Just received word that Westchester’s high-school-musical juggernaut Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains will be one of only six schools in the U.S. to present Disney Theatricals “Mary Poppins.”
Director Frank Portanova (inset) will hold auditions Jan. 13 and 14 for the production, which will undoubtedly be one of the final shows of the 2014 high-school-musical season across the Lower Hudson Valley, with performances May 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11.
This is the season of all things “Poppins,” with tonight’s opening of “Saving Mr. Banks,” a Disney film about founder Walt Disney’s efforts to secure the film rights to P.L. Travers story of a flying nanny who endears herself to the Banks family.
Stepinac, an all-boys Catholic high school that is the alma mater of actors Jon Voight and Alan Alda, recruits actresses from across the region to fill out its casts. According to today’s casting notice, “high school age females (grades 9-12) from any school (public or private) in New York/New Jersey/Connecticut regional areas are encouraged to audition.”
The male characters will be played by Stepinac students.
What’s unsure is how Portanova will cast the young Banks children, Jane and Michael, who are vital to the show. The notice reads: “auditions are currently not open to elementary age male or female children at this time; however, feel free to contact the school’s theatre department with your information for possible future consideration.”
There are two audition dates for high-school actresses: 3:30 to 6 p.m., Jan. 13 and 6 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 14.
Auditions will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Callbacks for ensemble or featured roles will be Jan. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Jan. 16 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Auditions and callbacks will be held at the Major Bowes Auditorium in Archbishop Stepinac High School, 950 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains.
“Mary Poppins” ran 2,619 performances on Broadway, from Nov. 16, 2006 to March 3, 2013. Among the actresses alternating in the role of Jane Banks in the original production were Rockland’s Delaney Moro and Pleasantville’s Kathryn Faughnan.