Mary Poppins Circle

CAMERON MACINTOSH AND DISNEY’S

MARY POPPINS JR

Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M Sherman & Robert B Sherman| Book by Julian Fellowes | Additional Music and Lyrics by George Styles & Anthony Drewe

Featuring students in grades 3-9*

*Some roles may be multi-cast and others may be played by performers outside 3-9 grade at discretion of the production team.

Featuring students in grades 3-9**Some roles may be multi-cast and others may be played by performers outside 3-9 grade at discretion of the production team.

CLICK HERE to reserve your audition slot for MARY POPPINS JR

AUDITIONS
Auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 6:30-9:30 PM at the Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Road, Rockville, MD 20850. Anyone not available to audition on Wednesday, September 5 2017 should email ovationstheatre@gmail.com to make alternative arrangements.

There is a non-refundable $150 tuition deposit payable at the time of audition that will be applied to your tuition balance. Please make checks payable to OVATIONS THEATRE. If you are NOT selected to be a member of the cast (which includes both a principal role or ensem- ble) the tuition deposit will be refunded.

CALLBACKS
Callbacks will be held on Friday, September 7, 2017 6:30-9:30 PM at the Pump House located at 401 S Horners Ln, Rockville, MD 20852.

TUITION
Tuition for DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS JR will be $950. There is limited financial aid and/or payment plan options available for this production. Those interested should contact ovationstheatre@gmail.com.

AUDITION INFO
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in and submit your completed paperwork. Please bring a current photo, resume and check payable to OVATIONS THEATRE in the amount of $150.00.

The cast list will be emailed by 4 PM on Saturday, September 8. Prospective cast members must email ovationstheatre@gmail.com indicating acceptance or rejection of their roles by 8PM on Saturday, September 8. Rehearsals will begin Sunday, September 9. Full tuition payment is required at the first rehearsal unless payment arrangements are made in advance with the Production Liaison at ovationstheatre@ gmail.com.

AUDITION PREPARATION
Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song. Please remember to bring sheet music copied in a three-ring binder; an accompanist will be provided. NO ACCAPELLA SINGING WILL BE ACCEPTED. Your selection should demonstrate both your vocal range and acting abilities.

CAST OF CHARACTERS
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Policeman and the Messenger The Policeman, a neighborhood patrol officer, and the Messenger, delivers a summons to George from the bank.

REHEARSALS
Rehearsals will primarily be held at Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Road, Rockville MD 20850. Rehearsals are generally held Sunday afternoons from 12:30-3:30pm and week nights from 6:30-9:30pm. Some rehearsals will be held at neighboring Rockville Community Centers and will be made clear once the full rehearsal schedule breakdown is sent out to the cast.

Sunday, September 9
Sunday, September 16
Sunday, September 23
Sunday, September 30

Sunday, October 7
Thursday, October 11
Sunday, October 14
Thursday, October 18
Sunday, October 21
Thursday, October 25
Sunday, October 28

Thursday, November 1
Sunday, November 4
Thursday, November 8
Sunday, November 11
Thursday, November 15
Sunday, November 18

Thursday, December 6
Sunday, December 9
Thursday, December 13
Sunday, December 16
Tuesday, December 18

Sunday, January 6
Tuesday, January 8
Thursday, January 10
Saturday, January 12 (10:00-4:00pm)
Sunday, January 13

TECH WEEK
Held at the Kreeger Auditorium at the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852.

Monday, January 14           5:00-9:00pm
Tuesday, January 15          5:00-9:00pm
Wednesday, January 16     5:00-9:00pm
Thursday, January 17         5:00-9:30pm (Extended time due to rehearsal photos)

PERFORMANCES
Held at the Kreeger Auditorium at the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852.

Friday, January 18           7:30pm Performance
Saturday, January 19         2:00&7:30pm Performances
Sunday, January 20           2:00pm Performance

CONFLICTS
Each cast member will be allowed a total of four conflicts.

Ovations Theatre reserves the right to change the theater venue or cancel the production before rehearsals begin for any reason, returning the audition fees.  Full payment of the tuition by all cast members will be due at the first rehearsal.


LES MISERABLES: SCHOOL EDITIONLes Miz circle

Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg | Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer

Featuring students in grades 8-12*

*Some roles may be multi-cast and others may be played by performers outside 8-12 grade at discretion of the production team.

CLICK HERE to reserve your audition slot for LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION

AUDITIONS
Auditions will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018 7:00-9:00 PM at the Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Road, Rockville, MD 20850. Anyone not available to audition on Wednesday should email ovationstheatre@gmail.com to make alternative arrangements.

There is a non-refundable $150 tuition deposit payable at the time of audition that will be applied to your tuition balance. Please make checks payable to OVATIONS THEATRE. If you are NOT selected to be a member of the cast (which includes both a principal role or ensem- ble) the tuition deposit will be refunded.

CALLBACKS
Callbacks will be held on Friday, September 14th, 2017 6:30-9:30 PM at the Pump House located at 401 S Horners Ln, Rockville, MD 20852.

