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Youth Theatre Auditions

2019-2020 Season

AUDITIONS for “MARY POPPINS”

Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Directed by Scott Dunlap
Music Direction by Michael F Husmeman
Choreography by Lindsay Fussell

ABOUT AUDITIONS:
Auditions will be held September 23 and 24 @ 7pm at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, in the Circle Lobby.
Parking is free. Obtain a parking pass upon your arrival for our parking lot, adjacent to CTC.
You only need to come to one initial audition, either Monday or Tuesday. Please DO NOT come to both days.
You do not need to prepare anything. We do not need a headshot or resume.
Callbacks will be held on Thursday, September 26 at 7pm.
Auditions and callbacks should last about 3 hours, we will make every attempt to audition younger actors first.
Your picture may be taken as a part of the audition process. This helps track who has auditioned and gives us a record of proportions compared to other actors who are auditioning.
Be prepared to introduce yourself. You will say your name, age, as well as sing a portion of a song that will be taught you, as well a section of a dance that will be taught that day. Be able to project your voice. Speak slowly and clearly. Project confidence, be careful not to fidget.
Bring a list of conflicts with rehearsals. The conflict list should specify conflicts from the rehearsal start date until the date of the last show. You should have NO CONFLICTS during show performances or the week of rehearsals (“tech week”).
When you arrive, please make sure to read and/or listen to the audition instructions carefully. The audition registration form will be available on site.
Be prepared to wait. Audition process in a long process, all productions hit snags, delays, etc. Don’t complain, be patient. A part of your audition is how you behave when others have the spotlight. Each person is given enough time for the professional staff to make a casting decision.
Bottled water is permitted during the audition and in the backstage area. ABSOLUTELY, NO FOOD, GUM/CANDY, or DRINKS in the theatre or rehearsal space.
No mobile phones, electronic games, laptops, tablets, iPads, etc. These items must remain in your backpacks/ purses/bag with the ringer turned to silent and NOT on your person!!
Be prepared. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Listen to the Broadway and/or Film Score. Be familiar enough with the tunes and lyrics that you can quickly follow the directions given to learn specific notes or parts that the Musical Director might want you to sing.
If you are not called back, you may already be cast, and we saw everything we needed to at the initial audition. If you are called back, we will give you some sides (short parts of the script) to read with a partner. You will be able to look them over when you arrive.
Directors agonize many hours over the casting process to ensure that the best choices are made for their particular production, trust the professional staff to do what is best for this particular production.

ABOUT CONFLICTS:
Please be aware of any date you might have a conflict with our rehearsal schedule; for younger cast member it will be: Sundays through Fridays from 7-9pm and adult cast members will rehearse from Sundays through Fridays from 7-10pm. You will not be called for every rehearsal, these are just the potential times.
Rehearsals might begin as early as Friday, September 27 at 7pm, this totally depends on the availability of the cast.
We will most likely rehearse during HCDE Fall Break and other holidays like Columbus Day and Yom Kippur, so please let us know at the audition if you have a conflict with those dates. This doesn’t mean you can’t have conflicts with those days, it just means that we will still rehearse and you will be responsible for getting any information you might’ve missed.
Casting can depend on conflicts, if you miss too many rehearsals then we can’t help you prepare and it puts your fellow cast mates at a disadvantage as well. But let us be the judge of that, it never hurts to audition.
Be certain there are no conflicts with performances or tech week. “Tech Week” begins on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 1:30-9:30pm with a break for dinner. We continue to “tech” 6:30pm to 10:30pm from Monday, November 18 through Thursday, November 21, 2019. Children will be released early on these nights, but might be kept later than on regular rehearsal nights.
Please check with teachers and administrators to make sure that there isn’t some conflict with your child’s school.
When preparing your conflict list, include conflicts with sports, school activities, vacations, doctor appointments (avoid orthodontist appointments during tech and show weeks), birthday parties and other activities. Help your child decide which activities are priorities to him/her. Also, pay close attention to the “mandatory” rehearsal dates such as technical (tech) week rehearsals, school performances, dress rehearsal, and show days.
A full potential rehearsal/performance schedule can be obtained at the audition.

