Presenting Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR., based on the timelessly popular Disney movie and the award-winning Broadway 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.”
Directed by Erica Walling, with musical direction by Cynthia Marten.
June 21 and 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm
June 22, 23, 29, and 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Location: Ames City Auditorium – 520 6th St.
Auditions will be held on April 7 and 8, with (any necessary) call-backs on the evening of April 9.
The tentative general rehearsal schedule will be:
April 27–June 8, Mon/Wed 4:00pm–6:00pm and Sat 10:00am–noon
June 10–14 (M–F), 1:00pm–4:00pm
June 17–20 (M–Th), noon–5:00pm (tech and dress rehearsals)
June 27 (Th), noon–4:00pm
Performances on June 21–23 and 28–30
We’ll be holding an audition workshop for Mary Poppins Jr. on Saturday, March 30 from 10:00 am-noon. If this is your first time auditioning with us, or if you’d just like some extra feedback on your pieces before you audition, we’d love to have you join us. Come watch and pick up tips, or do a mock audition with your monologue or song. Anyone is welcome; if you’d like to do a mock audition please sign up here so we can plan enough time for everyone.
Please note that attending the workshop does not guarantee you a role in the show.
This workshop will be led by STC instructor Julia VanDyk.
AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS: Please read through all audition instructions carefully.
- Please prepare a memorized, one-minute monologue from the show. (These will be posted on this page within the next few days!)
- Please prepare a memorized song from the list below.
- SIGN UP for an audition time.
- Bring a photo to attach to your audition application.
- You must arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time to complete an audition form. Late arrivals will be moved to another audition time.
- Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes that will allow you to move well.
- You will audition with a small group. Please plan to be at your audition for one hour.
Please choose one of the songs listed below. You will be singing excerpts only, not the entire song. All songs should be sung as solos. You will be singing to a CD provided at your audition, using the exact music provided for you here.
The Perfect Nanny
Sheet Music: PerfectNanny
Winds Do Change
Sheet Music: WindsDoChange
Spoonful of Sugar
Sheet Music: Spoonful
Feed The Birds
Sheet Music: FeedtheBirds
Chim Chim Cher-ee
Sheet Music: Chimchim
Brimstone and Treacle
Sheet Music: Brimstone
Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Sheet Music: FlyAKite
ROLES and CREW POSITIONS
CREW: Youth ages 12 and over may apply for crew positions, including light & sound board operation, scene shift crew, assistant stage management, and wardrobe. If you are interested in a crew position, please stop by during any of the audition times and complete an application. You do not need to sign up for an audition time.
GEORGE BANKS: Husband to Winifred and father to Jane and Michael, is a banker to the very fiber of his being. Demanding “precision and order” in his household, he is a pip-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, George may speak-sing as necessary.
Vocal range: Bb2-F4
WINIFRED BANKS: 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. Vocal range: A3-Eb5
JANE BANKS: The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Bright, sweet, and precocious, but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.
Vocal range: A3-Eb5
MICHAEL BANKS: 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. He is a little younger than Jane.
Vocal range: A3-Eb5
MRS. BRILL: The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked, she’s 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 she should be a solid actor.
ROBERTSON AY: 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. Note: his last name is pronounced like “eye.”
MARY POPPINS: 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 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 should be able to move well. Since she carries a majority of the show, precision and diction are key.
Vocal range: G3-F5
KATIE NANNA: Jane and Michael’s (former) nanny.
NELEUS: A statue who, once brought to life by Mary Poppins, is happy to befriend Jane and Michael.
BIRD WOMAN: The 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.
MISS SMYTHE: The Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.
CHAIRMAN: The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed. Essentially an Edwardian stuffed shirt. He does not need to be a strong singer, but he should be a good actor with great stage presence.
VON HUSSLER: A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. This is a great character role for an actor who can command the stage with pomposity.
JOHN NORTHBROOK: An honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community.
MRS. CORRY: A mysterious woman of indeterminate age, but with plenty of spirit and sharp as a tack. Owns a magical Talking Shop.
MISS ANDREW: George’s 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.
OTHER ENSEMBLE ROLES & CHARACTERS: Park Strollers, Statues, Honeybees, Clerks, Vagrants, Buskers, Passersby, Customers, Kite Flyers, Chimney Sweeps, Policeman, Messenger.
Questions about auditions? Contact Managing Director Julia VanDyk at email@example.com.
This program is funded in part by local option tax funds provided by the City of Ames through the Commission on the Arts (COTA).