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auditions January 2nd, 3rd and 4th

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Mary Poppins is a production of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious proportions! When a posting is made for a nanny to look after Jane and Michael Banks, Mary Poppins wastes no time in seeing that she is hired for the job. With Mary, and a bit of imagination, boring tasks become joyful games, spoiled children gain manners, and the Banks family learns what it means to share their trials and look after one-another.

 

Mary Poppins runs approximately 2.5 hours with a 15 minute intermission and is most enjoyed by ages 6 -adult. Performances will be held at the Lakeville Area Arts Center (20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044)

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audition registration

important:

Please read all information below before registering for an audition time. If you have specific questions, please email us at info@castleco.org.

In-person auditions for CCT's production of Willy Wonka are now full. If you wish to submit a video audition, please follow the instructions below. Video auditions MUST be received by CCT no later than Sun. Jan. 8 at 11:59pm (no exceptions, including technology errors). Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Qualifications to Submit a Video Audition

In order to qualify to submit a video audition for Willy Wonka, actors must either be 10 years of age (or older) OR be a returning CCT actor who is age 5+ and who has participated in a past CCT production or class. If you are unable to audition for this production, please keep an eye out for CCT's May auditions for Disney's The Little Mermaid. May auditions will have more available slots and a wait list for actors who are unable to secure an in-person registration.

 

How to Submit a Video Audition

 

1.) Download the Acting Audition Form, Conflict Calendar, and Singing Audition Form by clicking HERE. Make sure to fill out the forms completely, especially the conflict calendar. If you do not have conflicts, please write, "none" on the conflict calendar. You will need to attach all forms to your email audition in order to be considered for the show.

 

2.) For your singing audition, please record yourself singing approx. 32 measures (or 30 seconds) of a song of your choosing. PLEASE do not sing a complete song. The song can be as simple as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, a song from a musical theater production, or another song you enjoy. We recommend recording your singing audition and acting audition separately. You can perform the song in one of the following ways; 

 

Singing Acapella: This means singing the song without accompaniment. We recommend this option for actors who are new to theater/choir, actors aged 10 and under, and for those who don't want to bother with finding accompaniment. (Most actors auditioning will choose this method.)

Sing with a Backing Track: This means singing the song with recorded accompaniment. The backing track should be instrumentation only and not include singing on it. (Try searching for karaoke track with the name of your song, if you are looking for a track on YouTube.)

Sing with Accompaniment: This means singing the song while someone accompanies you on piano. Do NOT choose this method unless you (or someone you know) is VERY confident on piano.

3.) For your acting audition, please record yourself doing ONE of the following auditions. Actors auditioning in-person will not get time to practice, so don't worry about making your acting audition perfect. Simply take a few moments to think about what you'd like to do and then record the audition - don't overthink it :) This audition should only be 20-60 seconds once filmed. If it's easier for you to add a couple lines or words while counting that is ok, but you only need to say the numbers and should not add more than three lines (if you choose to do so).

 

If you are helping a younger actor audition, you can simply explain the rules, choose one of the options below, and ask them to perform it - no prep needed!

Option 1: Please count from one to ten. At one, pretend you are opening a gift, at ten, pretend you are throwing a temper tantrum. 

Option 2: Please count from one to ten. At one, pretend you are doting (supportive) parent, at ten, pretend you are a mad scientist. 

Option 3: Please count from one to ten. At one, pretend you are a bird flying in the sky, at ten, pretend you are a scary dinosaur.

4.) Once you have recorded all parts of your audition and filled out the forms, please send an email to info@castleco.org with the subject line Video Audition - [Your Name]

Be sure to attach the following;

- Audition Forms (including the singing form, acting form and calendar)

- Acting Audition Video

- Singing Audition Video

If the directors would like to call you back to read and/or sing for a specific role, you will receive an email by the afternoon of Mon. Jan. 12 with additional info and call times. Most actors who are cast in the production will NOT receive a callback email. Please keep in mind that if CCT is unable to cast everyone who auditions from a certain age group, priority for ensemble roles will be given to actors with the fewest conflicts and those who are auditioning in-person.