ABOUT REHEARSALS:
The theatre is a big commitment of time and energy.
When making the decision to participate in our program please be mindful of our schedule and the importance of rehearsals.
Please note that not everyone may be called for every rehearsal.
Actors will only be called when they are needed to work. When the actor is not called to rehearsal, it is expected that he or she will continue to practice his or her text and songs at home.
Attendance at ALL technical (tech) week rehearsals as well as ALL performances is mandatory. “Tech” involves actors and backstage crew, so it is vital that everyone participate.
Please note that three unexcused absences may result in the forfeiture of your or your child’s role.
All rehearsal schedules are made by the Director, Musical Director and Choreographer. These decisions are based on several factors such as cast and staff availability, space availability, progress made on scenes and blocking, etc. Each rehearsal builds on the next, so if one is missed, there will not be a “make-up” session.
A potential rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions, this isn’t definitive, because an actual rehearsal schedule is NOT made until we know your availability.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES:
MARY POPPINS will performed on the MAINSTAGE with PUBLIC PERFORMANCES on November 22, 23, 24, December 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2019 (Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm) and SCHOOL PERFORMANCES on December 10, 11, 12 at 9:30am. It will be double cast, with actors under the age of 18 rotating performances. The casts will be divided in “The TIP-TOP CAST” and “The SPIT-SPOT CAST.” Adults MUST be available for all the performances.
The PUBLIC PERFORMANCE Schedule is as follows:
November 22 at 8pm (Tip-Top)
November 23 at 2:30pm (Tip-Top)
November 23 at 8pm (Spit-Spot)
November 24 at 2:30pm (Spit-Spot)
December 5 at 7pm (Tip-Top)
December 6 at 8pm (Spit-Spot)
December 7 at 2:30pm (Spit-Spot)
December 7 at 8pm (Tip-Top)
December 8 at 2:30pm (Tip-Top)
December 12 at 7pm (Tip-Top)
December 13 at 8pm (Spit-Spot)
December 14 at 2:30pm (Spit-Spot)
December 14 at 8pm (Tip-Top)
December 15 at 2:30pm (Tip-Top)
December 19 at 7pm (Spit-Spot)
December 20 at 8pm (Tip-Top)
December 21 at 2:30pm (Tip-Top)
December 21 at 8pm (Spit-Spot)
December 22 at 2:30pm (Spit-Spot)

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
December 10 at 9:30am (Spit-Spot)
December 11 at 9:30am (Tip-Top)
December 12 at 9:30am (Spit-Spot)

ABOUT THE SHOW:
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time captures hearts in a whole new way … as a “practically perfect” musical for the stage. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film, MARY POPPINS has delighted audiences on Broadway, receiving nominations for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This full length musical, presented on the MainStage, blends moments from the beloved film and new updated elements from the Broadway production.

ABOUT THE ROLES:
11-13+ SPEAKING/FEATURED ROLES and 20+ ENSEMBLE
5+ MALE ROLES:
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.
Age: Flexible Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: B2

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.
Age: Older Adult Vocal range top: Eb4 Vocal range bottom: Bb2

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. This role will be double cast.
Age: 10 to 12 Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3

ROBERTSON AY~ The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless. Possibly double cast. (This role could also be played by a female.)
Age: Teen Vocal range top: G#4 Vocal range bottom: F3

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.
Age: Older Adult

BANK CHAIRMAN~ The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. Age: Older Adult Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: C3

6-8+ FEMALE 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.
Age: Flexible Vocal range top: C6 Vocal range bottom: Gb3

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.
Age: Older Adult Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

JANE~ The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. This role will be double cast.
Age: 11 to 13 Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: A3

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.
Age: Older Adult Vocal range top: D#5 Vocal range bottom: F#3

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.
Age: Older Adult Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Gb3

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.”
Age: Older Adult Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: Gb3

MRS. CORRY~ Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman who speaks with a Caribbean accent (or any accent that would make her seem exotic). This role might double with the Bird Woman.
Age: Flexible

MISS LARK~ The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if her were child. Can be any vocal range as needed. If Miss Lark doubles as Miss Andre, she can be a soprano with an alto belt.
Age: Older Adult

8 ADULTs (4 MALE & 4 FEMALE), 6-8 TEEN (3-4 MALE & 3-4 FEMALE, double cast) &
6-8 CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE (3-4 MALE & 3-4 FEMALE, double cast)
VON HUSSLER A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.
Male Role Age: Flexible
JOHN NORTHBROOK An honest business man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.
Male Role Age: Flexible
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.
Male Role Age: Teen
POLICEMAN A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat.
Male Role Age: Flexible
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 Role Age: Flexible
VALENTINE A stuffed clown doll belonging to Jane.
Male or Female Role. Age: Flexible
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 Role Age: Flexible
ANNIE and FANNIE Mrs. Corry’s daughters.
Female Roles Age: Flexible
MISS SMYTHE The Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.
Female Role Age: Flexible
TEDDY BEAR a stuffed bear, belonging to the children
Male or Female Role Age: Flexible
MR. PUNCH a Jack in the Box, belonging to the children
Male or Female Role Age: Flexible
DOLL a doll, belonging to the children
Female Role Age: Flexible
CHIMNEY SWEEPS, TOYS and PARKGOERS
Male or Female Ages: Flexible

