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Delaney Hunter (Mary Poppins) in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS JR. at Stages Theatre Company. Photo by Fischeye Films.

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS JR.

NOVEMBER 16-DECEMBER 27, 2018   (ALL AGES)

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It’s a JOLLY HOLIDAY with Mary!

Original Music and lyrics by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh. A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film

Join us this holiday season for a practically perfect experience for the entire family! “It’s a jolly holiday with Mary” in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. Step in Time with everyone’s favorite nanny and share the magical transformation of the Banks family with your family this holiday.

RUN TIME: Approximately 80 MINUTES, including a 10 minute intermission.

MUSICAL

See an extra special performance on Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 at 2:30pm

This production is sponsored by JERRY’S FOODS. See a special in-store performance on Dec 9 from 10a-11a @ Jerry’s Food’s in Edina.

SPECIAL APPEARANCES

Tuesday, 11/27/18 – 10am-12n –  Mall of America Toddler Tuesday  – MORE INFO

CAST

In alphabetical order: Kimora Collins (Katie Nanna), Aidan Einhorn (Ensemble), Gretchen Emo (Winnifred), Sofia M Fraser (Ensemble), Riley Gamades (Michael), Jonathan Grommesh (Chairman Of The Bank), Ian Handeland (Bert), Grant Hudson (Ensemble), Delaney Hunter (Mary Poppins), Sayer Keeley (Messenger), Indra Khariwala (Ensemble), Samara Koshiol (Mrs Corry), Chase Kozak (Robertson), Ella Kozak (Ensemble), Caroline Lyngen (Mrs Brill), Jackson Lyon (Von Hussler), Chloe McMahon (Mrs Smythe), Brittany Parker (Mrs Andrews), Caiah Rodgers (Bird Woman), Asgerami Semkoff (Ensemble), Medi Semkoff (Ensemble), Zachary Thomas Sullivan (John Northbrook & Policeman), Brent Teclaw (George), Josie Turk (Jane), and Tad Williamson (Neleus)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Sandy Boren-Barrett
Director & Choreographer: Michael Matthew Ferrell
Stage Manager: Cody R Braudt
Set Designer: Sarah Brandner
Lighting Designer: Jeff Brown
Costume & Make-Up Designer: Samantha Fromm Haddow
Technical Director: Gretchen Katt
Assistant Stage Manager: Andi Mickle
Sound Designer: Alan Pagel
Production Manager: Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Prop Designer: Laura Wilhelm
Assistant Choreographer: Krysti Wiita
Music Director: Kimberly Willow

DATES + SHOWTIMES

Friday, November 16 7 PM
Saturday, November 17 1 PM
Sunday, November 18 1 PM & 4 PM
Friday, November 23 1 PM & 7PM
Saturday, November 24 10 AM & 1 PM
Sunday, November 25 1 PM & 4 PM

Wednesday, November 28 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, November 29 10 AM & 7 PM
Friday, November 30 7 PM
Saturday, December 1 2:30 PM  – Special SNOWBALL Fundraiser Performance
Sunday, December 2 1 PM & 4 PM

Wednesday, December 5 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, December 6 10 AM
Friday, December 7 10 AM & 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 8 10 AM & 1 PM
Sunday, December 9 1 PM

Wednesday, December 12 10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, December 13 10 AM & 7 PM
Friday, December 14 7 PM
Saturday, December 15 10 AM & 1 PM
Sunday, December 16  1 PM & 4 PM

Wednesday, December 19  10 AM & 12:30 PM
Thursday, December 20  10 AM & 7 PM
Friday, December 21  7 PM
Saturday, December 22  10 AM & 1 PM
Sunday, December 23  1 PM & 4 PM

Wednesday, December 26  10 AM & 1 PM
Thursday, December 27  10 AM & 1 PM

 

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In this section you will find:

  • SHOW BACKGROUND – See below
  • TIPS & RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW

TIPS & RESOURCES TO ENJOY THE SHOW

FAMILY STUDY GUIDE

EDUCATOR’S STUDY GUIDE COMING SOON!

SHOW BACKGROUND

Original Music and lyrics by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh. A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film

MEET THE DIRECTORS: 

Sandy Boren-BarrettSandy Boren-Barrett  (Director & Artistic Director)

 An accomplished director, Boren-Barrett has directed more than 60 productions at STC, which include many new works, such as Twelve Dancing Princesses by The Brothers Grimm, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky, based on the books by Grace Lin, and the ballet collaborations of Owl Moon and The Snow Queen. Sandy has also directed such family favorites as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Annie Jr. and Shrek the Musical.


