1. Read the whole script
Read the whole script! And read it more than once! Understanding the show as a whole is crucial to being able to memorize your lines. Memorize the context of each scene: Understanding what is happening in each scene, such as "Mary and the children go to the park" or "Von Hussler gets turned down by George," will help you. Your lines and lyrics make much more sense when you understand the context of each scene!
2. Highlight your cue line
Not only should you memorize your line, but you should also memorize the lines that lead into yours! The line before yours is called your "cue line." I like to use a different color highlighter for cue lines in my scripts. Knowing your cue lines will help you deliver your lines confidently and in a timely fashion. Extra tip: Quiz yourself! Take a small piece of paper and cover up your lines as you go through your script, so only your cue line is visible. No peeking!
3. Practice in the mirror
Practice your lines in a mirror and observe your physicality. Ask yourself: "How would your character stand?" "What do their facial expressions look like?" "Does this person tend to be happy, sad, confident, shy, silly, strict, etc.?" Seeing yourself in the mirror is a great way to see how you will present yourself in front of an audience. Extra tip: Practice a ton of different physical choices! Explore all of your options before you settle on just one.
4. Write your lines out onto paper
This is a GREAT memorization tool. Write each of your lines down on paper. Doing so will make your brain connect the action of writing down your lines to seeing your lines on paper. Extra tip: Write your lines onto index cards and quiz yourself later!
5. Practice with a friend/parent
It can be fun to practice your lines with a friend. Have them read the other characters' lines so that you can respond with your lines. Bonus points if this friend is in Mary Poppins with you! Practicing with a fellow actors is a great way to solidify the material in your mind. Remembering choreography and blocking is much easier with two people!
6. Listen to your music even when you're not practicing
Sitting down and memorizing every song can take a long time. You can make it fun! Listen to your materials when you're cleaning your room, coloring/making art, eating lunch, etc. When you listen to something over and over again, your brain can't help but become more familiar with it.
Which of these tricks will you use to be ready to go for the Mary Poppins shows?