F.A.Q.
“Where do I park?”
You can park in the lot right across from the Theatre Centre. It is FREE to park there, though you will need to PICK UP A PARKING PASS inside the CIRCLE LOBBY and place it in your car before you audition.

“There are two days of auditions, do I come to both?”
The short answer is: “no.” You can come to either Monday or Tuesday, whichever works best for you. Please don’t come to both audition days, it doesn’t help your chances of getting a role. However, the Callbacks for the show will be held on the Thursday immediately following the audition (September 26 at 7pm), so if you have a conflict with that day, please let us know at the audition.

“Is it okay to arrive at 7pm for the audition?”
Sort of. Yes, if you have to hurry from school and/or work to get here by 7pm; that is fine. Just be aware that there is an audition form that must be filled out before you can audition, so if you can arrive 15-30 minutes early, it would be less stressful for you and more helpful for us if you can have that done by 7pm.

“How old do I need to be to audition?”
The Youth Theatre is intended for students in grades 4 through 12, this is a “Co-Production,” which means Adults (those over 18) will portray the adult roles.
You must be in the 4th grade to audition, though many times young actors aren’t quite ready and more likely to be cast as 5th graders. We are committed to “non-traditional casting,” or “color-conscious casting” of ethnic minority actors in roles where race or ethnicity is not germane. Which means young actors of all races are encouraged to audition.

“Do I need to prepare a monologue or a song?”
No, we will teach you a short part of one of the songs and a section of the choreography at the audition. The attitude with which you learn these sections is just as important, if not more so, than the way your perform them. Behavior during the audition tells the professional staff a lot about what your behavior will be like during the rehearsal. If there is a scene we want you to read, we will provide that too. The only preparation necessary is that you have a list of ANY conflicts you might have with rehearsal. This is vital! We MUST know any days you will miss in ADVANCE of casting. Rehearsal for this show might begin as early as the Friday, September 27 and our normal rehearsal schedule will be Sundays through Fridays from 7-10pm.

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please email the Youth Theatre Director, Scott Dunlap at [email protected]

Hope to see you there!

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Youth Theatre Audition FAQ

“Where do I park?” 
You can park in the lot right across from the Theatre Centre. It is FREE to park there, though you will need to PICK UP A PARKING PASS inside the CIRCLE LOBBY and place it in your car before you audition.

“There are two days of auditions, do I come to both?”
The short answer is: “no.” You can come to either Monday or Tuesday, whichever works best for you. Please don’t come to both audition days, it doesn’t help your chances of getting a role. However, the Callbacks for the show will be held on the Thursday immediately following the audition (August 29 at 5pm), so if you have a conflict with that day, please let us know at the audition.

“Is it okay to arrive at 5pm for the audition?”
Sort of. Yes, if you have to hurry from school and/or work to get here by 5pm; that is fine. Just be aware that there is an audition form that must be filled out before you can audition, so if you can arrive 15-30 minutes early, it would be less stressful for you and more helpful for us if you can have that done by 5pm.

“How old do I need to be to audition?” 
The Youth Theatre is intended for students in grades 4 through 12.
It is recommended that you be in 4th grade to audition, though many times young actors aren’t quite ready and more likely to be cast as 5th graders. We are committed to “non-traditional casting,” or “color-conscious casting” of ethnic minority actors in roles where race or ethnicity is not germane. Which means young actors of all races are encouraged to audition.

“Do I need to prepare a monologue or a song?”
No, we will teach you a short part of one of the songs and a section of the choreography at the audition. The attitude with which you learn these sections is just as important, if not more so, than the way your perform them. Behavior during the audition tells the professional staff a lot about what your behavior will be like during the rehearsal. If there is a scene we want you to read, we will provide that too. The only preparation necessary is that you have a list of ANY conflicts you might have with rehearsal. This is vital! We MUST know any days you will miss in ADVANCE of casting.