SHOW SYNOPSIS

 

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 is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior 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 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."

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers, with a fun, large ensemble and many supporting roles

Roles:  

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.

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. Should be a strong singer. 

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. She should portray a great warmth and depth of feeling. Winifred should have a pure vocal tone.

Jane Banks: The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness. She is a strong singer.  

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.

Robertson Ay: The houseboy to the Banks family. Forgetful and clumsy, he often bungles simple tasks. He should be a good comedic actor. Note: his last name is pronounced like “eye.” 

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. Precision and diction are key. 

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. She’s 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.

Ensemble Groups & Featured Roles

Katie Nanna: Jane and Michael’s Nanny at the beginning of the show. She has had more than enough of the Banks children.

Park Strollers/Kite Flyers: Citizens of London that go from drab and dreary to bright and cheerful when they are swept up in Mary’s Poppins’s adventures.

Neleus (Solo): Neleus is a statue who, once brought to life by Mary Poppins, is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael. 

Statues: Thanks to Mary Poppins, these works of art come to life and dance with Bert and the Park Strollers.

Bird Woman (Solo): 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 summoned by Mary Poppins to help teach the children the benefits “A Spoonful of Sugar”.

Clerks: Employees at the bank, should have good singing voices and be able to convey wry humor.

Miss Smythe: The bank chairman’s humorless secretary.

Chairman: Chairman, the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed shirt.

Von Hussler: A business man seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. Should be an actor who can command the stage with pomposity.

John Northbrook (Solo): An honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for the community. Should be a solid singer.

Vagrants, Buskers, and Passerby: Citizens on the streets of London. The directors have ideas for lots of different personalities and featured parts in this group, like a one man band, street performers etc.

Customers: Bright, Cheerful citizens of London enjoying Mrs. Corry’s shop in Supercalifragilistic Expialidocious.

Chimney Sweeps: 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.  These include Sweeps 1-4 who have solos.

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