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Saint Mary's Visual and Performing Arts Department presents Mary Poppins the musical

Saint Mary’s blockbuster theatre production of Mary Poppins played to packed houses, rave reviews, and roaring standing ovations the weekend of Feb. 21-22, 2020. 

Audiences were enchanted and wowed by the performances of a cast of some 30 young actors in this rendition of this classic and beloved story of Mary Poppins and friends. From stellar performances by the leading players, who ranged from freshman to seniors, to the energetic singing and dancing by the ensemble cast, to the skilled crew and talented musicians, Mary Poppins was truly a show we will never forget. 

Mary Poppins is a musical with music and lyrics by the Sherman brothers, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, with a script by Julian Fellowes. The musical is based on the similarly titled Mary Poppins children's books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film, and is a fusion of various elements from the two, including songs from the film.

Senior Gwyn Jones ’20, a veteran of the Pittman stage, delighted as the “practically perfect nanny,” Mary Poppins, whose last name alludes to her tendency to “pop in” and “pop out” of children's lives whenever she pleases. Matilda McCard ’21 played Bert, Mary’s jolly friend and a man of many interesting professions. A talented cast and crew of many rounded out the ensemble in this delightfully entertaining production which enjoyed successful runs on Broadway, the West End, and national tours. The show was directed by Saint Mary’s Instructor of Performing Arts and Theatre Director Michelle Murray Wells.

This was the first major theatre production in Pittman since the installation of a new state-of-the-art sound and light system funded by the most recent school auction gala, and what a difference it made! 

Congratulations, to the cast, crew, musicians, and director Michelle Wells on creating the true magic of the theatre through this spectacular show! It was perfectly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Click here for the Mary Poppins photo gallery.

Mary Poppins: Gwyn Jones
Bert: Matilda McCard
Admiral Boom and Chairman: Logan Harrison
George: Jackson Fiske
Bird Woman/Ensemble: Annabel Semans
Winifred: Pearce Burlington
Jane: Sienna Gilbert
Michael: Embree Duffy
Mrs. Brill: Aliyah Jones
Mrs. Corry: Annie T Ham
Miss Andrew: Lindsay Anne McCall
John Northbrook: Alex West
Von Hussler: Conner Lewis
Neleus/Ensemble: Cokie Daniel
Robertson Ay: Audrey Jones
Katie Nanna/Ensemble: Pipi Pi
Ensemble: Ilse Grace Thomas, Christine Wang, CC Chiavetta, Hannah Van Duyn, Sydney Sheppard, Elizabeth Smith, Caroline Smith, Rosemary Raynal, Hannah McMinn, Scarlett Strickland, Emma Claire Broome, Isabel Yates

Jennifer Moran: Conductor
Deanna Boone-Domres: Piano/Keyboard
Angela Bloemeke: Clarinet
Sofia Cimballa: Bass
Elena Evans: Flute
Nate Leyland: Cello
Vince Moss: Percussion
Lily Wang: Clarinet

Manager: Sylvie Yates

Assistant Stage Managers: Adele Harris, Jenny Nguyen

Crew Heads: Eliza Brewer, Audrey Goldfield, May Barwick, Wilder Semans, Ciara Wingfield, Keithia Robinson, Becky Chen, Hercy Shen

Documentary Creators: Adelle Johns, Vivian Sun

Tech Class: Barret Davis, Nina Ma, Darian Miller, Ava Moran, Taylor Noble, Anna Weaver, Wendy Wu, Fiona Xu

Director: Michelle Wells