Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (Grades 3-12)

Students in Grades 3 through 12 this school year: Join us for our advanced Youth Theatre Troupe play: Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins!

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! 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.”

Students must audition for this pre-professional advanced theatre group.

CFCArts is a Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES, formerly Gardiner Scholarship) provider, and the FES can be used to cover program tuition! CFCArts scholarships are also available.

Register Here!

Audition Prep Workshop:

Want to audition for the Jr. Troupe – Supporting and Lead roles? Students in grades 3-12 may choose to attend our Audition Prep Workshop on Wednesday, January 4, 5:30-7:30 PM. Students will gain familiarity with the shows and characters, have the opportunity to participate in a mock acting audition and receive feedback, and participate in a Q&A session with casting staff. You can register your student for the Audition Prep Workshop on their Registration Form and use the links below to pay. We offer a sibling discount for this workshop!

Information

Please click here for a thorough review of our casting policies.

Please email Director of Education – Youth Programs, Leah Porrata, at Leah.Porrata@cfcarts.com with any questions.

All students will rehearse on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays as called, anytime between 5:30-8 PM, at Central Florida Community Arts Black Box Theatre (250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804) on Mondays, and First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from January 10 to April 14 (No rehearsal March 11-19 due to spring break.) Locations will be noted on the full rehearsal schedule, released on Wednesday, January 11.

Not every Troupe performer will be called to every rehearsal! A full rehearsal schedule will be released after auditions by Wednesday, January 11. The number of rehearsals required will depend on the size of your student’s role.

All Troupe performers should plan to attend rehearsal on Tuesday, January 10 for a read-through and of course, all tech and dress rehearsals as listed below.

Tech and dress rehearsals will take place from Sunday, April 16 to Friday, April 21, at either of the rehearsal locations listed above (CFCArts Black Box or First Congregational Church of Winter Park), or the performance location, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center, 445 South Magnolia Avenue Orlando, FL 32801. A specific tech week rehearsal will be sent out later in the rehearsal process, but all cast members must be available, and will be called, for all days from 5:30 PM on.

All cast must attend all tech and dress rehearsals and performances or they will not be able to perform.

Performances will take place on Saturday, April 22 at 2 PM and 7 PM, and Sunday, April 23 at 2 PM and 7 PM the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center, 445 South Magnolia Avenue Orlando, FL 32801. Call times and end times are still to be determined; cast members must be available all day.

Audience members may purchase in-person tickets on the event page (link coming soon) and may attend following our safety procedures.

All cast must attend all scheduled tech and dress rehearsals and performances or they will not be able to perform.

Tuition for all performers is $250. There are four ways to cover tuition:

  • Complete the tuition payment in full via PayPal (a link will be sent out), or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted.) Payment is due no later than Tuesday, January 10
  • Reach out to youth@cfcarts.com to set up a tuition payment plan of four installments of $62.50 each. The first installment will be due no later than Tuesday, January 10, the second installment no later than Friday, February 10, the third installment no later than Friday, March 10, and the final installment no later than Monday, April 10. Students must have tuition paid in full to perform in the production. Installment payments may be made online via PayPal (a link will be provided) or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted, and be sure to set up your payment plan with us first; checks cannot be accepted at rehearsal.)
  • Complete the Financial Assistance Application no later than Tuesday, January 10 to be considered for a need-based scholarship for this program. Any remaining balance for your student’s tuition will be due no later than Monday, April 10. Students must have their remaining tuition balance paid in full to perform in the production. Payment of the remaining balance may be made online via PayPal (a link will be provided) or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted.)
  • CFCArts is a Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES, formerly Gardiner Scholarship) direct pay provider, and the FES can be used to cover program tuition. Simply email your student’s FES ID number to us at youth@cfcarts.com no later than Tuesday, January 10 and we will invoice FES for the amount of the program tuition.
Meet the Staff (coming soon)

Auditions

Auditions will take place on January 5-7 (callbacks for selected students January 8) at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) and are fully optional for Grades 3-12. Please note that not all students will be selected to join the cast of Mary Poppins.

