Mary Poppins, the practically perfect in every way nanny to the Banks family, along with Bert the chimney sweep, shows Jane and Michael how to love one another and their family and the power of imagination in this colorful, high-flying, family friendly musical in the heart of Disney!
BERT (20s), 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. Baritone.
GEORGE BANKS, 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. Baritone
WINIFRED BANKS, is 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 a great warmth and simplicity to her tone. Mezzo Soprano.
JANE BANKS (11), the high-spirited daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, is bright and precocious
but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Child soprano.
MICHAEL BANKS (9) is 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. Male child voice, unbroken.
ROBERTSON AY, is 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 and can speak/sing his lyrics. However, his “Spoonful” solo can be a fun surprise. Tenor.
MARY POPPINS (20s) is 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 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. A traditional soprano can work as well
NELEUS (16-20) is 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 statue, he quickly befriends Jane and Michael. A great opportunity to exhibit strong dancing prowess.
BIRD WOMAN (50s) is covered in a patch- work of old shawls, and her pockets are stuffed with bags of 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. Alto.
MISS ANDREW (40s-50s) is 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.
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). Soprano.
VALENTINE is a stuffed boy doll belonging to Jane. Tenor, Baritone
DANCING ENSEMBLE comprises good tap, jazz, and ballet dancers and strong singing voices (all vocal ranges) that can understudy the principal roles if necessary. The ensemble can be divided vocally as needed for your production in order to play chimney sweeps, toys, parkgoers, etc.
What To Prepare
1 minute monologue (British or Cockney accent preferred)
1 min of song of your choice (16-32 bars)
Typed resume and headshot
Come dressed to dance and move.
We are a Christian organization
There will be release forms to be signed if cast.
Rehearsals are Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings unless otherwise specified.
Production week is March 5th-9th, 2021 and performances are March 10th-19th with 10 shows.
Please text Elijah Mizysak to schedule and RSVP and audition slot at 602-694-4058