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** Auditions **

 

 

Auditions

Disney’s Mary Poppins

 

Audition dates: Sunday, April 26 at 6:00 pm & Monday, April 27 at 7:00 pm

 

Location: Woodland Opera House, Main Theatre 

 

Please come prepared to sing 16-32 measures of a musical theatre song. Bring the sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. Dress to dance. A simple dance combination will be taught to all who audition.  A tap combination will be taught those who wish to be considered for the roles of Bert, Mary, Jane Banks, Michael Banks and the dance ensemble of  “Step in Time”. Bring tap shoes.

 

Performance dates: August 7 through August 30, 2015 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm

 

Directed and choreographed by Angela Baltezore.  Musical Direction by Lori Jarvey. Stage Manager is Lou Anderson and Assistant Stage Manager is Melissa Dahlberg.

 

Roles Available:

ADMIRAL BOOM

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 Boom doubles as the Bank Chairman, he can be a baritone.
Male, 50-60 yrs old
 

BANK CHAIRMAN

The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. He can speak/sing his lyrics if necessary.
Male, 50-60 yrs old
 
Range: C3 - D4
 

BERT

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.
Male, 30-39 yrs old
 
Range: B2 - F#4
 

BIRD WOMAN

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 for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs to passerby, who ignores 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.
Female, 50-60 yrs old
 
Range: Gb3 - C5
 

GEORGE BANKS

The 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. A baritone, George may speak-sing as necessary.
Male, 40-45 yrs old
 
Range: Bb2 - Eb4
 

JANE BANKS

The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.
Female, 11 yrs old
    Range: A3 - F#5 

JOHN NORTHBROOK

An honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.
Male, 30-50 yrs old
 

KATIE NANNA

Jane and Michael's nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.
Female, 30-40 yrs old
 

MARY POPPINS

Jane and Michael Banks’ 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. She can have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction is the key.
Female, 20-30 yrs old
 
Range: Gb3 - C6
 

MICHAEL BANKS

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, 9 yrs old
 
Range: A3 - E5
 

MISS ANDREW

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 the range.
Female, 40-60 yrs old
 
Range: Gb3 - F5
 

MISS LARK

The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child.
Female, 30-40 yrs old
 

MISS SMYTHE

The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary.
Female, 40-50 yrs old
 

MRS. BRILL

The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked and harassed, 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.
Female, 50-60 yrs old
 
Range: F#3 - D#5
 

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).
Female, 40-50 yrs old
 

NELEUS

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. This role is a wonderful opportunity to feature one of the strong dancers in your ensemble.
Male, 16-20 yrs old
 

PARK KEEPER

Uniformed and officious, he makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood.
Male, 40-60 yrs old
 

POLICEMAN

A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of the households on his beat.
Male, 30-50 yrs old
 

QUEEN VICTORIA

A statue in the park.
Female, 40-60 yrs old
 

ROBERTSON AY

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.
Male, 20-30 yrs old
 
Range: F3 - G#4
 

VON HUSSLER

A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.
Male, 30-50 yrs old
 

WINIFRED BANKS

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.
Female, 30-40 yrs old
 
Range: A3 - D5
 

ENSEMBLE

Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Parkgoers

 

 

 


"Into the Woods, Jr."

 

Sept. 18 to Oct. 4

Book by James Lapine

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed and Music Directed by James C. Glica-Hernandez

 

Into the Woods, Jr., is a one-hour adaptation of the combined stories of the Brothers Grimm, set to music by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim.   The characters are vibrant and endearing. Rehearsals start mid-July, 6:30pm - 9:00pm Mondays through Thursdays, and 6:00pm to 9:00pm on some Sundays.

 

Audition information:                                                  Audition Requirements:

Sunday, May 17 at  6:00PM                                        Prepare 16-32 bars of a piece with lyrics, music,

Monday, May 18 at 7:00 PM                                       or both by Stephen Sondheim, except from

                                                                                    Into the Woods;

Callbacks                                                                    

Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 PM                                       Ages between 11-18; 

Studio 415                                                                   May be cast as more than one character;

415 4th Street                                                              

Woodland, CA 95695                                                  A pianist will be provided.

 

Characters

 

 

BAKER

The Baker changes the most as a result of his journey through the woods. At first he is reluctant to seek the help of his wife. It is through the tribulations of gathering the Witch's items that the Baker realizes, in order to achieve his wish, it will take the help of his wife.

Ab3 - Eb5 

BAKER'S WIFE

The Baker's Wife is strong, determined, and patient. The audience should identify with her and root for a successful fulfillment of her wish.

Bb3 - D5 

 

 

 

CINDERELLA

Cinderella is at once beautiful, in a yet-to-be-discovered sort of way, and surprisingly clumsy and awkward. She persistently pursues her wish to go to the King's Festival, yet finds that "the Festival" ultimately does not meet her expectations.

A3 - D5 

CINDERELLA'S FATHER

This family is a bit off-beat at best. Cinderella's Father shows absolutely no interest in anything.

CINDERELLA'S MOTHER

This role is a one scene wonder. The voice should be pleasant. Cinderella's Mother is a collection of remembered mannerisms and sayings.

Bb3 - D5 

CINDERELLA'S STEPMOTHER

Cinderella's Stepmother mocks her, represents the interests of her birth daughters over Cinderella's basic needs, and is selfish, mean, and nasty.

G3 - D5 

FLORINDA and LUCINDA

Florinda and Lucinda are spoiled brats who will do anything to win the heart of the Prince -- even if it means sacrificing flesh from their bodies!

E4 - G4 

GRANNY

Good speaking voice, fiesty and fierce.

Non-singing 

JACK

Jack's own mother expresses her fear that Jack may not be the brightest boy. The fact that Jack's best friend is the family cow, Milky White, further brings into question his intelligence. However, Jack may enter the woods as a simple boy, but he leaves much more grown-up.

A3 - D5 

JACK'S MOTHER

This woman is overworked, a bit frazzled, and overwhelmed with the tasks of raising a young boy, running a farm, and making ends meet. Jack's Mother is described physically as "not quite pretty" and should be comfortable playing frumpy.

C4 - C5 

LITTLE RED RIDINGHOOD

Pushy, bratty, over-fed, and spoiled best describe this character at the opening of the show. Her journey teaches her some very important lessons regarding strangers and trust.

Bb3 - C5 

MILKY WHITE

Good part for young child, moves well

Non-singing 

MYSTERIOUS MAN

This role is all that the name implies.

Non-singing 

NARRATOR

This is the character who describes the action, but eventually gets involved.

 

G3 - B4 

RAPUNZEL

Rapunzel must stand up to her mother and eventually leave her for the world.

C4 - A5 

RAPUNZEL'S PRINCE CINDERELLA'S PRINCE

Pompous, conceited, and self-absorbed are the best ways to describe these brothers. They should be able to carry themselves with confidence that defies the Richter scale. They also have a bit of sibling rivalry!

Bb3 - Db5 

STEWARD

This servant to Cinderella's Prince is a nice featured role.

C4 - D5 

WITCH

The Witch begins the show as ugly, old, extremely aggressive, sarcastic, and powerful. Ultimately, she sacrifices her power for beauty. The Witch should be mysterious and mischievous, and yet we learn that she is really only doing what she thought was best for her child.

Bb3 - C5 

WOLF

The Wolf can be played any number of ways. However, he should be properly slimy and a bit creepy.

C4 - C5