Michael Matthew Ferrell (Associate Director / Choreographer)  

Michael is a three time Ivey Award Winner. He was also named the 2016, 2015 & 2010 Choreographer of the Year by Lavender Magazine. Ferrell was awarded the AARP “50 Over 50: Disruptor Award” and the WCCO “Making A Difference Award” for his work with Alive & Kickin, the Senior Rock & Roll Ensemble. He work has been seen in most of the major theaters in the Twin Cities including, Artistry, Theater Latte Da, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, The Ordway Center for the Arts, Park Square Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, The Duluth Playhouse,The Minnesota Opera Company and the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Awards to name a few.

THE SHOW CREATORS

P.L. Travers (Original Story Author) P.L. Travers was born Helen Lyndon Goff on August 9, 1899, in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. Her mother, Margaret Agnes Morehead, was the sister of the Premier of Queensland. Her father, Travers Goff died when she was 7. After her father’s death she, her mother and sisters moved to New South Wales to live with a great aunt. She lived there for 10 years, although boarded at Sydney’s Normanhurst Girls School during World War I.

Travers had a rich fantasy life and loved fairy tales and animals, often calling herself a hen. She was a precocious reader as a child and her writing talents emerged during her teens, when she began publishing poems in Australian periodicals.

Adopting the stage name Pamela (popular at the time) Lyndon Travers, she gained a modest reputation as a dancer and Shakespearean actress. Her wealthy relatives, however, did not approve and she left for London, England, to seek the literary life.

Having begun her journalism career in Australia, Travers was able to parlay her voyage into travel stories for homeland papers. Once in England, she began publishing articles and poems in various papers. Travers’s first published book, Moscow Excursion (1934), utilized her travel-writing experience, but the book that would make her famous followed close on its heels.

Recovering from a lung ailment in the country, she regaled two visiting children with tales of a magical nanny, complete with a parrot-head umbrella as a form of transportation and the ability to have tea parties on the ceiling

She published the story, Mary Poppins, in 1934, and it was an instant success. Seven more books in the series followed over the ensuing years: Mary Poppins Comes Back (1935), Mary Poppins Opens the Door (1943), Mary Poppins in the Park (1952), Mary Poppins From A to Z (1962), Mary Poppins in the Kitchen (1975), Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane (1982), with the last being Mary Poppins and the House Next Door in 1988, all with illustrations by Mary Shepard (daughter of the original illustrator of Winnie-the-Pooh.)s

Despite the success of the Poppins books, Travers continued to write other material—young adult novels, a play, essays and lectures on mythology and symbols—partly because she feared not being taken seriously as a writer. She also served as writer-in-residence at colleges such as Radcliffe and Smith. The 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins made Travers immensely wealthy, though she reportedly wept at the premiere. She lived to age 96, dying in London on April 23, 1996.     Courtesy of www.biography.com

THE SHERMAN BROTHERS: RICHARD M. & ROBERT B. ORIGINAL MUSIC & LYRICS

The brothers Richard M. Sherman (December 19, 1925 – March 6, 2012) and Robert B. Sherman (June 12, 1928) were a prolific and formidable American songwriting duo, specializing in musical films. According to the official Walt Disney Company website, “the Sherman Brothers were responsible for more motion picture musical song scores than any other songwriting team in film history.” Some of the their best known songs were incorporated into live action and animation musical films including: Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Slipper and the Rose, Charlotte’s Web, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and The Aristocats. Their best-known work, however, remains the theme park song It’s a Small World (After All). A song, that according to Time.com, is the most performed song of all time.

In 1965, the Sherman Brothers won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, which includes the songs “Feed the Birds,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and the Oscar-winning “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” After 1965, the Sherman Brothers subsequently earned nine Academy Award nominations, two Grammy Awards, four Grammy Award nominations, and 23 gold- and platinum-certified albums.    Courtesy of www.mtishows.com

JULIAN FELLOWS  (BOOK WRITER) – Educated at Ampleforth and Magdalene College, Cambridge, Julian Fellowes is a multi-award-winning actor, writer, director and producer. As creator, sole writer and executive producer of the hit television series Downton Abbey, Fellowes has won three Emmy awards and a Golden Globe.

