Mary Poppins
A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman 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

Performed December 2015
(December 27-30, 2015)
at the Ron Maslin Playhouse
(6 performances: a children's play)

Directed by Sonia Francis


CAST

Ensemble Ainsley Ljungstrom
Admiral Boom Alan Bauld
Mrs Brill Allison Harris
Miss Andrew Allison Houston
In Ensemble Amelia Abell
Jane Amy Osborne
In Ensemble Ben Ljungstrom
Ensemble/Toy Carolyn Thomson
Katie Nanna/Ensemble Danielle Girard
Neleus/Valentine David Francis
Ensemble/Frannie Genna Sylvain
Bank Chairman Iain McCracken
Mrs Corry Ilona Henkelman
Dance Ensemble Jared Wagner
Bird Woman Jennifer Ljungstrom
Ensemble Jenny McCracken
Policeman/von Hussler Jim Clarke
Ensemble Jonas Jacobson
Dance Ensemble Jonathan Francis
Bert Kendrick Abell
Miss Lark Kim Knight
Ensemble/Toy Kristine Shadid
Mary Poppins Lisa Wagner
Queen Victoria Lori Simeone
Miss Smythe Lori Sops
Winnifred Banks Lorraine McInnis
Park Keeper Lyall Brown
Robertson Ay Malcolm McCracken
Ensemble Megan Freeman
George Banks Mike Hammond
Northbrook Paul Behncke
In Ensemble Rory Haley
Ensemble/Annie Samantha Brown
In Ensemble Stephanie Hammond
Michael Thomas Francis
Ensemble Parker Ljungstrom
Ensemble Gillian McCracken
Ensemble Danika Gareau

 

PRODUCTION CREW

Production Manager Ron Gardner
Assistant to the Director Dana Mercer
Stage Manager Wendy Wagner
Assistant Stage Managers Karen Tremblay
Debbie Wright
Music Director Allison Houston
assisted by Lori Sops
Choreographer Amy Ash
assisted by Megan Freeman
Set Design/Construction Chief Jim Clarke
assisted by Spencer Collins
Dean Flockton
Ron Gardner
Bert Ljungstrom
Jim McIlquham
Justin Peacock
Marko Pilic
James Renaud
Heidi Roberts
Andre Sylvain
Karl Wagner
Stewart Zeyl
Set Painting

Karen Germundson
Stewart Zeyl
Sandy Wynne
Carolyn Thomson
Ainsley Ljungstrom
Heidi Roberts
Jim Clarke

Set Décor & Furnishings Jim Clarke
Helen Weeden
Costume Designer Martha Johnstone
assisted by Kathryn Clarke
Mary Holmes
Dresser Chrissy Feldman
assisted by Amy Ash
Megan Cantellow
Neihls Jacobson
Sara Jacobson
Christina Johnston
Gillian McCracken
Dana Mercer
Dorothy Shaw
Susan Sinchak
Kindell Tolmie
Sound Design Mike Bosnich
assisted by Ousmane "Sonny" Amadou
Samuel Jones
Recordings Robert Fairbairn
Microphones Justin LaDelpha
Lighting Design Ron Francis
assisted by Elliot Flockton
Evan Nearing
Special Effects Andrew Williams
Theresa William
Properties Lisa Adams
assisted by Carolyne Gareau
Danika Gareau
Kim Knight
Ainsley Ljungstrom
Jen Ljungstrom
Anna Peacock
Justin Peacock
Continuity Wendy Wagner
Ann Williams
assisted by Sonia Francis
Make-up Clare Flockton
assisted by Joan Amyot
Abbey Flockton
Shelley Jean Harrison
Sandy Wynne
Hairstylist Tiara Wallace
Green Room Jen Ljungstrom
assisted by Lisa Adams
Karen Tremblay
Debbie Wright
Publicity Susan Sinchak
assisted by Katie Buller
Chrissy Feldman
Emily Walsh
Programme Wendy Wagner
Box Office Gordon Marwood
Refreshments Whynn Bosnich
House Manager Betty Francis

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

Having the opportunity to live with Mary Poppins intimately for over a year, I feel a relationship with the story that I am keen to share. It is a beautiful magical story about a family that has lost a connection with each other: children who want nothing more than a relationship with their parents and a couple who has to remember to look for and nurture the person with whom they fell in love.

Finding the magic and the beauty in the world around you is the key. The familiarity of the characters along with the songs and music in Mary Poppins, give us a sense that this musical must be a ‘classic’. Mary Poppins the musical stage show, was in fact first presented in 2004. While based on the much-loved character of Mary Poppins, it is not a direct adaptation of the Disney film but rather a fusion of the stories by P.L. Travers, and the 1964 Disney movie with original updated elements. Much of the music comes from the Walt Disney movie, with some important additions. There is a return to the darker side of childhood, that is more in keeping with the original stories. Playing the Game and the character Miss Andrew are two such elements. Mrs. Corry and her ‘Talking Shop’ are more light hearted additions to the musical.

“Anything can happen if you let it”. As Director of this wonderful, magical and large production, the many words of wisdom from Mary Poppins have been a constant source of support and guidance to me. I have been continually struck by the poignancy and relevance of the many phrases and sayings that are scattered throughout this story. Thank you to cast and crew for loving me and supporting me in this journey. So, in the words of Mary Poppins...

~ With every job when it’s complete, there is a sense of bittersweet, that moment when you know the task is done. Though in your heart you’d like to stay to help things on their way, you’ve always known, they must do it alone..

~ We won’t forget you, Mary Poppins. We’ll never forget...