- General Information
- Auditions for Jane Banks & Michael Banks
- Auditions for Grades 9-12
- Audition and Casting Policies
- Tips for Having a Good Audition
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."
Nov 05-07: "Jane Banks" and "Michael Banks"
Nov 18-21: High School Auditions
All cast Read-Through December 19, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Practices are scheduled daily after school beginning January 14.
All cast DO NOT come to each practice, each day. A schedule is posted in advance.
April 2 - 5, 2019
Auditions for younger students
- Monday, November 11, 3:30pm - 6:00pm
- Tuesday, November 12, 3:30pm - 5:05pm
- CALL BACKS: Thursday, November 21, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
"Jane Banks" is the high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Girls auditioning for the role of "Jane" should be between 45 and 50 inches tall, love to sing and can match pitch.
"Michael Banks" 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. Boys auditioning for the the role of "Michael" should be between 43 and 47 inches tall, love to sing and can match pitch.
Students will be cast for these roles based on their singing ability, self control, and teachable mindset.
The audition experience is intimidating for many students...but we try to make every step a positive one! Students gain confidence by going through the process and we are proud of each one of them!
Auditions for Students Grades 9-12
- Monday, November 18 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Tuesday, November 19, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Wednesday, November 20, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- CALL BACKS: Thursday, November 21, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
To audition, students should:
1 - Complete the online registration on this page (below).
2 - Come prepared to have a good time! Come and try something new with no stress!
Song for Auditions:
There are many great character roles in Mary Poppins! Watch a theatre production or movie online and see if something interests you. As well, there are tons of videos online which will help you learn to speak with a British accent.
Scripts can be found online or the first day of auditions. Practice reading for a part and make it fun!
Character roles will audition with the songs listed below:
Audition Registration for High School:
Audition and Casting Policies:
- All students Grades 9-12 are welcome to audition.
2. No previous experience is required, but previous roles and training in dance, singing and acting may be taken into consideration.
3. No preference is given for a role based on seniority. All parts will be cast based on many factors. Primary among them the ones listed below:
- SINGING ABILITY Pitch, vocal tone and color, ability to harmonize, appropriate range, stage presence, interpretation of lyrics.
- ACTING ABILITY Demonstration of ability to act; interpret; take direction; improvise and mime; maintain concentration and focus, and a pleasing and helpful work ethic when in a group setting. Additional factors: stage presence, suitable size and look for a part, suitable size and look in pairing with lead males and females.
- DANCE ABILITY Dance ability: ability to dance; to master the choreography given during the audition; physical stamina and coordination; willingness to learn new things ability to teach others if you have dance experience. Demonstration of stage presence in dance.
- PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Demonstrated work ethic in previous roles; lines learned accurately and on time, punctual and present at all rehearsals; positive and encouraging attitude toward directors and fellow actors; willingness to take direction and perform role as directed; no missed lines, cues, scene changes or props; properly cared for all costumes, wigs and hats; erased and turned in all scripts on time.
- AVAILABILITY AND DEDICATION Willingness to clear schedule if cast in a lead role; willingness to present a master calendar to all coaches and sponsors in order to create an agreed upon schedule if any activities conflict with rehearsals, tech weeks and performance dates; willingness to return a signed list of all possible family conflicts from a parent or guardian.
4. Although other teachers and staff might be asked to observe auditions and give input in casting, the final decision is the sole prerogative of the director. The cast list when posted is considered final. If a student chooses to not accept a role, normally the actor who was the next in place will be moved up to that role and someone else will be moved up from the ensemble to replace them. Cast members will be notified of the changes in advance of the first rehearsal, or when rehearsals begin.
Casting is not a science. Often a director will perceive something in an actor that is not measurable. Years of professional experience evaluating talent and potential in amateur performers help the director identify this special “something” that makes a particular actor right for a particular part.
Tips for Having a Good Audition:
- Stay quiet and do not distract others during the auditions.
- Make note of any scenes or songs you would like to try (even if you do not get asked to read them). Usually the director will ask if anyone would like to read or sing anything at the end. At this time, you may request to do a song or a scene, and may give a knock-out reading that surprises the director!
- Do some research in advance by reviewing scenes or songs in the show. Look online (YouTube) for previous HS productions of a show, or order the show on NETFLIX, etc.
- In auditions, normally some of the songs will be taught to the group, then, several students at a time will be heard by the director. At the end of the audition, the director will let individuals know if they should work on a particular song to be heard at the next audition. It is important to note that being asked to sing a certain song later, it is not a guarantee that you are being considered for the role.
- Wear proper shoes. Take note of any particular clothing or shoes that are suggested for the movement/dance portion of the audition. For example, don’t wear flip-flops or UGGS.
- For High School students, consider attending all audition days. Although it is not required to attend all days of the auditions, it is strongly suggested if you want to be considered for a lead role. This will allow you to see the competition, and will allow the director to have you read in multiple and varied combinations of actors, as well as to hear you sing more than once. It also allows time for you to perfect the dance audition, and demonstrates your level of interest in the project.
- Again, remember to stay quiet and attentive, and ask to read or sing something you feel you are right for!