BCT seeks Mary Poppins cast members


BUCKHANNON – One of Disney’s most popular movies of all time will soon be coming to a stage near you as  part of the Buckhannon Community Theatre’s summer production schedule.

Director Laura J. Meese and music director Seth Stemple seek an all ages cast for Buckhannon Community Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins.

Auditions will be held Wed. May 8 and Thurs. May 9, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 88 S Kanawha St, Buckhannon, WV 26201, from 6-8 p.m.

The production will be presented July 25-28.

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. This show is a perfect opportunity to showcase a strong, iconic female performer, as well as unique special effects and illusions.

Those who wish to audition are asked to prepare with selections of music from the musical specified for your role of choice.

Music selections may be found here:

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It is also encouraged that auditionees prepare one comedic or two contrasting monologues. Those without prepared monologues will be provided with a selection from the script. Auditionees with current headshots and resumes are encouraged to provide them. All auditionees may be asked to read selections from the play.

Come prepared to dance! Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes.

All questions should be addressed to director Laura J. Meese at [email protected] or music director Seth Stemple at [email protected] No appointments are necessary.

Buckhannon Community Theatre produced its first show in the summer of 1971 with Irving Berlin’s musical, “Annie, Get Your Gun”.  Spawned by the efforts of Buckhannon-Upshur High School students and the high school’s vocal music teacher and choir director, James Knorr, BCT took to the stage for the first time with the production that began as an effort to continue to have musical theater shows during the summer months in addition to the musical shows that were produced at the high school each spring. The effort was successful, as people of all ages and backgrounds became actors, singers, dancers, directors, stagehands and costumers in order to put together a “Broadway-style” show for the community.

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