Mary Poppins Auditions

 

Auditions are held in Studio B, Nashville Rep’s rehearsal hall at Nashville Public Television, 161 Rains Ave, 37203, one block from the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

 

AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Friday, November 1, 2019 - YOUTH auditions

7PM – 10PM Accompanist provided

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Saturday, November 2, 2019 - ADULT auditions

10AM – 2PM, 3PM – 6PM Accompanist provided

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - CALLBACKS

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Fill out the audition request form, located on the right of this page, or click here.

Be sure to fill out the form COMPLETELY.

If you cannot request an appointment via the online form, you may call (615) 349-3217. If leaving a voicemail message, be sure to mention any times you would be unavailable during the posted audition hours.

Online requests, voice messages, and phone calls will all be responded to equally, with equal access to appointment slots.  To assure this, be sure to provide complete information on the online form or in voicemail. 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING CONSIDERED FOR ONE OF THE AVAILABLE ACTING INTERNSHIP ROLES (see below), please indicate that where provided for on the form, or mention it if you are leaving a voicemail request.

PLEASE NOTE BEFORE REQUESTING AN APPOINTMENT

  • Saturday’s audition is for adult, professional actors, Equity or non-Equity.

    • (Internship roles for students are also available this season. See INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES below.)

  • You must be available to rehearse during daytime hours to be considered for a role.

    • (For internship candidates, see INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES below.)

  • You must be available for all performance dates to be considered for a role.

  • You must be available during the rehearsal and performance time-frame listed.

  • Equity Actors: Nashville Rep will operate Mary Poppins on an LOA-LORT with AEA.

NASHVILLE REP IS SEEKING LOCAL PERFORMERS, HOUSING IS NOT PROVIDED.

If you are unable to attend auditions in person, please follow this link to submit a video audition.  Video auditions must be submitted by midnight on October 28, 2019.


ON THE DAY OF YOUR AUDITION

Please prepare 1 or 2 monologues and 32 bars of a song together totaling no more than 3 minutes.  You will be cut off at three minutes, so please time your audition carefully.  Your time begins with the first word of your audition (whether spoken or sung).  Please bring sheet music in your key.  A capella singing will not be acceptable.

REMINDERS

  • Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time

  • Please bring current headshot/resumés for the director. If not already printed on the back of your headshot, please clip your resume to the back of your headshot, back to back.

  • PLEASE contact us if you are not going to be able to make your audition. There is always a waiting list, so please be considerate to other actors and let us know if you can’t make it. Email erica@nashvillerep.org, even if it’s the last minute.

Callbacks will be scheduled November 3rd. You will be notified by email or phone if you are needed at a callback. 

ROLES AVAILABLE FOR NASHVILLE REPERTORY THEATRE’S 2019-20 SEASON

All performances in the Polk Theatre, Tennessee Performing Arts Center. 

DISNEY and CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S MARY POPPINS, music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Anthony Drew, and George Stiles, book by Julian Fellowes. Polk Theatre. Director: Micah Shane Brewer. Will be present at auditions. Music Director: Rolin Mains Choreographer: Christie Zimmerman.

Rehearsals:  Mar. 2—Mar. 25, 2020.  Previews Mar. 26 & 27.  Runs: Mar. 28—Apr. 5, 2020. Anticipating 5 AEA contracts. 

Casting: 11 male, 11 female. Seeking actors of all races/ethnicities to audition for all roles.

Mary Poppins - Jane and Michael Banks's new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet 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.

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.

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.

Winifred Banks - George's wife and Jane and Michael's mother. A former actress, she is loving and distracted homemaker who is busy trying to live up to her husband's desire to obnly associate with "the best people" as well as be the 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 great warmth and simplicity to her tone.

Jane - The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.

Michael - 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.

And an ensemble of 16 (of which 6 will be intern positions) to play the remaining roles, including those listed below.

Katie Nanna - Jane and Micahel's nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.

Policeman - A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat.

Miss Lark - The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were 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.

Mrs. Brill - The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked and harrassed, 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 - 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.

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. 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. 

Queen Victoria - A statue in the park.

Bank Chairman - The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. He can speak/sing his lines if necessary.

Miss Smythe - The Bank Chairman's humorless secretary.

Von Hussler - A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.

John Northbrook - An honest business man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.

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 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.

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).

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 range.

INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING CONSIDERED FOR AN INTERNSHIP ROLE, PLEASE BE SURE TO MENTION IT WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT AND INDICATE IT ON YOUR AUDITION FORM.

If you are a college or advanced high school theatre student interested in gaining experience with a professional production, this audition is open to you.  Typically, during rehearsals we commit to working around a student actor’s class schedule until Tech rehearsals, when the student will need to be able to miss class for the last 3-4 days before the first preview.  The student actor will be required to be at all performances, and will be expected to take on the same responsibilities as any actor in the show:  learning lines, music, being on time, and being a full participant in the collaborative process.  It’s a great chance to work with Nashville’s best actors, and learn how a professional company puts a show together.

FULL AND FAIR CASTING CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO ETHNIC MINORITIES, WOMEN, SENIORS, AND ACTORS WITH DISABILITIES.  PERFORMERS OF ALL RACES AND ETHNICITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION.


 
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