Nashville Repertory Theatre
Call Type: EPA
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.
Casting personnel in attendance:
Micah Shane Brewer, Director, Rolin Mains, Music
Director, Christie Zimmerman, Drew Ogle, Executive Director, Erica Jo Lloyd, Artistic Associate
Rehearsals: Mar. 5—Mar. 25, 2020.
Previews Mar. 26 & 27.
Runs: Mar. 28—Apr. 5, 2020.
Callbacks will be held between November 3rd.
Equity Stage Managers are not being sought at this time, however stage managers may send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.
Equity adult actors 18+ for various youth roles. See breakdown.
Local Nashville area actors particularly encouraged to attend.
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 only 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 Michael'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 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 - 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.
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. www.nashvillerep.org
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Nashville Public Television
161 Rains Ave
Nashville, TN 37203-5330
Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Break 2 to 3.
Bring current headshot/resumé for the director. Please prepare 1 or 2 monologues and up to 32 bars of a song, together totaling no more than three (3) minutes. Please bring sheet music in your key. Accompanist provided. No dancing will be required at this audition, however dancing may be required at callbacks