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Director: Debbie Emling

Assistant Director: Kathleen Williams

Vocal Director: Shannon Woodruff

Choreographer: Jordan Emling

DISNEY'S MARY POPPINS JR. ~ 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." Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers.


Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron
Mackintosh's Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!


All those cast in MARY POPPINS JR are required to become a KVTA member at some level (minimum $25) by a certain date during the rehearsal process. One parent being a member of KVTA does cover the membership requirement for all family members 17 and under. Memberships paid during the 2021-2022 season will also fulfill this requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: Following the updated Health Department recommendations, the KVTA Board of Directors has decided that effective immediately, masks should be worn by anyone entering the KVTA Studios, regardless of vaccine status. Please arrive at your audition time with a mask on. 



January and February rehearsals will be 3 to 4 times per week (there will be a mandatory cast/parent meeting at 6:30 pm on December 20, 2021, but then the next rehearsal will start after the holidays on January 3, 2022). March rehearsals might be every night, depending on how well the cast is doing at that time. We will add some weekend rehearsals especially for dance, if necessary. That has not been finalized yet, but we want you to be aware of this before you grant your child permission to complete the audition process.

WE ARE LOOKING AT ADDING FLYING TO OUR PRODUCTION. IF WE ARE ABLE TO HAVE FLYING, WE WILL HAVE A REHEARSAL ON FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022 AND SATURDAY, MARCH 26 FOR MARY POPPINS AND MISS ANDREWS WHICH ARE MANDATORY FOR THESE CHARACTERS. THERE WILL ALSO BE DANCE REHEARSAL ON SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022 WHILE FLIGHT REHEARSAL IS OCCURRING FOR ALL OTHER CHARACTERS. Rehearsal dates are subject to change. We want to have the entire cast at ALL of our final tech rehearsals, so please be open and honest when completing your auditioner’s conflict calendar. These dates are Friday, April 1 and April 4-April 7. Please be sure to fill out all of the conflicts for your child from the audition date through the final performance date. If you have any questions about the information provided here, please ask ahead of time by emailing the Director, Debbie Emling, at At this time, masks are required for all rehearsals, and clear face shields are required to be worn by all actors for the performances.

SOME SUPER(califragilisticexpialidocious) NEWS! The time has come to sign up for your Mary Poppins JR. audition! On behalf of the entire staff, we are very excited for our auditions in December! We want to thank all of you in advance for your interest in auditioning for our production. We know it is going to be a very difficult casting process because you are all going to be amazing! Please come prepared to auditions by having your audition form and conflict calendar sheets already completed, by reading and understanding the information provided below, by preparing your character, and by practicing your song selection and dance audition ahead of time. Yes, please bring your CHARACTER to your audition! There will be many auditioners, so give us everything you have during your time with us.

Lincoln Cultural Center 240 Warren Ave Kankakee IL 60901

Due to current restrictions and the constant changing of them, the KVTA Board of Directors will be making a decision on the exact performance dates by the first of the year. The 2 available options are:
There will be four (4) mandatory public performances of this production. 
Public Performances: Friday, April 8 at 7 pm; Saturday, April 9 at 2 pm & 7 pm; Sunday, April 10 at 2 pm
There will be six (6) mandatory performances of this production.
School Performances: Thursday, April 7 & Friday, April 8 (there will be 2 school show performances each day)

Public Performances: Saturday, April 9 at 7 pm & Sunday, April 10 at 2 pm 
In Scenario #2: Every young person cast in this production will be required to miss two days of school for the school performances. Every cast member will be required to have a permission slip signed by his/her teachers and principal during the first week of rehearsal. Failure to return this slip by the deadline given may result in the cast member being dropped from the cast. 



AUDITIONS: December 17 from 6 pm to 9 pm & December 18 from 10 am to 2 pm

CALLBACKS: December 19 beginning at 12 pm

KVTA Studios 

1 Stuart Dr Kankakee IL 60901

SIGN UP for your audition time slot online at:
•    -  Time slots are currently limited to 15 auditioners per time slot (10 for 6-7 year olds). 
•    -  Additional time slots may be added, as needed. 
•    -  The number of auditioners per time slot may be increased, as needed. 
•    -  Children ages 6 or 7 years old may audition at 6 pm on Friday evening or at 10 am on Saturday morning. If your child is 6 or 7 years of age and cannot attend either of these times, please email the Director at and we will come up with a suitable option for everyone involved. 
•    -  All other time slots are open to children ages 8 to 17. Your child must be 6 years of age and no older than 17 years of age by April 9, 2022. Proof of age may be requested. If your child is 8 to 17 years of age and cannot attend either of these audition dates, please email the Director at and we will come up with a suitable option for everyone involved. 