Students may audition for the Companies and Jr. Troupe play, Winnie the Pooh (Grades PreK-12), at the same time if desired. Please click the link for more information. Please note that students can only do either Winnie the Pooh or Mary Poppins but will not be able to do both.

Auditions for our Companies/Jr. Troupe spring musical, Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (Grades PreK-12), will take place March 3-4. Please click the link for more information about this upcoming production! Students are able to participate in both Winnie the Pooh and Disney’s Aladdin Jr. but must attend both January and March auditions to do so. Please note that students can only do either Disney’s Aladdin Jr. or Mary Poppins but will not be able to do both.

Audition blocks are listed below, and you can select which one your student will attend on your student’s Registration Form. Students must stay for the duration of their audition block.

  • Block A – Thursday, January 5, 5:30-8 PM
  • Block B – Friday, January 6, 5:30-8 PM
  • Block C – Saturday, January 7, 9:30 AM-12 PM
  • Block D – Saturday, January 7, 1-3:30 PM
  • Block E – Saturday, January 7, 4-6:30 PM

Callbacks may be held for selected students on Sunday, January 8, sometime between 2-6 PM. Students will be informed of their callback status and exact call time by email no later than 10 PM on Saturday, January 7.

  • Fill out your student’s Registration Form. Headshots and resumes are encouraged as well, and can be emailed to youth@cfcarts.com at least 24 hours prior to your audition in PDF format. If emailed late or in a different format, we may not be able to access your resume. Please do not bring hard copies to your audition.
  • Prepare and memorize a 16 to 32-bar selection from a musical theatre song. Please do not sing selections from Mary Poppins. Please bring sheet music with full piano accompaniment, three-hole-punched, double-sided, and in a three-ring binder. An accompanist will be provided. Tracks may not be used. Students may not sing a cappella (without accompaniment.) If you need assistance locating appropriate sheet music, please contact us at youth@cfcarts.com at least 48 hours before your audition (but preferably sooner!) and we will help you.
  • There is no need to memorize a monologue.
  • All auditioners will participate in cold readings from Winnie the Pooh as well as possibly Mary Poppins even if not auditioning for that play. 
  • Please bring a water bottle. Food and gum is not permitted.
  • Dance or athletic shoes required. No restrictive attire, open-toed shoes, flip-flops/sandals, heels, or skirts/dresses without leggings or shorts beneath.
  • Auditions, as well as rehearsals, are closed to parents and other visitors. For safety reasons, only students and approved staff/volunteers are permitted.
  • If your student would like some help preparing for their audition, the CFCArts Academy is here to help with Private Lessons in audition prep covering acting, voice, and/or dance coaching! Lessons can be one-time (called “Flex”) or you can set up recurring lessons if you prefer. Contact Academy@cfcarts.com to register!
  • Students may choose to attend our Audition Prep Workshop on Wednesday, January 4, 5:30-7:30 PM. Students will gain familiarity with the shows and characters, have the opportunity to participate in a mock acting audition and receive feedback, and participate in a Q&A session with casting staff. You can register your student for the Audition Prep Workshop on their Registration Form: Grades 3-12 and use the links below to pay. We offer a sibling discount for this workshop!

Please follow these steps to register your student.

  • Please register for an audition, or to participate without auditioning, by filling out the Registration Form. If applicable, use the links above to pay for the Audition Prep Workshop.
  • Students new to CFCArts, or returning from a season earlier than Fall 2021, will need to fill out the CFCArts Membership Application.
  • Once your Registration Form is complete, you will be sent Spring 2023 paperwork via EverSign to your email.

Not quite ready to join but have some questions about the program or how to get involved?
Just ask! Contact our office at 407-937-1800;719, or email us at Youth@cfcarts.com.