FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 Contact: Lisa Joyce, 503-485-4300 ext. 20

UPDATED Oct. 8, 2105

Sept. 14, 2015                                                                                                

Pentacle Theatre to hold open auditions for winter fundraiser Mary Poppins

What:              Open auditions for Mary Poppins, a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film, with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert Sherman.

When:              Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

NEW LOCATION: Howard Street Charter School, 710 Howard St. SE, Salem OR 97302

Who:               Anyone and everyone, old and young! The show has a large cast consisting of numerous featured roles with speaking parts and solos, not to mention the familiar characters! The stage musical is different from the movie and includes many new roles.

Important:      Those auditioning are asked to please prepare one minute of a Broadway show song, not from the Mary Poppins musical or the Disney movie, and be ready to learn a short dance routine. There will be a piano accompanist and a CD player at the audition.  Please come prepared with music or a CD.  NO A CAPELLA SINGING WILL BE ALLOWED.

Callbacks:       Sunday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Callbacks will consist of reading from the script and auditioning dance and song selections from the show.

Read-through: Monday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m., with the entire cast at Pentacle Theatre’s rehearsal space, downstairs at 145 Liberty St. NE, in downtown Salem.

Show dates:     Jan. 8, 9 and 10, 2016.

Rehearsals:     Please bring a list of rehearsal conflicts for Oct. 19 through Jan. 10 with you to the audition. The director will create a rehearsal schedule based on the conflicts received at auditions. Audition forms are available on the Pentacle Theatre website: Audition forms will also be available at the theater on Oct. 17.

For more information: Contact the director, Deborah Johansen, at or 971-241-4912.


Casting Call:

Mary Poppins has more than 30 speaking parts including many featured roles with lines and solos:

Bert:                   Age 30-45, vocal range B-F sharp: Cockney accent/song and dance man/narrator of the story.

George Banks:   Age 35-50, vocal range B flat-E flat: No-nonsense, demands precision and order.

Winifred Banks: Age 30-45, vocal range A-D: Warm, sweet, nurturing.

Jane Banks:       Age 11 (will cast an actor who LOOKS 11-ish), vocal range A-F sharp: Precocious, willful, sings and dances.

Michael Banks: Age 9 (see above), vocal range A-E: Excitable, cheeky, naughty tendencies, sings and dances.

Mrs. Brill:          Age 40-60, vocal range F sharp-D sharp: Housekeeper and cook for family/strong singer.

Robertson Ay:   Age 20-30 vocal range F-G sharp: Houseboy to the family.

Mary Poppins:   Age 25-40, vocal range G-High C: Practically perfect in every way.

Miss Andrew:     Age 45-65, vocal range soprano with an alto belt: Overbearing and scary boyhood nanny of Mr. Banks.

Admiral Boom:  Age 45-65, neighbor to Banks, booming loud voice/speaking role.

Miss Lark:         Age 25-45, neighbor to Banks, speaking role.



Katie Nana


Park Keeper

Neleus (statue that comes alive and sings and dances)

Bank chairman

Miss Smythe

Von Hussler


Bird woman

Mrs. Corry





Mr. Punch

Glamorous Doll


The entire cast is part of a chorus as well as playing individual characters. There are chimney sweeps, townspeople in the park, officers and clerks of the bank that all double as other roles.

For a synopsis of the musical, go to the Music Theater International website at and enter Mary Poppins in the show category. Do not be surprised by the changes and additions compared to the movie!

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