Audition

The Hudson Players are a true community theater. Thus all our shows feature volunteer actors and stage personnel. All roles in our productions are always open to auditioners, with no restrictions. For non-musicals scripts are usually available for perusal at the Hudson Library at least two weeks prior. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. For musicals, auditioners are asked to have a song prepared and to bring along appropriate sheet musical for the accompanist. Musical auditioners will also be asked to read from the script and in many cases shown a brief movement exercise. Those interested in working backstage, on sets, lights, etc, are encouraged to come to auditions as well and fill out a form letting the producer know their areas of interest. All auditions are held at the Barlow Community Center on Oviatt St in Hudson, typically at 7pm on Sunday and Monday evenings.

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2016-2017 Season

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Directed by:
Brian Westerley
Auditions
: September 11 @ 7 p.m. & Sept 12 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St. in Hudson
NOW PLAYING!!!

 

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS
Directed by:
Claudia Lillibridge
Auditions
: November 13 & 14 – 7:00 p.m.
Performances: February 3, 4, 10, 11, 12*, 17, 18, 19*, 24 & 25
*2 p.m. matinee

Character Breakdown – Ages are not necessarily strict but are listed as provided

Bert
The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, Bert has many occupations, including hurdy-gurdy player, sidewalk artist and chimney sweep. Bert watches over the children as well as the goings on in Cherry Tree Lane. He has charm, speaks with a Cockney accent and is a song-and-dance man.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 30
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: B2

George Banks
The father to Jane and Michael Banks, is a banker to the very fiber of his being. Demanding “precision and order” in his household, he is a pipe-and-slippers man who doesn’t have much to do with his children and believes that he had the perfect upbringing by his nanny, the cruel Miss Andrew. His emotional armor, however, conceals a sensitive soul. A baritone, George may speak-sing as necessary.
Gender: male
Age: 40 to 40
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Winifred Banks
George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother. A former actress, she is loving and distracted homemaker who is busy trying to live up to her husband’s desire to obnly associate with “the best people” as well as be the model wife and mother. She suffers from the conflicting feelings that she’s not up to the job of “being Mrs. Banks,” yet, she is, and more. She has great warmth and simplicity to her tone.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 30
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Jane
The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mr. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.
Gender: female
Age: 11
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Michael
The cute and cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and tries to be like him. Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents.
Gender: male
Age: 9
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Katie Nanna
Jane and Micahel’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 30

Policeman
A neighborhood fixture who is respected by and observant of households on his beat.
Gender: male
Age: 30ish

Miss Lark
The haughty next-door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if her were child.
Gender: female
Age: 30ish

Admiral Boom
A retired Royal Navy man and neighbor of the Banks family. A physically large man with a loud and booming voice, he speaks in Navy jargon and has a soft spot for his neighbor, Miss Lark. Can be any vocal range as needed. If Admiral Bloom doubles as the Banks Chairman, he can be a baritone.
Gender: male
Age: 50ish

Mrs. Brill
The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked and harrassed, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed. Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath. Mrs. Brill doesn’t have a high opinion of nannies in general and Mary Poppins in particular. She does not have to be a strong singer.
Gender: female
Age: 50ish
Vocal range top: D#5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Robertson Ay
The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless. He doesn’t do a lot of singing, but his “Spoonful” solo can be a fun surprise.
Gender: male
Age: 20 to 20
Vocal range top: G#4
Vocal range bottom: F3

Mary Poppins
Jane and Michael Banks’s new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet particular, and sometimes a little frightening but always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says. A mezzo soprano with strong top notes, she should be able to move well. She can have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction is the key.
Gender: female
Age: 20’s
Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: Gb3

Park Keeper
Uniformed and officious, he makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood.
Gender: male
Age: 40’s

Neleus
The statue of a young boy posed with a dolphin in the park. Neleus was separated from his father, Poseidon, and misses him very much. A small and lonely being, he is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael. This role is a wonderful opportunity to feature one of the strong dancers in your ensemble.
Gender: male
Age: 16

Queen Victoria
A statue in the park.
Gender: female
Age: 40 to 40

Bank Chairman
The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed-shirt. He can speak/sing his lines if necessary.
Gender: male
Age: 50 to 60
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Miss Smythe
The Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.
Gender: female
Age: 40’s

Ensemble – Various Ages and Genders
Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Parkgoers.

Von Hussler
A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.
Gender: male
Age: 30’s

John Northbrook
An honest business man seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.
Gender: male
Age: 30’s

Bird Woman
Covered in a patchwork of old shawls, and her pockets are stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. Sings “Feed the Birds.” There can be a gruff, folksy quality to her voice that relfelcts the hardness of her life.
Gender: female
Age: 50’s
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Gb3

Mrs. Corry
Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with a Caribbean accent (or any accent that would make her seem exotic).
Gender: female
Age: 40’s

Miss Andrew
George’s overbearing and scary 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. A soprano with an alto belt, there can be some heaviness to her voice along with range.
Gender: female
Age: 40 to 40
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Gb3

 

ON THE 20th CENTURY
Auditions
February 12 & 13 – 7:00 p.m.
PerformancesApril 28, 29, May 5, 6, 12, 13, 14*, 19 & 20
*2 p.m. matinee

 

Open Auditions:

All Hudson Players auditions are open auditions with all roles available. No experience is necessary. For non-musicals please be prepared to read from the script. For musicals please bring sheet music for the accompanist and prepare at least a 16 bar audition song. Musical auditions will also normally include a movement exercise and reading from the script. Please email [email protected] with any questions.