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‘Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical’ opens April 12

Mary Poppins flyer“Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical” opens Thursday, April 12 featuring music, dancing and some surprises at Burnsville High School’s Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, located at 600 E. Highway 13.

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney Co. film, Cameron Mackintosh's “Mary Poppins” introduces the troubled Banks family in 1910’s England.

Narrated by Bert, a jack of all trades, the musical sets off to the streets of London to meet the Banks family. The Banks children have just driven away the last of a string of nannies with their unruly behavior. George Banks is absent too much from the family with his work at the bank, and his wife Winifred is distracted as she tries to fit into London society unsuccessfully. Mary Poppins flies in, literally, bringing magic and whimsy along with structure and order. She takes Jane and Michael on memorable and magical activities. Mary Poppins' influence does not stop with the children but rather extends to the adults as the Banks family learns the meaning of family and that ‘anything can happen if you let it.’ 

There is loads of magic and even more dancing in the production. A highlight is a tap dance scene in which Bert (played by Jon Butler), dances up one side of the proscenium, across the top of the stage, and down the other side. 
Five students from Sioux Trail Elementary will be part of the cast in honor of the Minnesota School of Excellence Award their school received this year. The entire school will be treated to a private performance, too! 
There has been a pretty intensive research and design area for set builders, Mark VanderWoulde and Nick Wolf. In addition, there are far more scenes needed in this show than in any other in recent years.  
The cast of Mary Poppins includes the following students:
  • Bert (Jon Butler)
  • Winifred (Kelly Solberg)
  • George (Max Taylor)
  • Jane (Sofia Kemeny)
  • Michael (Sophie Herzog)
  • Mary Poppins (Kaitlin Johnson)

Directed by Amy Stead, performances run April 16 (added show),19-21 at 7 p.m., and there are matinee showings on April 21 at 2:30 p.m. and April 22 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available online beginning March 21. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door; however, it is likely that some performances will be sold out.

Tickets are $12 adults, $11 seniors and $10 students, and One91 badge holders are free.


Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 07:32