Casting call for super show
LEONGATHA’S Lyric Theatre is the first amateur theatre company in Gippsland to be given the opportunity to perform Mary Poppins on stage.
The musical has only been available to amateur groups for two years.
An information session on the production will be held at Memorial Hall in Leongatha on Sunday, November 1 from 4pm.
Production co-director Peter McAlpine said the session will focus on the requirements for the show and the audition process.
“After the information session, we will hold workshops around the hall,” he said.
“We will have a dance workshop with choreographer Lisa Pellin, an acting workshop with me and my fellow director Kerrie Giles, and a singing workshop with musical director Elaine Epifano.
“Everyone will get a go at all three workshops.”
Auditions will be held from Saturday, November 7 to Tuesday, November 10.
Mr McAlpine said the lead child roles of Michael and Jane Banks will be played by four children, as they will have split roles.
“We are looking for two Michaels who need to be around nineish and two Janes, who need to be around elevenish,” he said.
“One pair will do one half of the shows and the other two will do the other half. Jane and Michael are really important to the show, and are in and out all the way through.”
Mr McAlpine said there will be at least another dozen roles for children, ranging in ages from seven upwards.
“We need kids who are able to move, sing and take direction. They will need to be enthusiastic, energetic kids who will be able to do lots of different things,” he said.
There will also be roles for dancers in the show for any age, and for both males and females.
“We will need some dancers with a bit of experience and we really want to see some boys and men in the dancing roles as well,” Mr McAlpine said.
There will be around 40 to 50 people in the cast overall.
“There are lots of little character roles in the play and there are lots of big scenes where we can spread it around among everyone,” Mr McAlpine said.
“That is the beauty of the show, everyone can have a go at everything.”
Mary Poppins and Bert are the adult leads of the show and are also the most demanding roles, according to Mr McAlpine.
“Mary is a great role. She will need to be very prim and proper and be able to sing, dance and act. Her hardest thing will be to hold the character all the way through the show,” he said.
“Bert can be any age from 30 upwards and needs to be able to sing, dance and act. It is quite a good role and is almost the lead of the entire show.”
Mr McAlpine said everyone who grew up with the movie will connect to the stage production.
“It is very feel good and is true to the movie. The audience will feel like they have been taken away on a journey,” he said.
“Some of the songs have been added to and extended to make it more of a theatre show.
“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is the biggest number in the show. It is very exciting and energetic.”
Mr McAlpine said they are hoping to see a large number of people at the information session and at the auditions, with people already showing interest from the Latrobe Valley and Phillip Island.
For more information, visit www.lyrictheatre.net.au.
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