 

The cast list will be posted no later than midnight on Sun. Jan. 15, at www.castleco.org (on the Auditions page) and will include the names of the actors who have been cast and the roles they have been cast in. We will try our best to send an email to all who submit a video audition to let them know when the list has been posted, but it is best to check yourself as we cannot guarantee we won't miss someone.

 

*Please note that, currently, there are 240 actors registered to audition (not including video auditions). CCT intends to cast approx. 150 actors in the production (most will be cast in ensemble roles). If we are unable to cast you in this production, please audition in the future! CCT's next audition opportunity will be in May for Disney's The Little Mermaid, which will include a cast of 150-200 actors.

 

We know this is a lot of information to digest, and we appreciate you taking the time to read through it! If you have any questions, please email CCT's Artistic Director, Kayla Yaeger at info@castleco.org

audition info

Audition Dates, Ages and Cast Size

Auditions will be held at the Lakeville Area Arts Center and will be open to all actors age 5 - Adult, regardless of experience level. Approx. 150 actors will be cast in the production. Actors will have the option to select a full-time or part-time preference for their roles. Full-time actors participate in all performances and dress rehearsals and have a more strenuous production schedule. Part-time actors participate in half of the performances and dress rehearsals and have a less strenuous production schedule. The fee is the same regardless of being cast in a part-time or full-time role.

In-Person Audition dates and times:

Jan. 2, 2024 - with audition slots at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm (30 auditions allowed per time slot)

Jan. 3, 2024 - with audition slots at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm (30 auditions allowed per time slot)

Jan. 4, 2024 - with audition slots at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm (15 auditions allowed per time slot)

Callbacks will be held the week of Jan. 8th for some of the leading roles in the production and are invitation only. Most actors who are cast in the production will NOT need to attend a callback. 

Email/Recorded Auditions may also be permitted for those who are unable to secure an in-person audition spot and are assigned to the waitlist or those who will be out of town during all audition dates. Casting preference is often given to those who are able to audition in-person.

Rehearsal Dates

Script Pick-Up & Read-Through: Wed. Jan. 17, 2023 (subject to change)

Regular Rehearsals: Jan 22. through March 10

Dress Rehearsals: March 11-14

 

Rehearsals will be held weeknight evenings from 5pm - 9pm at CastleCorner (CCT's rehearsal space) in downtown Farmington. Saturday morning/afternoon rehearsals may be scheduled if needed for some actors. Rehearsals for younger actors in part-time roles usually do not run past 8:30pm

 

Dress Rehearsals will run each night from 5pm - 10pm. (Most actors will not need to arrive until 6pm.)

 

CCT will ask actors to fill out their availability on a calendar prior to their audition. Casting priority will be given to actors who have the most availability to rehearse. Actors who will be out of town or miss rehearsals between March 12-24 should not audition without emailing info@castleco.org to find out their likely-hood of being cast.

Performance Dates

Friday, March 15 at 7pm

Saturday, March 16 at 2pm

Saturday, March 16 at 7pm

Sunday, March 17 at 4pm

Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm

Thursday, March 21 at 7pm

Friday, March 22 at 7pm

Saturday, March 23 at 2pm

Saturday, March 23 at 7pm

Sunday, March 24 at 4pm

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Participation Fee (paid after casting)

Ages 5-17 = $175 each (first two actors per family) and $75 each (each additional actor per family)

Ages 18+ = $0 (adults are encouraged to help through concession donations, volunteering, etc.)

Accessibility Information

 

CCT wishes to make theatre accessible to everyone, including those with limited mobility, learning needs and those unable to pay the participation fee due to financial need. If you need accommodations in order to audition, please email info@castleco.org. Fee assistance will be available for those cast who are in need of financial assistance and can be applied for after production is cast.

Recorded Audition Information

 

If you are unable to attend auditions and wish to audition via recorded video, please prepare to fill out several forms of paperwork and create two videos which you will send as part of your audition. Please email info@castleco.org in Dec. to let us know that you would like to submit an audition via video.

production roles

Mary Poppins (portrays female, approx. 16-22) - Jane and Michael Banks' strange, new nanny. She is neat and tidy but loves to play games. She is delightfully vain yet honest and humble. IMPORTANT: CCT aims to cast the title roles in each of its large cast productions with actors age 18 and under. CCT may consider actors who are in their early to mid 20s for this role, if needed, to fit the overall look and feel of the production. 

