On Sale to FlexTix & SCOOPS – November 11, 2024
On Sale to the Public – November 18, 2024

Practical Perfection!

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins continues to capture hearts around the world!

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Opens: Thursday, DECEMBER 5, 2024
Closes: Sunday, DECEMBER 8, 2024
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse,
on the campus of Centenary College

Music & Lyrics | ROBERT B. SHERMAN & RICHARD M. SHERMAN
Book | JULIAN FELLOWES
New Songs and Additional Music & Lyrics | GEORGE STILES & ANTHONY DREWE
Co-Creator | CAMERON MACKINTOSH
A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film

Schedule:
THURSDAY & FRIDAY | DECEMBER 5 & 6 | 6:00PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY | DECEMBER 7 & 8 | 2:00PM

Tickets: On Sale to the Public – November 11, 2024
All Tickets: $15.

Direction | JARED WATSON
Choreography | KAITLYN BROWN
Musical Direction | LIESL CRUZ
Scenic Design | SETH TAYLOR
Lighting Design | SAMUEL COPELAND
Costume Design | ANNE BYRD
Sound Design | BARRY BUTLER

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.mtishows.com

2024 FALL PRODUCTION CLASS
Mary Poppins (Junior Edition)
ENROLLMENT (grades 3-12) & TIMELINE

Enroll Now (open August 26 – September 6, or until we reach capacity)

ENROLLMENT INFO |
Who: Any student currently in 3rd-12th grade is invited to enroll, regardless of experience level. We encourage you to enroll early, as we are expecting to reach capacity quickly, and a wait-list will be implemented once all spots are filled. All students who are wait-listed will be given the opportunity to audition. NOTE: Students enrolled in our skill-based Triple Threat classes enjoy the perk of enrolling prior to the general public, so space will be extremely limited.

How: Starting Monday, August 26, Enroll HERE any time through Friday, September 6, 2024, or until we reach our maximum capacity, whichever happens first. Once we receive your online enrollment, you will receive an invoice for tuition via email. Upon payment, your enrollment will be considered complete, and you will receive an email confirmation with more details. NOTE: Audition information is only available to enrolled & waitlisted students. You will receive those details in your confirmation email once we receive your tuition payment.

Where: All rehearsals will take place at Stage Center Studios at Grace, 9400 Ellerbe Road, until we move to Marjorie Lyons Playhouse to perform.

Cost: For grades 6-12 – $300.00 tuition, For grades 3-5 – $160.00 tuition due no later than September 6, 2024. Payment options & scholarships may be available – Contact us for more information. (One Official Show T-Shirt is included with tuition. There is a $100.00/pp costume fee. Each family will be responsible for buying or selling one program ad to celebrate and congratulate your child or business/event for $75.00. There will be digital and limited paper copies available.)

IMPORTANT NOTE ON OUR CORE VALUES: Before enrolling in our production class, please consider the following…
**You are agreeing to commit your child to the class’s production and schedule. At Stage Center’s SoPA we believe that a good process begets a good product. Every enrolled student will be required to audition as a part of this process. The audition is for the instructors to assess each student’s skill-level and vocal/physical type so that they can be placed in the role that best serves the production and our educational goals. We do not cast based on seniority within the company, nor do we pre-cast any role on student productions. The cast list will be posted at the start of rehearsals. All students interested in our production classes are taught to show up with open minds and hearts, eager to have a life-enriching experience. We are not interested in working with students and families who are only seeking leading or featured roles. We teach that theater is about an ensemble coming together to tell a story, and every person involved has a vital role for it’s success. We allow each student to submit two absences during contract provided they are approved prior to the first class, and do not fall within two weeks of performances, OR the audition and cast meeting. We ask that you check below for dates and times before enrolling, so that the rehearsal schedule can be thoughtfully made with no last-minute hiccups/absences. If you are unsure about some conflicts with our schedule, please feel free to ask us so we can help you decide if it’s realistically something you have the time to make such a big commitment. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED TO STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW AFTER COMPLETING ENROLLMENT. A $30.00 late fee will be added to any invoice not paid by the due date.

A detailed schedule/call sheet will be issued no later than Saturday, September 14.
Two conflicts are allowed during contract only if submitted by the deadline of Thursday, September 12.
NO CONFLICTS are allowed for the audition, cast meeting, or within two weeks of performances (this includes November 21 & November 23 thru December 1.)

