Audition in January for CROW’s Spring Production of ‘Mary Poppins’

Auditions held Jan. 20 and 21

Dec. 30, 2019 — Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops (CROW) will be holding open auditions for Disney’s “Mary Poppins” in January 2020.

The beloved classic tale follows the story of young Jane and Michael, who have sent many a nanny packing before a magical new person arrives on their doorstep. Utilizing a combination of snarky wit and common sense, Mary Poppins must teach the Banks family 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 practically perfect nanny.

“Mary Poppins” marks CROW’s ninth spring production, and will be performed April 17 to 26 at the Florence Events Center, and for invited school audiences on April 16.

Local audiences may recall that last Spring, CROW produced a main stage production of “The Wiz,” which packed the FEC, and delighted local audiences.

CROW is a Florence-based nonprofit organization and is dedicated to giving back to the community by providing quality performing arts experiences to local youth. In addition to providing a very professional work environment for the cast members, CROW utilizes the highest caliber costumes, sets, lighting design, choreography, music, sound, stage makeup and much more.

There are great roles for ages 6-22+, and all youth are encouraged to try out regardless of previous stage experience. Mature 3.5-7 years olds will be considered for “Telegrammers,” which is a reduced rehearsal commitment.

Auditions will be held at CROW Center for the Performing Arts, 3120 Highway 101 on Jan. 20 and 21 at 6:30 p.m. Invited Callbacks will be held on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Parents should also attend the initial audition to help fill out forms. Hopefuls will need to bring 16-32 bars, or about one minute, from a song that they would like to sing (sheet music or a CD, MP3 track with no background voices are acceptable), and a headshot/resume if they have one. If you don’t know a song, “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” are acceptable.

Prospective cast members will also be taught a short dance combination, and those asked to come to callbacks will read sides from the script. Interested families are strongly encouraged to check out the CROW website for all of the information needed to prepare for the audition.

Rehearsals for “Mary Poppins” will begin Jan. 27 and are generally held weeknights from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. A schedule will be available for perusal at the audition. Not all cast members are called every night.

Director Melanie Heard stresses that “performing in these productions is a big commitment. It’s very hard work and requires dedication, but when the curtain opens in April, we know you will agree that it was worth it!”

For a casting breakdown, FAQ’s, and detailed audition information, visit