 

Bert (portrays male, approx. age 16+) - Friend of Mary Poppins and the Narrator of the story. Bert is delightful and cheery with a tendency to get along with everyone. IMPORTANT: CCT aims to cast the title roles in each of its large cast productions with actors age 18 and under. CCT may consider actors who are in their early to mid 20s for this role, if needed, to fit the overall look and feel of the production. 

George Banks (portrays male, approx. age 36+) - Jane and Michael's no nonsense father who expects everything to be run with precision and order.

Winnifred Banks (portrays female, approx. age 30+) - Jane and Michael's caring mother. A former actress, Winnifred struggles to fit into her housewife role.

Jane Banks (portrays female, approx. age 8-12) - A spirited and precocious girl who tends to act a bit snobbish.

Michael Banks (portrays male, approx. age 8-12) - An excitable, cheeky and naught young boy.

Mrs. Brill (portrays female, non-binary, approx. age 16+) - The brassy housekeeper and cook to the Banks family. Overworked and underappreciated.

Robertson Ay (portrays male, non-binary, approx. age 16+) - The houseboy to the Banks family, a bit clumsy and comedic.

Miss Andrew (portrays female, approx. age 50+) - George Banks' overbearing and scary childhood nanny, who comes to town in hopes of teaching Jane and Michael to behave.

Mrs. Cory (portrays female, approx. age 36+) - A shopkeeper who believes in a good conversation.

Neleus (portrays male, approx. age 14+) - The statue of a young boy who comes to life during Jane and Michael's stroll in the park.

Valentine (portrays male, female, non-binary, approx. age 8-14) - Clown toy that comes to life to warn Jane and Michael about not respecting their toys. Ideally this actor should be a strong dancer.

Bird Woman (portrays female, approx. age 14+) - Poor woman who sells seed to feed the birds. 

Admiral Boom (portrays male, approx. age 30+) - A proud and loud Naval man who is neighbor to the Banks family. Friends with Miss Lark.

Miss Lark (portrays female, approx. age 18+) - A haughty neighbor of the Banks family who treats her pet dog in the highest regard. Friends with Admiral Boom.

Bank Chairman (portrays male, approx. age 40+) - Head of the bank where Mr. Banks works, and Edwardian stuffed-shirt kind of chap.

Von Hussler (portrays female, approx. age 30+) - A shady businessman seeking a loan from Mr. Banks. Speaks with a German accent.

John Northbrooke (portrays male, approx. age 20+) - An honest businessman seeking a loan form Mr. Banks to build a factory in his hometown.

Police Man (portrays male, non-binary, approx. age 40+) - Police Officer in the town where the Banks live.

Vocal Ensemble (portrays any gender, approx. age 14+) - This ensemble group will be made up of strong singers, usually those with several years of singing or theatre experience. Members of this ensemble group will sing in most/all ensemble songs in the show. Some songs will be sung off-stage as vocal support for the onstage actors, while others will be sung onstage performing as various roles throughout the show. Each member of the Vocal Ensemble will likely appear in 2 (or more) on-stage songs in this production.

 

Villager Ensemble (portrays any gender, approx. age 5+) - Local youth and adult villagers who live in the same town as the Banks family. Actors in this ensemble group will appear in (at least) one of the following songs; Jolly Holiday, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Feed the Birds, Let's Go Fly A Kite. The number of songs each actors is assigned to will be based on availability, age, experience level and the overall number of actors cast in the production.

Penguin Ensemble (portrays any gender, approx. age. 5-10) - Penguins who dance in Jolly Holiday.

Statue Ensemble - Statues who come to life to dance in Jolly Holiday.

Toy Ensemble (portrays any gender, approx. age. TBD) - Toys who come to life to warn Jane and Michael about playing too roughly. This ensemble group will either be filled by actors age 8-12 OR by experienced dancers age 10-18. 