Fellowes received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Gosford Park (2002). His work was also honored by the Writer’s Guild of America, the New York Film Critics’ Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for Best Screenplay. Other writing credits for film include Piccadilly Jim(2004), Vanity Fair (2004), Young Victoria (2009), The Tourist(2010), Romeo & Juliet (2013), and the three-part drama Doctor Thorne. Fellowes also wrote and directed the award-winning films Separate Lies and From Time to Time. Fellowes wrote the books for the Tony-nominated stage production of Mary Poppins and for School of Rock: The Musical which opened on Broadway in December 2015, and was written and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Fellowes has authored two novels: the international bestsellers Snobs 2005) and Past Imperfect (2008). He became a life peer in 2011 and lives in Dorset and London with his wife, Emma.     Courtesy of www.mtishows.com

GEORGE STILES & ANTHONY DREWE   (NEW SONGS & ADDITIONAL MUSIC & LYRICS)   George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Stiles and Drewe) are a multi award-winning musical theatre writing partnership. Writing credits include Honk! (National / UK Tour / Worldwide); Mary Poppins (West End / Broadway / Worldwide); The Wind in the Willows (UK Tour and West End); Cameron Mackintosh’s new version of Half A Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre / West End); Travels With My Aunt (Minerva Theatre, Chichester); Betty Blue Eyes (West End / UK Tour); Just So (Tricycle / Chichester Festival Theatre / Worldwide); Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure (West Yorkshire Playhouse / Birmingham Rep / Royal Festival Hall / Worldwide); Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre / in concert at the Queen’s Theatre); The Three Little Pigs(West End / UK Tour and International Tour); Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Singapore Rep).

Awards include the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical for Honk!, three of the top prizes at the Musical of the Year Awards for Peter Pan and The Three Musketeers, the TMA Best Musical Award (Moll Flanders), The Straits Times Award for Best Musical (A Twist of Fate) and the first ever Vivian Ellis Prize (Just So). Mary Poppins has won 45 major theatre awards around the globe including Tony, Olivier, Helpmann and London Evening Standard Awards. Laurence Olivier nominations include Mary Poppins and Betty Blue Eyes.

Stiles and Drewe’s passion for new musical theatre writing is recognized via the annual Stiles and Drewe Prize for Best New Song, and their new Mentorship Award supported by Music Theatre International (Europe). They are also founding board members of Mercury Musical Developments (MMD), Associate Artists at The Watermill Theatre and patrons of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and The Musical Theatre Academy (MTA)    Courtesy of www.mtishows.com 

CAMERON MACKINTOSH  (CO-CREATOR)   For over 50 years Cameron Mackintosh has been producing more musicals than anyone else in history, including the three longest-running musicals of all time: Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and CATS. Joining this list of legendary titles, his co-production with Disney of Mary Poppins continues to break records and disperse her magic globally. Following its huge recent success in the West End, his new production of Miss Saigon is now playing a National Tour of the UK and will tour in North America later this year whilst the much loved Kinky Boots, co-produced by Cameron in the West End and in Australia, continues to kick up its heels.

Cameron also enjoys producing new versions of classics including Oliver!, My Fair Lady, the longest running production ever of Follies and recently reinventing Half a Sixpence in the West End to great acclaim. Other original musicals he has produced include Little Shop of Horrors, Side By Side By Sondheim, Martin Guerre, Betty Blue Eyes, and The Witches of Eastwick.

Cameron, with Working Title and Universal, produced the award-winning film version of Les Misérables. A film of the 25th Anniversary performance of the new stage production of Miss Saigon was screened in cinemas worldwide in 2016.

He owns eight West End theatres: Prince of Wales, Gielgud, Queen’s, Wyndham’s, Noël Coward, Novello and Prince Edward, all of which have been spectacularly refurbished, and the recently acquired Victoria Palace which, following a major rebuild and restoration, reopened at the end of last year with the award winning American musical, Hamilton.

He is also the co-owner of Music Theatre International, the world’s largest library of secondary rights of many of the greatest musicals ever written. Cameron was knighted in the 1996 New Year’s Honours for his services to the British Thetre and has recently been the first British producer elected to Broadway’s Theater Hall of Fame. In 1990, Cameron inaugurated the Chair of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine’s College in Oxford University, currently held by Sir Tom Stoppard.    Taken from www.mtishows.com

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR.
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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