Mary Poppins Takes the Stage

Cast and crew with South Burlington connections from Lyric Theatre’s spring production of Mary Poppins.

Lyric Theatre Company’s 42nd season concludes with Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins. Everyone’s favorite nanny, who is “practically perfect in every way,” takes the stage in this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. Based on the 1964 film and the classic books by P.L. Travers, and set in London in the early 1900’s, the magical Mary Poppins appears just as the wind changes to positively influence the lives of her young charges and their parents and prove that “anything can happen if you let it.” Mary Poppins will be presented on the MainStage of Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for nine performances April 1 through 3 and 7 through 10.

The stage production originated in London in 2004 before moving to Broadway where it delighted audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for seven Tony Awards. The musical is an enchanting mixture of classic story, heartwarming songs, rousing dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft, including some delightful and surprising special effects. (Mary Poppins will indeed fly!) The show was adapted for the stage by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame. The score by brothers Richard and Robert Sherman includes “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” “Step in Time,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and “Feed the Birds” from the movie as well as some new numbers written just for the stage.

Lyric’s production features an exuberant 36-member cast supported by a 16-piece orchestra, promising a memorable evening of musical theater entertainment. While the cast is in rehearsal, more than 250 additional volunteers are simultaneously working behind the scenes at Lyric’s warehouse in Williston’s Production Park. Cast and crew from South Burlington include Christopher Brown, Brad Enos, Jayden Choquette, Sarah Madeleine Connor, Sadie Jones, Rick Pingert, Andrea “Andi” Olsen, and Connie Kite.

Lyric Theatre Company is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization founded in 1974. During Mary Poppins, Lyric will be shining the spotlight on Everybody Wins! Vermont, a statewide literacy mentoring organization connecting children with their community and the love of books. For more information about Lyric Theatre Company’s Mary Poppins, including show times and ticket details, visit www.flynntix.org or www.lyrictheatrevt.org.

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