Audition Form can be downloaded here: MICROSOFT WORD   PDF

Conflict Calendar can be downloaded here: PDF
KVTA Policies to be signed:

All participants, on-stage or off-stage, will be required to sign KVTA's Social Media and Sexual Harassment Policies. An Emergency Card and Waiver of Liability must also be completed and signed in order to participate. These forms will be distributed when you first volunteer with KVTA. If you have any questions please email:

Sunday, December 19 beginning at 12 pm 
•    -  For anyone new to the audition process, callbacks are only for select auditioners that the show staff members (i.e. Director, Assistant Director, Vocal Director, and Choreographer) would like to see again. We will post a callback list on Saturday, December 18, after all auditions have been completed. The time of the posting for the callback list will be dependent upon how late we audition on Saturday. Your patience is greatly appreciated! 
•    -  If for any reason you cannot make this callback date, PLEASE email the Director before your audition, or tell the board member working the check-in table at auditions. 
•    -  If you are called back, it is highly encouraged that you make every effort to attend the callbacks. 
•    -  Tap auditions will only be done at callbacks from 12-1:30 pm. The auditioners that the choreographer would like to see for tap auditions will be listed on the callback list. The tap selection will be taught during the callback time. 
•    -  Readings for callbacks will be cold readings from the script. More information regarding callbacks will be provided after all auditions have been completed. 

Follow this link to read the character descriptions to help you prepare for your audition. 
At auditions, each auditioner will read ONE of the character reading selections provided in this attachment. Each auditioner may read any ONE reading. Please bring your character to your reading!


At auditions, each auditioner will sing ONE of the song selections listed below. 6-7 year olds are to sing Spoonful of Sugar ms. 48-63. All 8-17 year old auditioners may choose to sing any of the other three selections even if they are not interested in those roles. After each audition song there is also a piano accompaniment recording of the audition piece.


6-7 Year Olds are to sing Spoonful of Sugar ms 48-63 - MUSIC & PIANO RECORDING IN LINK BELOW

8-17 Year Olds may pick ONE of the following 3 selections:

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ms. 125-156 – MUSIC & PIANO RECORDING iN LINK BELOW
Practically Perfect ms. 69-94 – MUSIC & PIANO RECORDING IN LINK BELOW


Here is a link to the vocal tracks for a reference: 


Here is a link to the piano recording and practice tracks for a reference:


Each auditioner will perform the audition dance. There is a front view of the dance and a back view of the dance. The audition dance has been recorded for the auditioners to learn on their own before the auditions. We will not teach the dance at the auditions. All auditioners are expected to learn their audition dance before the audition and perform their dance without instruction at auditions. We are looking for some specialized dancers and tumblers. If you can perform tumbling without assistance or have any training in TAP, please let us know by listing that on your audition sheet (although we will make our decisions on tap callbacks based on the dance auditions, too). We will list auditioners we would like to see tap at callbacks on the callback list. The tap callback audition piece will be taught at 12 pm on December 19 and then the auditioners will be split into groups for the Directors to watch them perform the tap piece. 


The callback list will be posted on the KVTA website at and on the KVTA Facebook page at on Saturday, December 18, after all auditions have been completed, so it could be late in the day. There will be a tap dance callback as well as a cold read with lines. The music for callbacks are listed below but we may also ask for other selections to be sung.


Music For Callbacks Only:
Mary Poppins - Same cut of Practically Perfect for auditions plus may also sing A Spoonful of Sugar ms. 6-29 – MUSIC
Bert – Jolly Holiday ms. 1-30 – MUSIC   May also sing Winds Do Change ms. 5-23 - MUSIC
Jane & Michael – Jolly Holiday ms. 32-52 - MUSIC
Miss Andrew – Brimstone and Treacle Pt.1 ms. 36-64 - MUSIC
Bird Woman – Feed the Birds ms. 36-63 – MUSIC
George – A Man Has Dreams ms. 15-28 - MUSIC


The cast list will be posted on the KVTA website at and on the KVTA Facebook page at on Sunday, December 19, after all callbacks have been completed, so it could be very late in the evening. Thank you in advance for your patience as we will have many difficult decisions to make! 


For those cast in the show, our CAST READ THRU and PARENT MEETING will be on Monday, December 20, at 6:30 pm at the KVTA Studios. This is a mandatory meeting.

Further questions regarding auditions, callbacks, or casting may be emailed to the Director at:

Break a leg!


Mary Poppins JR Staff


Saturday, April 9, 2022 | 7:00 PM

Sunday, April 10, 2022 | 2:00 PM

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