Open Auditions for National Youth Theater’s Mary Poppins
National Youth Theater (NYT) announces auditions for Mary Poppins, a practically perfect musical based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film. Auditions for this production are open to ages 8 to 19 and will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 at Wildwood United Methodist Church in Magnolia.
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way! Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many nannies packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family 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 she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
Auditions will be held Friday, September 6 with callbacks on Saturday, September 7. Auditions, callbacks, and rehearsals will be held at Wildwood United Methodist Church located at 8911 Farm to Market Road 1488 in Magnolia. Rehearsals begin September 13, with eight performances taking place November 8-10. The directorial team includes director Aimee Bowles, assistant director Holly Jasso, vocal director David Horn, and choreographer Alex Spencer.
Those auditioning should prepare a musical theater song, 16-32 bars or one minute in length; or a combination of song and monologue, one minute in lenth total. Dance may also be included is so inclined. Bring an accompaniment on your iPad, iPod, or Smartphone to sing with. To audition for Mary Poppins, please register online at nationalyouththeater.org. Once you have signed-up, you will be able to select an audition time.
Audition Preparation Workshop will be held on Saturday, August 24 at Lone Star College Tomball. The workshop is broken into two age groups: ages 8-12 will be 10 a.m.-noon, and ages 13-19 will be noon-2 p.m. Participants will be instructed on how to properly present themselves in a monologue, how to choose the correct song which compliments their voice, how and when to prepare for their audition, and more. Cost is just $10; $25 max per family. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit nationalyouththeater.org.