Enrollment & Timeline information

OPEN ENROLLMENT** | Monday, August 26 – Friday, September 6, 2024 (or until we reach capacity)
**Enrollment will be capped once we reach our threshold, so sign up early! NOTE: Students enrolled in our skills-based Triple Threat classes are given priority access to enroll in our production classes. All students who are wait-listed will be given the opportunity to audition.

WEEK ONE (No Conflicts Allowed)
THU, September 12 | Audition workshop for enrolled & wait-listed students/Conflicts Due ~ 5:00-5:30 (grades 3-5) | 5:30 (grades 6-12) – NO CONFLICTS
SAT, September 14 | 2:00-3:30 (Cast Meeting/Read-through), 3:30-4:00 (Mandatory New Parent Orientation/Addt’l T-shirt orders/Costume Fee due) – NO CONFLICTS

WEEK TWO
THU, September 19 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, September 21 – 2:00pm-5:00pm

WEEK THREE
THU, September 26 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, September 28 – 2:00pm-5:00pm

WEEK FOUR
THU, October 3 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, October 5 – OFF for Fall Break

WEEK FIVE
THU, October 10 – OFF for Fall Break
SAT, October 12 – 2:00pm-5:00pm

WEEK SIX
THU, October 17 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, October 19– 2:00pm-5:00pm

WEEK SEVEN
THU, October 24 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, October 26 – 2:00pm-5:00pm

WEEK EIGHT
THU, October 31 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, November 2 – 2:00pm-5:00pm

WEEK NINE 
THU, November 7 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, November 9 – 2:00pm-5:00pm

WEEK TEN
THU, November 14 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, November 16 – 2:00pm-5:00pm (Program Ads/Payment Due)

WEEK ELEVEN (No Conflicts Allowed)
THU, November 21 – 5:00pm-7:00pm (No Conflicts)
SAT, November 23 – OFF FOR THANKSGIVING
THU, November 28 – OFF FOR THANKSGIVING
SAT, November 30 – 2:00pm-5:00pm (No Conflicts)+ SCOOPS ANNUAL MEETING at 12:30, and VENUE ORIENTATION at 1:30
SUN, December 1 – 4:00pm-7:00pm (Tech I – No Conflicts)

WEEK TWELVE (Production Week – No Conflicts Allowed)
MON, December 2 | 4:00pm-7:00pm (Tech II – No Conflicts)
TUE, December 3 | 5:00 PM CALL, 6:00 PM GO (Dress I – No Conflicts)
WED, December 4 | 5:00 PM CALL, 6:00 PM GO (Final Dress/ SCOOPS Sneak Peak)
THU, December 5 | 5:00 Call, 6:00 Go (Perf. #1 – No Conflicts)
FRI, December 6 |  8:00 AM Call (School Field Trip Sneak Peek) | 5:00 Call, 6:00 Go (Perf. #2 – No Conflicts)
SAT, December 7 | 1:00 Call, 2:00 Go (Perf. #3)
SUN, December 8 | 1:00 Call, 2:00 Go (Perf. #4 – No Conflicts)
+STRIKE/LOAD-OUT (Mandatory for all cast/crew members, and volunteer help is requested. Everyone should plan to be there from 3:30-7:30, or until we finish, whichever happens first)

 

 

“Magical! A roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!” — New York Daily News

“Irresistible! Broadway has found a fresh fountain of youth that will make many a grown-up feel like a kid again.” — USA Today

 

MARY POPPINS CAST

Auditions are held only for students enrolled in our Fall Production Class.
Enrollment opens for students in our Triple Threat classes on August 19, 2024.
Enrollment opens to the public on August 26, 2024 (space allowing).

Bert
The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, Bert is a chimney sweep and a sidewalk artist, among many other occupations. With a twinkle in his eye and a skip in his step, Bert watches over the children and the goings-on around Cherry Tree Lane. He is a song-and-dance man with oodles of charm who is wise beyond his years. Cast your strongest male singer, dancer, and actor in this role. Gender: Male| Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: B2

George Banks
Husband to Winifred and father to Jane and Michael, is a banker to the very fiber of his being. Demanding “precision and order” in his household, he is a pip-and-slippers man who doesn’t have much to do with his children and believes that Miss Andrew, his cruel, strict childhood nanny, gave him the perfect upbringing. George’s emotional armor, however off-putting, conceals a sensitive soul. A baritone, George may speak-sing as necessary and should be among your strongest male actors and singers. Gender: Male | Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Winifred Banks
George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother. She is a loving homemaker who is busy trying to live up to her husband’s social aspirations while striving to be a model wife and mother. Cast an actor who can portray a great warmth and depth of feeling. Winifred should have a pure vocal tone and be one of your stronger actors and singers. Gender: Female | Vocal range top: Eb5, Vocal range bottom: A3

