AAMCT's Mary Poppins

GREAT JOB to EVERYONE that came out to All About Music & Children's Theatre's "Mary Poppins" Auditions!!  In addition to all the talent It is always so impressive to see how everyone helps each other out and lends a hand to one another. It was great to see former cast members be warm and welcoming to all the new students auditioning, high five-ing each other and auditioning as a TEAM!!  Congratulations to all of you on such a great job! . WE'RE PROUD OF ALL OF YOU!! 

If we were unable to cast you in this production we hope that you will participate in a class or camp to gain experience and come back and audition another time.  

Mary Poppins Jr. Audition Information

Open to Grades K through 12th ** Show Dates are March 29 - 31



We are very excited that your child has chosen to audition for ”Mary Poppins Jr.” Theater is a vibrant part of our culture and community and allows children the freedom to express themselves creatively while promoting individuality and developing self-confidence.  At AAMCT whether backstage or in the spotlight students are taught to use their talents to help each other, which enhances the company as a whole and ensures the high quality performances we have become known for. It is our goal to provide as many children as possible with an educational and high quality theatre experience in hopes of fostering a lifelong appreciation for music, theatre and the arts.

Audition Date

Auditions are Saturday, January 12th by appointment at St. John's Community Center in Mokena. (11100 Second Street, Mokena)  There are two time slots starting at 10:00am and 12:30 pm  In order to register for a spot you must complete the audition registration form and turn in the registration fee.  The fee is $30 which includes the audition music and mp3s $25 of the audition registration fee will be applied toward tuition if you are cast. If we are not able to cast you, the $25 fee will be refunded. If you decide not to audition or participate the fee will not be refunded. We are planning to take as many students as possible and we would like to make sure everyone is serious about participating.   Forms and fees can be dropped off or mailed to 19108 Wolf Road, Mokena, IL  60448.  Please call 708-479-0440 or email allaboutmusicmokena@yahoo.com with any questions.

Audition Makeup Date

There will be 2 makeup audition dates on Thursday Evening, January 10th at approximately 7:00 pm and Sunday Afternoon, January 13th at 11:00 am Please call or email if you need the makeup date. You will follow all the procedures as if you were auditioning on Saturday and should plan to attend callbacks on Sunday if needed.

What to expect at Auditions 

At auditions students will be taught a short dance combination, sing a portion of a song off of the audition music from the show (available from About Music soon with lyrics $5) and read a selection for the character you are auditioning for, which can be found on the website under Mary Poppins Jr by clicking the “Audition Lines PDF” button. 

Call backs will be held on Sunday, January 13th from approximately 12:00 to 5:00 pm and Monday, January 14th if needed. Not everyone will need to be seen for a callback if we don’t see you for a callback it does not mean you will not be in the show.  The call back list will be posted on the website Saturday night. The cast List will be posted on Thursday night.

Audition workshops are offered on several different days and times.  Participants will learn more about the show, characters, and songs as well as perform different characters and receive audition tips during a mock audition.  The cost is $20 (cash only) The enrollment form is on the website and can be dropped off or mailed in. Studio hours are Monday - Thursday 2:00 until 7:30 pm or you can mail it in or drop it off in the mailbox at the street.  We keep the classes small so students can receive individual attention therefore your spot cannot be held until you have turned in the form and payment. Class times and dates are listed on the top of the form which can be downloaded from the website. Please note the studio will be closed December 21st through January 2nd


Tap Dance Intensive for grades 3rd- 12th will be offered on Thursday January 3rd at 12:00 pm.  This is a great introduction to tap.  Hard sole shoes are required, tap shoes are recommended and are available on Amazon for about $20.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis.  We would like the characters Bert, Mary, Jane & Michael to be able to perform some tap for the show, as well as the chimney sweeps.  The song Step In Time will be a feature for more advanced dancers.

Performances are Friday-Sunday March 29th – 31st.  Depending on enrollment we may double cast some of the characters but each student will be in a minimum of two shows.  All shows are at Lincoln-way Central

Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for seniors and kids 12 and under when purchased in advance.  Seating is reserved and tickets are assigned in the order received, group rates are available for service organizations, please inquire. Tickets at the door are cash only, $15.

Enrollment Costs 

The tuition fee is $325 per student. ($300 after the audition registration fee is deducted. All payments are cash or check only) This helps to offset the cost of months of education and supervision during rehearsals as well as the child’s script, Music, costume, set construction and materials, props, royalties, publicity, rehearsal space rental and theatre rental.   It does not include shoes, socks, tights or leotards.  (Please note kids selected as specialty tap dancers will need to purchase tap shoes in addition to their regular black shoes.)

Volunteer Info As with any organization of this size all parents are required to volunteer.  A minimum of 5 hours per child is required or if it is more convenient you can pay the $50 buyout fee.  PLEASE NOTE:  We are still working on the honor system and do not require the volunteer fee in advance like many other organizations.  However if you have not fulfilled your volunteer time from a previous play the full or partial buyout fee is due at audition sign-up. Please inquire if you are unsure as we keep a running list.

We do not want to exclude anyone based on financial need.  Time payment options are available; please email allaboutmusicmokena@yahoo.com for more information in advance of your audition.  Requests not made in advance cannot be accommodated. The invoices for production costs need to be paid on time in order to avoid late fees which make it more expensive for everyone to participate.  All financial arrangements must be made prior to auditions and fulfilled at least 3 weeks before the show performances. There must be a down payment of some type made at the parent meeting. It is unfortunate we have had to add additional stipulations but it is more important to spend time working with the kids then hunting down late payments. Please note out of fairness to all you will not be able to purchase tickets until tuition is paid in full. 

The mandatory parent meeting and costume measurement and first rehearsal is on Saturday, January 19th

Rehearsals, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as there are some changes here from past productions. Rehearsals are on Saturday, Thursday and Monday.  Everyone will have rehearsals on Saturdays starting January 19th from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, at St. John's Community Center. Some of these rehearsals will be broken up into morning and afternoon depending on the number of students that are chosen for the cast.  But everyone will rehearse in the morning in January and February, starting sometime in March rehearsals will be split by cast.

Everyone will also have some Thursday evening rehearsals from 6:00 to 8:00pm, at St. John's in Fellowship Hall. These will be divided by dance number so it's not every Thursday for everyone. 

All solo singing and speaking parts will also rehearse on some Monday evenings from 6:00 -8:00 pm at All About Music, this is also broken up by scene and song. In general the larger the role, the more rehearsal time is required, but everyone will rehearse on Saturday mornings.  There will be NO rehearsal on Saturday, February 2nd but there will be rehearsal on SUNDAY February 3rd from 11 am until 3:00 pm.

There is a mandatory Community Performance on Sunday, February 24th between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm at our chili cook off fundraiser. Students will be giving a sneak peek of the Mary Poppins show for the community and local press. Admission is $5 and includes voting for the best chili or dessert. We are also looking for vendors and Chili and Dessert entries. (details to follow)

Tech Week dates are Mon., Tues., Wed., Thur March  25th – 28th from approximately 4:30 to 9:00pm  Attendance is mandatory if you cannot be at tech week you cannot be in the show.  If we have two casts the rehearsals will be split and each cast alternates days, Cast A Monday & Wednesday, Cast B Tuesday and Thursday. All Tech week rehearsals are at Lincoln-way Central.

Attendance The quality of the production depends on the cast as a whole, attendance is extremely important, students missing 2 unexcused rehearsals may have their parts reassigned or be removed from part or all of the show.  Just like any sport, the cast is a team and when members are missing you can't play a good game.  If you miss a rehearsal it is your responsibility to get together with the other cast members to learn what you missed.