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After completing its first weekend run, Rockwall Summer Musicals production of Mary Poppins is generating a lot of buzz. With some of the most ambitious staging RSM has ever attempted, and some of the best singing to be heard this side of Broadway, this show will bring smiles to the whole family. I mean, what kid wouldnt want to see a chimney sweep walk up a wall, across the ceiling and down the opposite wall, singing the whole time? Or, how about a nasty old nanny (not Mary) being captured by a giant birdcage and carried away into the sky? What kind of grump doesnt like that stuff?
Director Rita Powers-White, her stage crew, actors and musicians have spared no effort to bring the audience a nonstop sensory experience. Over 200 costumes were created for the huge cast, and the singing and dancing come fast and furious enough to engage the most fidgety of youngsters and not-so-youngsters alike.
Ms. Poppins is masterfully portrayed by Lucy Shea, whose strong, pitch-perfect voice wowed us in RSMs “Carousel” earlier this season. She handles the role of the unflappable flying nanny with aplomb, quickly ushering us past the initial impression that she might be a little young for the part. Cody Drys Bert keeps the narrative running with singing and dancing that belie the fact that this is his first time on stage for RSM. He previously served as music director for the last two productions, “Guys and Dolls” and “Carousel”.
There are just too many more standout performances to list here. Just take our word for it that you will find no better way to spend a Friday or Saturday night, or Sunday afternoon with the family than at the Utley Performing Arts Center for a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” time. Reserve your tickets at the RSM website.
Story by Bob Lewis
photos by Mary Batchellor Nichols