AUDITION FAQ

How do auditions work?

Students have 1-2 minutes to sing a prepared song for the directing team. The team is usually the director, assistant director, musical director and sometimes the choreographer. You have just enough time to come in to the room introduce yourself, say the song you will perform and to sing your song. It is a good idea to have a recording of the song you will sing such as a karaoke track. You should bring that in to the room with you on a CD, ipod/MP3 player or cell phone. Parents are asked to wait in the waiting room as auditions are not open to observation.

What do I need/ What do I have to do for my audition?

Please come with your completed audition form

Prepare a song that shows off your voice. Something that can show the directing team your best. You will  also be asked to  fill out an audition form but you could bring a resume that lets us know what experience you have, if you don`t have any experience, that`s OK!. You can bring picture of yourself or a picture will be taken for casting purposes. You will also need to prepare a reading. The reading does not need to be memorized but it should be practiced.  Examples of songs and readings can be found under the song suggestions and readings tabs.

What are the requirements to audition?

You must meet the age requirement (8-20 years), you must be able to attend all rehearsals and the performance date. You have to audition to be considered for a role in the show. Singing is a requirement as the show is a musical. You want to be part of this show!

How many students usually audition?

Anywhere from 30-50 students usually audition.

If I audition, will I for sure get a part in the show?

We fortunately can let every person that auditions into the show. That may mean a lead, supporting, featured or chorus role. We will do our best to take these things into consideration when casting roles for the show.

Can I audition for a specific part?

Yes! you can share your interest in a certain part on your audition form. The directing team makes the final casting decisions.


Vocal AUDITION Pieces

You are able to choose any song you would like to audition with! It could be from a musical, a Christmas song or even a nursery rhyme. Choose a song that fits your voice and your abilities!

Fun song ideas for female roles:

Part of your world - The Little Mermaid

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - The Wizard of Oz

My Favorite Things - The Sound of Music

A Whole New World - Aladdin

Castle on a Cloud - Les Miserables

Poor Unfortunate Souls - The Little Mermaid

Fun song ideas for male roles:

One Step Closer - The Little Mermaid

Proud of Your Boy - Aladdin


Speaking AUDITION Pieces

View the Main Character List below and choose one or two characters you would be interested in auditioning for.

Choose their sample script below and bring it with you to the audition! (click on name to open script)

Mary Poppins

Bert

George Banks

Winifred Banks

Jane Banks

Michael Banks

Mrs. Brill

Robertson Ay

Mrs. Corey

Von Hussler

Character Breakdown

Bert

The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, Bert is a chimney sweep and a sidewalk artist, among many other occupations. With a twinkle in his eye and a skip in his step, Bert watches over the children and the goings-on around Cherry Tree Lane. He is a song-and-dance man with oodles of charm who is wise beyond his years. Cast your strongest male singer, dancer, and actor in this role. 

Gender: Male

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 and should be among your strongest male actors and singers. 

Gender: Male

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. Cast an actor who can portray a great warmth and depth of feeling. Winifred should have a pure vocal tone and be one of your stronger actors and singers.

Gender: Female

Jane Banks

The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Cast a wonderful actor and a strong singer who can take the audience on an emotional journey.  

Gender: Female

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. Michael should be a great actor and singer. Ideally, he reads onstage as younger than Jane.

Gender: Male

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. 

Gender: Female

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.” 

Gender: Male

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. 

Gender: Female

Ensemble Groups & Featured Roles

All ensembles require group singing; featured roles require either solo singing or solo acting, or both.

Ensemble & Featured Characters include:

Katie Nanna, Park Strollers, Statues, Neleus, Bird Woman, Honeybees, Clerks, Miss Smythe, Chariman, Von Hussler, John Northbrook, Vagrants, Buskers, Passerby, Mrs. Corry, Customers, Miss Andrew, Kite Flyers, Chimney Sweeps, Policeman and the Messenger.