The Grand Opera House Announces Auditions for

Mary Poppins


The Grand Opera House will present Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, a musical based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film, Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert. B Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. 


PERFORMANCES: July 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 2019 @ 7:30PM and July 14, 21, 28, 2018 @ 2:00PM


Director/Choreographer: Alex Acevedo
Music Director: Kristen Eby

Saturday, May 4, 2019

11:00 am-Children
12:00 pm-4:00pm Adults

Sunday, May 5, 2019
5:00 pm-Children
6:00 pm-9:00pm Adults

Monday, May 6, 2019
Callback times TBD


Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter through the alley entrance located between Locust and Main.  When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor.  The rooms are right at the top of the stairs. 


Actors should prepare a 32 bar or 1 min cut of a musical theater song in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music in the correct key, an accompanist will be provided. It is possible you will be asked for a second song so please have a 2nd selection prepared if requested.  Actors will read from a selection of short sides provided on the day of auditions. 

All actors should be prepared to learn a basic movement combination at the initial audition.

*An advanced combination will be taught during callbacks for those being considered for major dancing roles including tap.


Actors wishing to audition but are unavailable to arrive at the start of the audition time should call the Grand Opera House business office at 563-588-4356 or email  to give an approximate arrival time.


Seeking Actors, Singers, and Dancers to Play:


Bert:  Charming, carefree song and dance man/Narrator. He is a jack of all trades with a quirky heart of gold. His youthful energy is matched with the wisdom of an old soul. Must tap well and be comfortable with heights. Vocal range top: F#4-Vocal range bottom: B2

Mary Poppins:  Nanny to the Banks children. Stern but nurturing, fun yet practical, and mysteriously familiar. Her charm relies heavily on a careful balance of these contradicting characteristics. She reminds us to cherish simple joys while navigating through the complexity of adulthood. Well mannered, polished and prideful. Must move/dance well and be comfortable with heights.  Vocal range top: C6-Vocal range bottom: Gb3

George Banks:  Man of the house and rather successful banker. Prideful and stubborn to a fault. He carries himself with a distinguished disposition while struggling with a household of chaos. His hard exterior shelters a sensitive and lonely inner child.  Vocal range top: Eb4-Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Winifred Banks:   Tender mother and dutiful wife. Carries herself with a precious and positive disposition while attempting to connect with the social elite. She struggles to find satisfaction in a life dedicated to the title of “MRS”. Should have great warmth and simplicity to her tone.  Vocal range top: D5-Vocal range bottom: A3

Jane:  10-11, older of the two Banks children. She is slightly more socially aware than her brother Although only a year or so older she has no problem asserting her authority. Vocal range top: F#5-Vocal range bottom: A3

Michael:  8-9, younger of the two banks children. He is a precocious and cheeky lad with a mischievous streak. Very much still the baby of the house he idolizes his father above all. Vocal range top: E5-Vocal range bottom: A3

Katie Nanna:  The fleeing former nanny to the banks children. At the end of her rope.

Policeman:  A respected neighborhood fixture.

Miss Lark:  The uppity next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were a child.

Admiral Boom:  A retired Royal Navy man and neighbor of the Banks family. He speaks Navy jargon in a booming voice and has a soft spot for his neighbor, Miss Lark.

Mrs. Brill:  Matronly overworked housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Her no-nonsense exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath. Vocal range top: D#5-Vocal range bottom: F#3

Robertson Ay:  The houseboy to the Banks family. A frantic tornado of good intentions. He just can’t get anything right. Vocal range top: G#4-Vocal range bottom: F3

Park Keeper:  Uniformed officer. His life is defined by rules and regulations but he secretly hankers after his childhood.

Neleus:  a park statue that magically comes to life and befriends the banks children. Must be a very strong dancer with ballet technique

Bird Woman:  Old street woman selling bags of crumbs to feed the birds. A grungy appearance and husky voice contrast with her lullaby of good will. Vocal range top: C5-Vocal range bottom: Gb3

Mrs. Corry:  Mature shop owner. She and her twin daughters run a “talk shop”, selling letters and forming whimsical new words.

Miss Andrew:  Advanced in years, George’s former nanny and Mary Poppins replacement. The most villainous character in our story. Her bullying presence brings a dark cloud over the banks house. Vocal range top: F5-Vocal range bottom: Gb3


Ensemble:  Queen Victoria, Bank Chairman, Miss Smythe, Von Hussler, John Northbrook, Annie, Fannie, Chimney Sweeps and Parkgoers


Actors unable to attend auditions may submit an audition video to  Video submissions should contain 2 contrasting 32 bars of vocal selection showcasing range. Those submitting for Bert or featured dancer/ensemble roles should include a demonstration of tap ability. Those being considered for principle roles may be asked to record additional materials provided by the artistic staff.   Video submissions must be received by 5:00pm Friday May 3rd 


Full Company rehearsals will begin May 20, 2019.

Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between May 20 and July 5, 2019.  Availability for dress/technical rehearsals July 5-11, 2019 and all performances is mandatory.  Rehearsals will typically run weeknights with some weekend days.


 About the Director:


Alex Acevedo, is a New York based director/choreographer/educator, known for a joyous energy matched with a rigorous work ethic and calm professionalism. His imaginative staging has been seen at The Lynn Redgrave Theater, The Cherry Lane Theater, The 13th Street Rep, Narrows Community Theater, The Hudson Guild Theater, The Times Square Arts Center and various regional theaters in California, New Jersey and Wisconsin. He enjoys staging dynamic, physically driven theater that is rooted in human connection. Producers, cast members and fellow artistic staff are often impressed by his ability to create an environment of community and collaboration where every voice is valued.