 40s. 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: Male, Age: Teen-Young Adult. 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. 
Queen Victoria: Female, Age: 40s. A statue in the park.

Bank Chairman: Male, Age: 50s-60s. The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed is an Edwardian stuffed shirt. He can speak/sing his lines if necessary.
Miss Smythe: Female, Age: 40s. The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary.

Ensemble: Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Parkgoers.
Von Hussler: Male, Age: 30s. A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady
business deal. He speaks with a German accent.
John Northbrook: Male, Age: 30s. An honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.
Bird Woman: Female, Age: 50s. 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 to 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.
Mrs. Corry: Female, Age: 40s. Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with a Caribbean accent
Miss Andrew: Female, Age: 40s. 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.


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