When: Sat 9/1 @ 1pm, Sun 9/2 @ 7pm; Show runs weekends 11/16-12/9.
Where: The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck (661 Rt. 308, Rhinebeck)
What to prepare: 16-32 bars of a song in your vocal range, preferably from the show. Bring sheet music if singing something that is not from the show. Be dressed and ready to move for a dance call. Please have your schedule ready and be prepared to list your conflicts.
RTS seeks a dynamic and diverse cast for this production. All ethnicities, types, and ages strongly encouraged to apply.
Questions: Contact director Ellen Honig at email@example.com
Cast breakdown below:
Mary Poppins (age range 20-40): Jane and Michael Banks's surprising nanny. She is magical, mysterious and exciting. 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.
Bert (age range 25-50 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 is a song-and-dance man.
George Banks (age range 35-55): The father to Jane and Michael Banks. He is stern with his wife and children. His emotional armor, however, conceals a sensitive soul.
Winifred Banks (age range 30-55): George's wife and Jane and Michael's mother. She tries to please her husband and be a good mother. She has been very unsuccessful in hiring the right Nanny for the children. Only wants to do what best for the family. She is a loving and warm presence.
Jane (age range 9-12): The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.
Michael (age range 6-9): 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.
Mrs. Brill (age range 30-65) 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.
Robertson Ay (age range 15-20) The houseboy to the Banks family. Awkward, stumbly but well meaning, he tries hard to be an asset to the family though he rarely succeeds. Funny. He doesn't do a lot of singing, but his "Spoonful" solo can be a fun surprise.
Bird Woman (age range 50-75): 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 to passersby, who ignore 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.
Bank Chairman (age range 50-60): The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. He can speak/sing his lines if necessary.
Miss Andrew: (age range 40-60) 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. The opposite of Mary Poppins.
Katie Nanna: Jane and Michael's nanny at the beginning of the show. The children are very naughty with her and she is determined to move out. The children don’t like her and she has no control over them.
Policeman: A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat.
Miss Lark: The next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if it were her child.
Willoughby: Miss Lark’s dog ( a role possibly played by a child)
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 Bloom doubles as the Banks Chairman, he can be a baritone.
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.
Neleus: The statue of a young boy posed with a dolphin in the park. Nelus agically comes alive when Mary Poppins enters the park. This role is a wonderful opportunity to feature one of our strong dancers in our ensemble.
Queen Victoria: A statue in the park. Also is animated by Mary Poppins.
Miss Smythe: The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary.
Von Hussler: A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal.
John Northbrook: An honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community.
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).
Ensemble: Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Parkgoers. Specifically seeking about 8 children to be a part of the chorus who will dance and sing.
Some of the character roles listed above will also participate in the park for "Lets Go Fly a Kite," and other ensemble pieces.
Adapted from https://www.mtishows.com/full-cast-info/853
This project is made possible, in part, through funding from Dutchess Tourism, administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.
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