Now that the Ouachita Little Theatre hit, Southern Hospitality, has finished its run, it is time to start on Mary Poppins, the next OLT production. This Thursday, February 23, Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25, both budding and experienced thespians will have the opportunity to audition for one of the 30 plus roles in the show. All auditions will be held at the OLT, 610 Mena St.
Thursday’s audition will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday’s audition will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., while Saturday’s auditions will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cast selection will be published no later than Monday, February 27.
The first cast meeting will be Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 pm. According to the director, Rudi Timmerman, and music director, Judy Kropp, an attempt was made to have a variety of times so that anyone interested would be able to audition. However, added Timmerman, if these times don’t work, give us a call at 243-5903 and arrange for another time. Mary Poppins will be presented May 5 through 7 and May 11 through 13. It should be noted that the second weekend will have shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday, May 14 is Mena High School graduation so there will be no show on that day.
There are 28 named characters in the show in addition to an ensemble of Park Strollers, Customers, Kite Flyers, Sweeps, etc. Lots of folks of all ages, with the exception of those younger than 7, and genders will be needed. While the major roles of Bert, Mary, Jane, Michael, and several others will be chosen solely on the bases of auditions. Nevertheless, anyone who wants to be in this show and is paid member will be offered a part even if it is in the ensemble. Rehearsals will typically be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. However, depending on the role, an individual’s attendance may be limited to one or two nights until just before the show date.
This is a musical so characters playing major roles will need to demonstrate their musical ability. To that end, the directors will ask for the following:
- Everyone sing a portion of “Let’s Fly a Kite” – Words and music will be available, and a brief tutorial, if desired, will be provided
- Those auditioning for Mary Poppins may need to sing “Practically Perfect.” Dance team choreographers may ask for a demonstration of dance skills. Demonstration and instruction will be available prior to the audition. Musical accompaniment will be provided.
Mary Poppins promises to be a great show. The directors hope you will audition and become part of this wonderful show. There are no precast parts and everyone has an equal chance for any part. OLT has been putting on quality shows since 1979 and has established itself as a champion of the arts and mainstay of the community. None of that would have been possible without community support. Auditioning for a show is one way to show your support. For more information, check out www.oltmena.com.