TUITION
Tuition for LES MISERABLES: SCHOOL EDITION will be $950. There is limited financial aid and/or payment plan options available for this production. Those interested should contact ovationstheatre@gmail.com. 

AUDITION INFO
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in and submit your completed paperwork. Please bring a current photo, resume and check payable to OVATIONS THEATRE in the amount of $150.00.

The cast list will be emailed by 4 PM on Saturday, September 15th. Prospective cast members must email ovationstheatre@gmail.com indicating acceptance or rejection of their roles by 8PM on Saturday, September 15th. Rehearsals will begin Sunday, September 16th. Full tuition payment is required at the first rehearsal unless payment arrangements are made in advance with the Production Liaison at ovationstheatre@gmail.com.

AUDITION PREPARATION
Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song. Please remember to bring sheet music copied in a three-ring binder; an accompanist will be provided. NO ACCAPELLA SINGING WILL BE ACCEPTED. Your selection should demonstrate both your vocal range and acting abilities. Those auditioning for the roles of Fantine and Eponine will need both a mix and belt piece.

CAST OF CHARACTERS
Junior Company Roles
In addition to the listed characters, below we are looking for several JUNIOR COMPANY aged students to perform as part of Gavorche’s Gang. Tuition for Junior Company members chosen for Gavroche’s Gang ONLY is $475 with full tuition for those cast as Gavroche or Young Cosette .

Gavroche A Paris street urchin, Gavroche leaves home at an early age to fend for himself.  He is a happy-go-lucky child who enjoys the small pleasures of life and demonstrates unusual generosity toward those even less fortunate than he is.  He is fierce, brave, and loyal.  He plays a decisive role at the barricade. This role will be double cast.

Young Cosette Fantine’s six year old daughter who has been living with the Thenadier’s since the age of two.  Valjean adopts her after Fantineentrusts her to him on her deathbed.  Cosette has spent her childhood as a slave for the Thenadier’s, getting none of the money her mother has sent. We will be casting four actress’ to play the role Young Cosette.  Each student will perform one performance as Young Cosette and will either play Young Eponine and/or perform part of Gavroche’s Gang on their off night.

Gavroche’s Gang A gang of kids who follow their leader Gavroche around. Remember that Paris at this time would be full of orphans due to years of wars and revolutions. 

Senior Company Roles
FEMALE ROLES
Fantine An unfortunate woman, Fantine is a working-class girl who leaves her hometown to seek her fortune in Paris. She does everything she can to meet Thenadier’s demands for money for her daughter Cosette’s care.  After several misfortunes, she is forced to resort to prostitution.  She shows incredible bravery, love, and sacrifice, giving up everything she has for the sake of her daughter.

Cosette Fantine’s daughter (now 16) who lives as Valjean’s adopted daughter after her mother dies.   She is innocent and docile, but her participation in Valjean’s many escapes from the law show that she also possesses intelligence and bravery.

Eponine The Thenadier’s daughter, now 16.  Eponine is a wretched creature who helps her parents steal, but she is eventually redeemed by her love for Marius.  She proves that no one is beyond redemption, and she ultimately emerges as one of the story’s most tragic and heroic figures.

Madame Thenadier Thenadier’s wife. She is just as evil as her husband and takes special pleasure in abusing Cosette.  In later years, she becomes her husband’s most devoted accomplice and is particularly enthusiastic about his schemes to rob Valjean and Cosette.

MALE ROLES
Jean Valjean An ex-convict who leaves behind a life of hatred and deceit in order to earn the kindness and forgiveness offered him by the Bishop. His life is a quest for redemption.

Javert A police inspector who strictly believes in law and order and will stop at nothing to enforce the law.  He has a very black and white view of the world, in which there are only good people and bad people, and neither can change what they are.  Concepts like forgiveness and redemption are altogether foreign to him.

Marius The son of a colonel in Napoléon’s armyMarius grows up in the home of his grandfather, a monarchist.  A sheltered and innocent young man, Marius is capable of great things and manages both to fight on the barricades and successfully court the love of his life, Cosette.

Enjolras The leader of the ABC Cafe, Enjolras is a radical student revolutionary.  He is both wild and beautiful. He is a passionate believer in a better world, and he is willing to give everything, even his life, to achieve it.

Thenadier A thief, grave robber and scoundrel. His schemes range from fraud to murder, and he has strong ties to the criminal underworld in Paris.  Blinded by greed, Thenadier spends every minute of his life in pursuit of money.

Combeferre A philosopher and believer in peace. He is gentle, humane, strong, and brave.

Feuilly A worker who is a self-educated orphan. He is an affectionate, warm, and poetic believer in “nationality.”

Courfeyrac A youthful, passionate, and fearless student.

Joly An eccentric and light-hearted (although sometimes morbid) medical student. His name is derived from the English word “jolly.”

Prouvaire A kind, soft-spoken, and, at the right moments, strong and masterful poet and student of social studies.

