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Mary Poppins
a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Julian Fellowes (book), Robert M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (original songs), George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (new songs)

COMPANY : Acting UP [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Roswell United Methodist Church [WEBSITE]
ID# 4933

SHOWING : July 28, 2016 - July 31, 2016

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A supercalifragilistic musical!


CAST & CREW LIST
Miss Lark Stacy Bowers
Miss Andrew Cecilia Harrington
Bank Chairman Jeff Hayes
Mary Poppins Jennifer Hutcheson
Park Keeper Justtyn Hutcheson
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REVIEWS

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Practically Perfect
by playgoer
Sunday, July 31, 2016
4.5
The Acting UP company at Roswell United Methodist Church is putting on a bang-up production of "Mary Poppins." The talent, sets, music, and costumes rival any other community theatre in the area. The venue itself isn’t too great for shorter audience members, though, since seating on the level can easily create sightline issues, even for the raised stage on which the action takes place.

The set, designed by Cathy Denner and the late David Ledbetter, contains a LOT of pieces that move on and off with frequent set changes between scenes. This might be expected to sap momentum from the show, but each change is fully covered by music from the orchestra, led by T. Dwayne Wright, and featuring fine keyboard work from Allen Baston. The set changes are, consequently, a pleasant diversion. The main drawback of them is that many cast members are involved in the set changes, with the surprise of their costumes given away before their first entrance.

With a huge cast like this, you’d expect some very amateurish performances. There really aren’t any. Movements may not always be in total sync in the motion-filled choreography of Ashley Cahill, Cayla Franzman, Jamie Schuette, and T. Dwayne Wright, but director Rhnea Wright Ausmus has ensured that things move smoothly and that the special effects work. Mike Young’s lighting design seems to have a few too many flickering instruments in play, but the sound balance provided by Josh LeBlanc and the sound pack specialists is perfectly fine for the large auditorium. Technical aspects of the show are nicely done, including flying of Mary Poppins at a few crucial points.

The story works quite well in Acting UP’s production. The main characters all inhabit their roles with ease, with especially excellent work coming from Jennifer Hutcheson as a beautifully-voiced Mary Poppins, Evan Bauer as a mischievous and sweet-voiced Michael Banks, and Cecilia Harrington as the nefarious and golden-voiced Miss Andrew. All the Banks family (including Jon Bauer as father George, Jessica Halpin as mother Winifred, and Anna Swierski as daughter Jan) invest their characters with sufficient warmth and spirit to make them thoroughly sympathetic.

"Mary Poppins" is an ambitious undertaking for any theatre, but Acting UP proves itself more than equal to the challenge. Theatre of this quality isn’t typical of community theatre, and it’s a delight when a show exceeds expectations as completely as this one does. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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