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Mary Poppins: The search for new Janes and Michaels


 Mary Poppins Mary Poppins will be holding children’s auditions to find new young actors to play the roles of Jane and Michael Banks for the Brisbane season. 
Auditions will take place in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne next month and all children selected must be prepared to tour and work in cities other than their home base. Rehearsals will begin in Sydney at the end of October 2011 and go through until December 2011, with performances commencing in Brisbane, January 2012.
Brisbane auditions from:Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 August Sydney auditions fromFriday 26 August – Sunday 28 August Melbourne auditions from:Tuesday 30 August- Thursday 1 September  The contract to be offered will require a minimum commitment in Australia of up to 6 months and successful children may be required to travel with a parent or guardian on the tour. It is also possible that children may be housed and looked after by the production, and the children will need to continue their educational requirements through Distance Education, under the guidance of a tutor employed by The Walt Disney Company.
It is vital that parents take all of these scenarios into consideration when deciding to submit their child for an audition. 

  • Children must be available across all audition dates in the city they are seen in should they be called back
  • Submissions must include date of birth (not age) and current height (in centimetres)
  • Birth certificates must be provided on the day of auditions
  • There is no flexibility on the age or height requirements due to legal and creative reasons

 All submissions should include:
One photoA brief resumeDate of Birth (not age)Height (in centimetres)AddressParent/guardian namesParent/guardian contact phone numberParent/guardian contact email address The deadline for submissions and hard copies of biog/headshots is Friday 12 August.  
Please post all submissions to: Mary Poppins, PO Box 123 Montmorency VIC 3094 
Jane Banks
Description: Pretty and attractive girl. Exuberant but wilful. Occasionally inclined to snobbishness. Must be able to sing well and dance. Jane is the older sister to Michael.
Height range: Must be between 125cm – 148cm.
Age range: 10 – 13 years old. Must be 10 years old as at 1 November 2011.
Michael Banks
Description: Cute and cheeky. Excitable. Naughty. Adores his Father and tries to be like him. Must be able to sing (voice can’t have broken) and have basic dance. Michael is the younger brother to Jane.
Height range: Must not be taller than 138cm.
Age range: 10 – 12 years old. Must be 10 years old as at 1 November 2011.
The company are prepared to see children who will turn 10 years old between 1 November 2011 and 30 April 2012, however this would be for the purpose of future recasting only – these children would not be eligible for the initial casting.


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