Detroit – The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University invites children age 6 to 14 (not taller than 5’0”) to audition for roles in “A Christmas Carol” and “Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical”. Auditions will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019 beginning at 10 a.m. in the rehearsal rooms on the fourth floor of Old Main (enter at 480 W Hancock Street and take the elevator to the fourth floor). Please arrive by 10 a.m. to register. Parents with questions may call the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at 313-577-3508 or email [email protected].

Available roles for “A Christmas Carol” include Young Ebenezer, Tiny Tim, children’s ensemble, and others. Available roles for “Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical” are for Jane and Michael Banks, the children of the house. Doubling the casting of Jane and Michael Banks is a possibility, meaning that the children cast may be able to rotate performance dates. All backgrounds, genders, and experiences are encouraged to audition. Auditionees should prepare a song that best represents their talent. Callbacks, where the directors ask to see the auditionee one more time, will take place immediately after all auditionees are seen.

All children who attend will be given vouchers for one (1) free children’s ticket to both productions.

Those cast in “A Christmas Carol” will be required to attend rehearsals beginning Saturday, October 26, 2019 and all performances December 4 through 15, 2019. Those cast in “Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical” will be required to attend rehearsals beginning February 10, 2020 and all performances April 10 through 19, 2020.

“A Christmas Carol” is based on the story by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by John Wolf and Tom Aulino. The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he’s visited by his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Warned that his humbuggery will curse him in the afterlife, Marley sends the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to help Scrooge reform his curmudgeonly ways. Utilizing magical special effects and a mechanically marvelous set, “A Christmas Carol” will delight everyone who experiences it.

“Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical” is based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. It features original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, with a new book by Julian Fellowes. New songs and additional music and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles. It is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh with Disney. “Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical,” follows the Banks family as they struggle with life in Edwardian England just after the turn of the 20th century. The children, Jane and Michael, are terribly ill-behaved. Mrs. Banks is lonely and bereft, aching for dreams long ignored. And Mr. Banks just wants to live an orderly, well-established life. Helping them is the mysterious nanny who can talk to birds, magically transform a gloomy park into a painterly scene, and, just maybe, with a spoonful of sugar, get the Banks family back on track.

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance and Theatre and Dance at Wayne are part of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University.

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Performance Schedule

A Christmas Carol

Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.

Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical

Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 15 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m.