Chimney Sweep Ensemble (portrays any gender, approx. age. 12+) - Mysterious chimney sweeps who show Jane and Michael that "anything can happen, if you let it". Actors in this ensemble will sing in two songs.

Bank Worker Ensemble (portrays any gender, approx. age. 16+) - Employees of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed.

production FAQs

  • Who can audition for the show?
    Usually, CCT auditions are open to anyone age 5 through Adult. During CCT's 2023-2024 season, some changes do apply, due to licensing restrictions for certain shows (see below). Fall Show - King Arthur and Princess Arthena (ages 5 - Adult may audition) Spring Show - Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins (ages 5 - Adult may audition) Summer Show - Disney's Frozen JR (ages 5 - 18 may audition) While some production roles may require different ages, heights, and vocal ranges, CCT does not discriminate in casting based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ability to pay participation fee, accessibility needs, etc.
  • Is there a fee to participate?
    There are a lot of costs that go into making a great theater production, script licensing, space rental, costumes, sets, technical elements, printing, marketing, and instructor stipends (to name a few). Because of this, CCT charges a participation fee for all actors age 17 and under. (Adult actors are encouraged to volunteer in other ways by assisting with marketing, set move-in, prop construction, etc.) Fees vary by show because the cost to produce the show, and the number of tickets each show is expected to sell, also varies. Fees for most shows are $175 per actor (age 17 and under). Families with multiple actors in the production will pay $175 per actor (for the first two actors in their family) and will pay $75 per actor (for each additional actor). ALL actors must also provide their own shoes and possibly socks to wear for the production. The style of shoe and sock will be based on the character that each actor plays. Financial assistance is available for those who need it (for both participation fees and shoes/socks) and can be registered for after the production has been cast. (CCT does NOT turn actors away due to inability to pay the fee.)
  • What is the time commitment / when are rehearsals?
    The information below pertains to all CCT productions. The time commitment to participate in a show depends on the role that each actor is cast in. Some actors may rehearse between one and six hours each week while others may rehearse 20 hours per week. At auditions, actors will be able to select if they'd like a role that requires less rehearsal and performance time. These roles are called part-time roles. Part-time roles rehearse an average of 1 or 2 hours each week and perform in half the performances. Rehearsals are held Monday-Friday evenings from 6pm - 9:00pm and occasionally Saturday mornings/afternoons. Actors will be asked to fill out a conflict form at auditions. CCT does its best to work around actors' conflicts when possible and will prioritize having younger actors rehearse earlier in the evenings. Playing a sport once or twice each week may be something that can be scheduled around. CCT can occasionally schedule around vacation conflicts, however, priority will be given to those who can attend the majority of rehearsals. It is extremely important that you fill out your conflict form honestly!
  • How do I prepare for auditions?
    Actors MUST register in order to audition for all CCT productions. The registration link can be found towards the middle of this page. Registration is free and secures your audition spot. On the day of your audition, please bring a list of conflicts that can be used to fill out the conflict calendar (if not filled out in advance). You may also wish to bring a pen/pencil and a notebook (or other hard surface) for filling out your audition form. (If possible, we will send an email a week prior to auditions which will allow you to fill out forms in advance and print them yourself to bring with you.) Your audition for a non-musical will consist of an acting audition ONLY. Your audition for a musical will consist of two parts, an acting audition and a singing audition. During the acting audition, actors will be asked to portray different animals, characters or emotions while counting from one to ten. Example: Please count from 1 to 10. At one, pretend you are sad, at 10, pretend you are happy. For the singing audition (used for Musicals ONLY), actors will be asked to sing a short section of a song (around 20-30 seconds is enough). Actors may choose any song they like, but it should be something that you feel confident singing! Your song does NOT have to be from the show you are auditioning for.
  • What are the Covid-19 guidelines for participating in the production?
    There are no Covid-19 guidelines for CCT productions at this time. CCT usually follows school and state guidelines for Covid-19 prevention. Stricter guidelines may be in place for rehearsals during high transmission times. CCT does not require actors to wear masks for performances unless actors have had a recent Covid-19 infection and are still contagious.
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