LAWRENCEVILLE — After an award-winning 2014 showing, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins now becomes only the second production in Aurora Theatre history to be remounted.
The Broadway sensation will return to the Aurora Theatre stage from Aug. 18 – Sept. 11. Audiences will be dazzled as Mary and her chimney sweep sidekick Bert magically teach the Banks family the immeasurable benefits of love, joy and mutual respect. With all of the iconic moments and songs that captured audiences’ imaginations eight years ago, as well as new, magical surprises, the family-friendly musical will kick-off Aurora Theatre’s 27th season with heart and pure Broadway joy.
“When we opened the LAC, I said we were going to fly Mary Poppins over the audience if it kills me. Well, I’m still here,” said Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director Ann-Carol Pence. “It was an easy choice to decide to produce this show again. It was an audience favorite and one of mine too. My intent is to lean into joy this season, and this musical does just that. This production will be full of magic and surprise!”
The “practically perfect” Galen Crawley will reprise the title role, a performance that earned her the 2014 Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Lead Female Actor in a Musical. She will be joined by fellow 2014 Suzi Bass Award recipient Andy Meeks, who will be returning as Bert. Four talented young artists will alternate the roles of Jane and Michael Banks. Kayla Furie and Adrienne Ocfemia will play Jane, with Jai Soundar and Max Walls playing Michael. Other standout cast members include Marcus Hopkins-Turner as George Banks, Jillian Melko as Winifred Banks and Ithica Tell as Miss Andrews.
The sets, costumes and state-of-the-art effects that will allow Mary Poppins to soar through the sky are possible because of the talented professionals who create the magic behind the scenes. Under the direction of Director and Choreographer David Rossetti, this superstar team of theatremakers consists of Producing Artistic Director and Music Director Ann-Carol Pence— who took home the 2014 Suzi Bass Award for her work on the original production—, Featured Choreographer Jen MacQueen, Lighting Designer Kevin Frazier, Sound Designer Daniel Terry, Props Designer Ryan Bradburn and Scenic Designer Shannon Robert.
Aurora Theatre will be hosting Mary Poppins-themed events to coincide with the show’s run. A Mary Poppins Chalk Walk in partnership with the Lawrenceville Arts Commission will take place on Aug. 6, allowing attendees to create and display Mary Poppins chalk art—with prizes being given to the most magical pieces. On Aug. 20, Mary Poppins Dance Workshop with Dance Canvas will give dancers of all skillsets the opportunity to learn choreography from Broadway veteran and show director David Rossetti. Additionally, kids can enjoy a fun-filled Jolly Holiday Party with Mary & Bert on Sept. 11. Visit auroratheate.com for more details.
Ideal for all ages, performances of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins will run Aug. 18 – Sept. 11. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 678.226.6222.
Regular show times are as follows:
- Thursday – Saturday: 8 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday: 2:30 p.m.
*The matinee on Sept. 10 will be sensory-friendly.
An additional matinee performance will take place Wednesday, Aug 24. at 10 a.m.
At this time, Aurora Theatre will allow full capacity seating and all patrons are required to wear a mask. The specific protocols for each performance are subject to change. Please check auroratheatre.com for protocol and programming updates.
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