MARY POPPINS – CHILDREN AUDITIONS

Published on 25th Jul, 2011

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Based on the beloved books by Australia’s P.L. Travers and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS will continue following its Sydney season to other Australian cities.

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Thomas Schumacher, for Disney Theatrical Productions, MARY POPPINS the stage musical features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who wrote the book, and the team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.

Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne. Set and costume designs are by Tony Award® winner Bob Crowley, co choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn and music supervision by Stephen Brooker.

Associate Director is James Powell, Associate Choreographer is Geoffrey Garratt, and Musical Director is Michael Tyack.

Based on the beloved books by Australia’s P.L. Travers and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS will

continue following its Sydney season to other Australian cities.

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Thomas Schumacher, for Disney Theatrical Productions, MARY POPPINS the

stage musical features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B.

Sherman.

The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by screenwriter Julian Fellowes,

who wrote the book, and the team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who composed new songs and additional

music and lyrics.

Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony®

and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne. Set and costume designs are by Tony Award® winner Bob Crowley, co choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William

David Brohn and music supervision by Stephen Brooker.

Associate Director is James Powell, Associate Choreographer is Geoffrey Garratt, and Musical Director is Michael Tyack.

AUDITION DATES

Brisbane Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 August

Sydney Friday 26 – Sunday 28 August

Melbourne Tuesday 30 August – Thursday 1 September

CHILDREN’S ROLES

JANE BANKS

Pretty and attractive girl. Exuberant but wilful. Occasionally inclined to snobbishness. Must be

able to sing well and dance. Jane is the older sister to Michael.

Height range: Must be between 125cm – 148cm.

Age range: 10 – 13 years old. Must be 10 years old as at 1 November 2011.

MICHAEL BANKS

Cute and cheeky. Excitable. Naughty. Adores his Father and tries to be like him. Must be able to

sing (voice can’t have broken) and have basic dance. Michael is the younger brother to Jane.

Height range: Must not be taller than 138cm.

Age range: 10 – 12 years old. Must be 10 years old as at 1 November 2011.

Please note:

We are prepared to see children who will turn 10 years old between 1 November 2011 and 30 April 2012, however this would be for the purpose of future recasting only – these children would not be eligible for the initial casting.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Children must be available across all audition dates in the city they are seen in should they be called back
  • Suggestions must include date of birth (not age) and current height (in centimetres)
  • PLEASE INCLUDE ON YOUR INFORMATION A CONTACT EMAIL, PHONE NUMBER AND PARENT/GARDIANS NAME
  • Birth certificates must be provided on the day of auditions
  • There is no flexibility on the age or height requirements due to legal and creative reasons
  • Rehearsals will begin in Sydney at the end of October 2011 and go through until December 2011
  • Performances will commence in Brisbane in January 2012

TOURING COMMITMENTS

  • All children selected must be prepared to tour and work in cities other than their homebase
  • The contract to be offered will require a minimum commitment in Australia of up to 6 months
  • It is possible that successful children will be required to travel with a parent or a guardian on this tour
  • It is also possible that children may be housed and looked after by the production
  • Children will need to continue their educational requirements through Distance Education, under the guidance of a tutor employed by The Walt Disney Company.

It is vital that parents take all of these scenarios into consideration when deciding to submit their child for an audition.

Please post all submissions to: Mary Poppins, PO Box 123 Montmorency VIC 3094

All submissions should include:

One photo

A brief resume

Date of Birth (not age)

Height (in centimetres)

Address

Parent/guardian names

Parent/guardian contact phone number

Parent/guardian contact email address

The deadline for submissions and hard copies of biog/headshots is Friday 12 August, 2011.

Comments

  1. avatar Posted by DARREN GEANY on July 10th, 2012 [Reply]

    Just thought I would enquire to see if there would be an oppurtunity for my son to audition for the role of Michael Banks which is touring New Zealand. Only just heard about it and was told auditions had already been held. Was interested and thought I would at least see if there was an opportunity.

    My son is 10 years old.

    Regards

    Darren Geany

    • avatar Posted by Stephanie Kavanagh on November 27th, 2012 [Reply]

      I really hate it when you miss auditions because sometimes the director won’t let it slip. I hope that your son gets the role

  2. avatar Posted by Stephanie Kavanagh on November 27th, 2012 [Reply]

    Hello, I’m Stephanie,
    I’m 12 years old and I was wondering whether I would have the chance to audition for Jane Banks. I have long brown hair, passed my shoulders. I do dance lessons weekly and I sing all the time. There is not one day I don’t sing. I am a member of starnow and audition for acting roles. I do not do drama lessons but, I can act and I am good at remembering lines. I know the whole ab-cirlcle pro ad off by heart.

    I hope you concider my offer 🙂
    Thanks Steph

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