Lesgles A cheerful, laughing-at-life (but unlucky) student. He is a close friend of Joly.

Grantaire The opposite of Enjolras. He believes in nothing. Although he admires Enjolras, he loves to mock him. Witty and drunken, Grantaire is happy being with the group, and they put up with him because of his good humor. He also keeps a watchful eye on Gavroche, the mascot of the group, and is the most heartbroken when Gavroche is killed. He is so devastated by Gavroche’s death that Grantaire abandons his cynicism and rushes to die on the barricade.

Other Featured Roles/Soloist include
The Chain Gang
Two Constables
The Bishop
Foreman
Factory Workers
Factory Girl
Prostitutes
Three Sailors
Bamatabois
Old Woman
Fauchelevant
Judge
Mistaken Jean Valjean And Family
Nuns
Brujon
Babet
Claquesous
Montparnasse
Wedding Guests

REHEARSALS
Rehearsals will primarily be held at Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Road, Rockville MD 20850. Rehearsals are generally Sunday afternoons 4:30-8:30pm and weeknight evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. Some rehearsals will be held at neighboring Rockville Community Centers and will be made clear once the full rehearsal schedule breakdown is sent out to the cast.

Sunday, September 16
Monday, September 17
Sunday, September 23
Monday, September 24
Sunday, September 30

Monday, October 1
Sunday, October 7
Monday, October 8
Sunday, October 14
Monday, October 15
Wednesday, October 17
Sunday, October 21
Monday, October 22
Wednesday, October 24
Sunday, October 28
Monday, October 29

Sunday, November 4
Monday, November 5
Wednesday, November 7
Sunday, November 11
Monday, November 12
Wednesday, November 14
Sunday, November 18
Monday, November 19
Wednesday, November 21
Saturday, November 24     10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, November 25
Monday, November 26
Tuesday, November 27 

TECH WEEK
Held at the Kreeger Auditorium at the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852.

Sunday, November 25         4:00-10:00
Monday, November 26         5:00-10:00
Tuesday, November 27        5:00-10:00
Wednesday, November 28      5:00-10:00
Thursday, November 29       5:00-10:30

PERFORMANCES
Held at the Kreeger Auditorium at the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852.

Friday, November 30          7:30pm Performance
Saturday, December 1         2:00&7:30pm Performance
Sunday, December 2           2:00pm Performance

CONFLICTS
Each cast member will be allowed a total of four conflicts.

Ovations Theatre reserves the right to change the theater venue or cancel the production before rehearsals begin for any reason, returning the audition fees.  Full payment of the tuition by all cast members will be due at the first rehearsal.


ANNOUNCING OUR 2018-2019 SEASON
Once again we at OVATIONS THEATRE have endeavored to create a season that will push the envelope artistically by immersing ourselves in thought-provoking theatre. In a time where elements in our society are trying to silence art, it is important to give our students not only a distraction from tough circumstances around them but also empower them with a voice- A voice that will be heard and celebrated. In addition to our fantastic season we are excited to share our newly formed JUNIOR COMPANY and SENIOR COMPANY. 


JUNIOR COMPANY SEASON | Grades 3-9

Mary Poppins CircleDISNEY & CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S MARY POPPINS JR

Auditions September 2018 | Performances January 18, 19 & 20, 2019

Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers. Practiclly Perfect for vetern perfomers and new alike; Mary Poppins Jr is sure to be a Jolly Holiday for OVATIONS students and audience!
 
OvationsWizardCircleHAROLD ARLEN & E.Y. HARBURG’S THE WIZARD OF OZ 
Auditions January 2019 | Performances April 19, 20 & 21, 2019
This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. This production is a celebration of that classic 1939 MGM film though presented with a refreshed and lavish rendition of the beloved classic. Audiences young and old, seeing it for the first time or the fifth, will be dazzled and charmed by its timeless score. Whether it creates new memories or conjures them up from the past, everyone deserves to experience or relive the wonderful, whimsical and enduring story, The Wizard of Oz: Young@Part.
 
SENIOR COMPANY SEASONGrades 8-12

Les Miz circleCLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG’S LES MISERABLES: SCHOOL EDITION

Auditions September 2018 | Performances November 30 – December 2, 2018
 

Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical – a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo’s novel and featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time. Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical – a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo’s novel and featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time.  Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world; young and old. This beautiful score’s powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made Les Misérables a popular masterpiece.

Little Shop CircleALAN MENKEN’S LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Auditions December 2018 | Performances March 1, 2 & 3, 2019

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors the charmingly tongue in cheek comedy provides the perfect   escape for OVATIONS audiences.   

HAIR CircleGALT MACDERMOT’S HAIR
Auditions March 2019 | Performances June 14, 15 & 16, 2019

It is not new for OVATIONS to bring shows to our young people that relate to what is actually going on in their lives. When students are being threatened and punished for speaking out for what is right, OVATIONS takes seriously the responsibility to provide a safe place where young people can hone their voice and actually be heard. Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, HAIR remains relevant as ever, as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.