Mary Poppins: Roles & Ranges

Mary Poppins: Female, Age: 20s. 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.
Vocal range top: Gb3-C6.

Bert: Male, Age: 30s. 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. Vocal range: B2-F#4.

George Banks: Male, 40s. 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. Vocal range: Bb2-Eb4.

Winifred Banks: Female, Age: 30s. 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 only 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. Vocal
range: A3-D5.

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

Michael: Male, Age: 9ish. 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. Vocal range top: A3-E5.

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

Policeman: Male, Age: 30s. A neighborhood fixture who is
respected by and observant of households on his beat.

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

Admiral Boom: Male, Age: 50s. 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.

Mrs. Brill: Female, Age: 50s. The housekeeper and cook for the
Banks family. Overworked and harassed, 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. Vocal range:
F#3-D#5.

Robertson Ay: Male, Age: 20s. 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. Vocal range: F3-
G#4.

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

Neleus: Male, Age: Teen-Young Adult. 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 a strong
dancer.

Queen Victoria: Female, Age: 40s. A statue in the park.

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

Miss Smythe: Female, Age: 40s. The Bank Chairman’s
humorless secretary.

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

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

Bird Woman: Female, Age: 50s. 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 reflects the hardness of her life. Vocal range: Gb3-C5.

Mrs. Corry: Female, Age: 40s. 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).

Miss Andrew: Female, Age: 40s. 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. Vocal
range: Gb3-F5.

Ensemble: Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch,
Dolls, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Park-goers.