Jane Banks
The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. Cast a wonderful actor and a strong singer who can take the audience on an emotional journey. Gender: Female | Vocal range top: Eb5, Vocal range bottom: A3

Michael Banks
The cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and longs desperately for his attention. Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents. Michael should be a great actor and singer. Ideally, he reads onstage as younger than Jane. Gender: Male | Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: A3

Mrs. Brill
The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed. Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath. She does not have to be a strong singer, but she should be a solid actor. Gender: Female

Robertson Ay
The houseboy to the Banks family. Forgetful and clumsy, he often bungles simple tasks. He doesn’t do a lot of singing, but he should be a good comedic actor. Note: his last name is pronounced like “eye.” Gender: Male

Mary Poppins
Jane and Michael Banks’s new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet very particular, and sometimes a little frightening, but she is always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says. The role calls for an excellent singer and actor who should be able to move well. Since she carries a majority of the show, precision and diction are key. Gender: Female | Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: G3

Katie Nanna
Katie Nanna is Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children. This role is perfect for a performer who is not quite ready for a larger role. Gender: Female

Park Strollers
The Park Strollers are citizens of London who go from drab and dreary to bright and colorful as they get swept up in Mary Poppins’s adventures in the park. Gender: Any

Statues
The Statues are stone sculptures. Thanks to Mary Poppins, these works of art come alive and dance with Bert and the Park Strollers. Gender: Any

Neleus
Neleus is a statue who, once brought to life by Mary Poppins, is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael. This role is a wonderful opportunity to feature one of the strong dancers in your ensemble. Gender: Any | Vocal range top: Eb5, Vocal range bottom: Bb4

Bird Woman
The Bird Woman is covered in a patchwork of old shawls, her pockets stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell the crumbs to Passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. While she should be a good singer, there can be a gruff, folksy quality to her voice that reflects the difficulties of her situation. Gender: Female | Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: G3

Honeybees
The Honeybees are conjured by Mary Poppins to help teach the children the benefits of “A Spoonful of Sugar.” These roles require good movers who can sing. Gender: Any

Clerks
The Clerks, like George, are employees at the bank. These roles require actors who can sing. Gender: Any

Miss Smythe
Miss Smythe is the bank Chairman’s humorless secretary. This smaller role is great for a performer who is new to the stage. Gender: Female

Chairman
Chairman, the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed shirt. He does not need to be a strong singer, but he should be a good actor with great stage presence. Gender: Male

Von Hussler
Von Hussler is a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. This is a great character role for a fantastic actor who can command the stage with pomposity. Gender: Male

John Northbrook
John Northbrook is an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. This is a great role for a good actor and solid singer who may not be ready to tackle a large part. Gender: Male | Vocal range top: D4, Vocal range bottom: C3

Vagrants, Buskers, and Passerby
Vagrants, Buskers, and Passerby are citizens of London passing by the cathedral during “Feed the Birds.” They can also be play the Park Strollers earlier in the show. Gender: Any

Mrs. Corry
Mrs. Corry owns a magical Talking Shop. She is a mysterious woman of indeterminate age, but has plenty of spirit and is sharp as a tack. Cast an excellent actor who’s not afraid to be over the top in this fun role. Gender: Female | Vocal range bottom: C#4

Customers
The Customers are bright, colorful British citizens visiting Mrs. Corry’s Talking Shop. This group can be the same Park Strollers and Passersby from before. Gender: Any

Miss Andrew
Miss Andrew is George’s overbearing and scary childhood 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. Cast one of your stronger singers in this featured role. Gender: Female | Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: G#3

Kite Flyers
Kite Flyers consist of families flying kites in the park. They can also be comprised of the same ensemble members as the Park Strollers, the Passersby, and Mrs. Corry’s Customers. Gender: Any

Chimney Sweeps
Chimney Sweeps (including Sweep 1,
 Sweep 2, Sweep 3, and Sweep 4) are Bert’s cheerful, friendly, and agile friends who keep London’s chimneys in working order. These actors should be great dancers and good singers, capable of bringing the show-stopping number “Step In Time” to life. Gender: Any

Policeman and the Messenger
The Policeman, a neighborhood patrol officer, and the Messenger, who delivers a summons to George from the bank, are great roles for students new to the stage that might not be ready for a large role. Gender: Any

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