Mary Poppins the Musical Takes Stage in Fleetwood

Fleetwood Community Theatre is proud to announce the opening of Mary Poppins on July 19, 2018.  The production will play at the Fleetwood High School Auditorium, 803 N. Richmond Street, Fleetwood, for 4 performances only – Thursday July 19th, Friday July 20th, and Saturday July 21st at 7PM and Saturday July 21st at 2PM.

“Bringing the magic and emotion of Mary Poppins to Fleetwood has been a dream come true,” says Tara Sands, FCT’s Artistic Director and Theatre Vice President, and Director of the this production. “This is a story that teaches everyone to look past a person’s wardrobe, career, and status because sometimes the “best people” really are not the best.”

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The Banks family has lost another nanny.  Jane and Michael are just too much for a normal person to handle, and George – their father – expects nothing but the best.  Jane and Michael have a different version of the best nanny – one who will play games, tell stories, and love them as if they were her own children.  Winifred – the mother- is trying so hard to please everyone that she has lost sight of whom she really is too.  But more obviously, George and Winifred have lost sight of what and who is really important, family.

Mary Poppins arrives to guide this lost family back to the right path.  She and an old friend, Bert, take the children on several play dates in the park, to the bank, the cathedral and even to the rooftops!  The children quickly learn that things are really different with Mary Poppins around.  Nothing is as it appears.  But all this fun still isn’t getting Jane and Michael what they really want – attention from Mum and Da.

Ultimately, Mary’s magic makes everything right again.  Miss Andrew is tossed to the wind, George’s decisions at work were actually the correct choices, and Winifred realizes she is so much more than a trophy wife.

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Mary Poppins is a musical with music and lyrics by Richard M and Robert B Sherman. The book by Julian Fellows is based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film.  New songs, music, and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh.  It debuted in London’s West End in 2004 and on Broadway in New York in 2006. Mary Poppins ran for 7 years garnering many awards during it’s initial Broadway run including a Tony for Best Scenic Design.

The production is under the direction of Tara Sands with musical direction by Matthew Hayes. Hunter-Willow Jones is the Stage Manager. Set Design and construction by Micah Wentzel, lighting design by Curtis Filchner, and sound design by Eko Productions/Albert Garcia.

Article and photo provided by Fleetwood Community Theatre.

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