PAPA is Hosting open Auditions for our June, July production of

Mary Poppins

March 16 1-4 PM and March 18th 6-8 PM

We will NOT be having Sunday auditions to attend Timothy’s memorial, please message us if this was your only available day!!

Welcome!

We are so excited that you are here, theatre is a community effort that needs all

kinds of people! There are usually a lot of questions that come with wanting to be a part

of a show. So we’re going to do our best to answer them right here! If you have any

additional questions to the ones answered below please feel free to email us at

info@papatheater.org or call us at (360) 244-0112.

When: Saturday March 16th and Monday March 18th! (Please contact us if you were hoping to attend on Sunday March 17th.)

Where: Fort Columbia Theater, Chinook Wa (On top of the tunnel)

Do I need to come both days? - No! Feel free to drop in any day and any time between the hours posted!

What will I be asked do? - You will be asked to read a short monologue, sing a song and do some simple movement.

What do I bring? - Feel free to bring yourself and a friend, and a song to sing! We will have monologues for you to choose and read from, unless you would like to bring your own family friendly one. Feel free to bring a song on a device or sing a cappella. (We will have an aux cord for phones and a CD player). If this intimidates you entirely, just bring yourself and a friend!

Who can audition? - The auditions are open, Mary Poppins requires a very diverse cast. Children are welcome and adults of all ages! (If you wondering if your child is old enough feel free to contact us directly). You do not need to be from a certain area or a member of PAPA to join in the fun!

Are any roles filled? - No! All roles are open and needed! There will be a special spot on the audition form if you want to make sure we know you would like to be Mary! Or Burt...or Mrs. Brill....or....a chimney sweep!

What if I can’t make auditions but still want to be in the show? - We are more than happy to accommodate private auditions. Preferably before the listed audition dates, just call the number above or shoot us an email at info@papatheater.org and we will fit you in!

Where are rehearsals? - Rehearsals will primarily be at Fort Columbia Theater in Chinook, WA. [We have shortened the length of how long we rehearse from previous years, and have added some handy helpful tools!]

When are rehearsals? - Rehearsals will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday late afternoon/evening and Saturdays from 10-2. You will not need to be at every rehearsal! We have done our best to cut up the script into small sections so your time will be used wisely. You will only need to come the days we are working on a scene you are in. Be prepared to be at all rehearsals starting in June. As by that point we need to be running through the show complete with costumes and everything! How much rehearsal time you have depends on what role you get as well. For example, Mary, Burt, and the kids will all need to be at more rehearsals then the chimney sweeps, the toys, Mrs. Brill and the chorus etc. There is a spot on the auditions for to say if your auditioning for a specific role so you can let us know your preference! (There is also a spot to give us your conflicts so we know ahead of time you can’t rehearse Wednesday for example, please do not be afraid if you can’t make a rehearsal day as we try our best to involve everyone!)

When do rehearsals start?- We would love for rehearsals to start Saturday April 13th, where we hope to do our first read through!

 When are performances? - We open the last weekend of June and close the last weekend of July. Friday, Saturday evening and Sunday matinee. Unless you are double cast you are needed at all performances. (We typically don’t rehearse between performances just weekends of fun!)

If there isn’t a good role for me, can I still help? - Yes! We would love for you to be apart of the family! We will need lots of help producing this show and there are many ways to be involved. Head on over to our ;Get Involved&; tab to see a sample of the opportunities!

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

MARY POPPINS: Jane and Michael Bank’s new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet very particular, and sometimes a little frightening but always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says.

Range: mezzo soprano

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. A charmer

Range: baritone

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.

Range: baritone

WINIFRED BANKS: George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother. A former actress, she is a 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 a 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.

Range: soprano

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

Range: soprano

MICHAEL BANKS: 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.

Range: tenor

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.

Range: alto

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.

Range: mezzo soprano

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ROBERTSON AY: The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy, and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless.

BANK CHAIRMAN: The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed.

BIRD WOMAN: Covered in a patchwork of old shawls and her pockets are stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She is a reflection of the hardships we endure.

Range: alto

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.

ADMIRAL BOOM: A retired Royal Navy man and neighbor of the Banks family.

POLICEMAN: A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of the households on his beat.

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.

MISS LARK: The snooty extravagant next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child.

JOHN NORTHBROOK: An honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community.

VON HUSSLER: A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal.

MRS. CORRY: Owns a magical shop. She is a mysterious woman full of mystical tricks and trades

MISS SMYTHE: The Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.

NELEUS: The statue of a young boy posed with a dolphin in the park. A small and lonely being, he is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael.

QUEEN VICTORIA: A statue in the park.

ENSEMBLE: Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch,Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys Park-goers. (possibly more characters may be added to the ensemble for specific numbers)

We would love to have you join us!

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