Christ Wesleyan Theatre Productions to present ‘Mary Poppins’

MILTON — If someone is spotted flying by after proclaiming that she is “practically perfect,” chances are it is Mary Poppins.

Christ Wesleyan Theatre Productions encourages theatregoers to spot “Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical” at its 7 p.m. performances on Sept. 6-7, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows on Sept. 8, or its 2 p.m. finale on Sept. 9.

“Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical” will be staged at the auditorium of the Christ Wesleyan Church, 363 Stamm Road.

Set in 1910 London, Mary’s merry adventure takes off when she lands in a dysfunctional household, and becomes the nanny of the Banks’ two young children. With a bit of magic, whimsy and a little help from Mary’s friend Bert, the Banks’ children learn some valuable lessons — and so do their parents.

Ryan Brosious is the Worship Arts Pastor, and as the show’s director he confirms that “Mary Poppins” was selected for a couple of reasons. First, it is a show whose content makes it comfortable for all ages. Secondly, the production is one whose message is clearly consistent with the church’s mission.

Having attended a rehearsal, it’s apparent that his assessment of “Mary Poppins” as a big, ambitious production may actually be an understatement.

With reportedly the largest number ever assembled for a production, the cast and crew of “Mary Poppins” totals in the high 80s.

The musical includes special effects, with a professional rigging company training the staff for the flying of five of the show’s characters.

Adapted from the classic 1964 Disney film, “Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical” has a toe-tapping score, according to Ryan Brosious, who is also the show’s musical director. The familiar tunes include: “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, “Feed the Birds”, “Let’ s Go Fly a Kite”, “A Spoonful of Sugar”, and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

Carole Brosious is the assistant director, whom Ryan Brosious credits for her valuable assistance in performing a multitude of tasks back stage.

Devin Ilgenfritz coordinates the cast’s high-energy routines as the dancing and blocking choreographer.

Heading the large cast are Danielle Sommers as Mary and Moses Alvarez as Bert. Veteran performers, both Sommers and Alvarez appeared in the 2016 Christ Wesleyan Theatre Productions’ version of “Titanic,” and 2017’s “A Christmas Carol: A New Musical”.

Sommers plays the magical nanny “Mary Poppins,” who is swept in on the mist and brings hope to the downtrodden Banks family. Alvarez plays Bert, a Jack of all trades, ranging from a street artist to a chimney sweep to a kite salesman.

The children’s roles will be played by Joshua Dugan, as Michael Banks, and Olivia Heise, as Jane Banks. Jayar Rhoades and Leah Kloostra understudy the roles of the Banks children.

Doug Rapson plays the cranky father George Banks, with Crystal Swope as the often distracted mother Winifred Banks.

“Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical” is played in two acts, with a 30-minute intermission.

With genuine charm, the high-flying musical promises to provide lots of entertainment — “in a most delightful way.”

For more information, call 570-742-8987.

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