Contributed by Valley Performing Arts
Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins
3/30/2018 – 4/22/2018
Fridays & Saturdays @7PM, Sundays @2PM
Valley Performing Arts
The Glenn Massay Theater
E 8295 College Dr. Palmer
Tickets: $23 Students/Seniors, $25 General
Valley Performing Arts has been entertaining the community with an eclectic mix of dramas, comedies and musicals for over 40 years. For certain, everyone has their favorite show (or shows!), and when asked to share, very often they’ll tell you about their favorite musical.
VPA is well-known for its quality live musical productions – from smaller shows like “The Fantasticks” and “The Marvelous Wonderettes” to large-scale productions like “The Wizard of Oz”, “Elf: The Musical” and “Beauty and the Beast”, and each is performed with much care and attention to detail.
Musicals have been referred to as “the full meal deal” because they have everything (singing, dancing and acting), and often the characters are so memorable and larger than life…Who can forget “The Cowardly Lion” or “Cogsworth” the talking clock?
VPA’s production of “Mary Poppins” will definitely be a “filling meal” for all of the senses, with all of the characters they we’ve grown to love and the songs that have become part of the fabric of our life. When the curtains open at The Glenn Massay Theater on Friday, March 30th, the audience will know instantly that they’ve been transported someplace else and to a different time altogether.
From the first song to the last dance step, and from the Banks’ home to the London Park, people will be dazzled by the trip and better for the journey. This Broadway musical has elements from the best-loved Disney movie and also incorporates things from the stories of P.L. Travers, so there will be many familiar sights, plus a few surprises along the way. Rest assured that Mary, Bert and the entire Banks family will be there, along with some new friends and new sights to ensure that a fun time will be had by all.
“Mary Poppins” is the first show that Valley Performing Arts has done at the Massay Theater, and just like productions at their own theatre, they’re pulling out all of the stops. With the assistance of 90 dedicated and hardworking cast and crew volunteers, Director Larry Bottjen has created a show that will indeed be memorable on both sides of the curtain. This main stage production will showcase the talents of some of the most gifted individuals that the Valley and Anchorage have to offer with huge hand-painted back drops, several custom-built set pieces and hundreds of custom-made and one-of-a-kind costume pieces – all part of the “Mary Poppins” canvas that will also include wonderfully choreographed dance sequences, heartwarming vocal numbers and well-known character interactions that will inspire and delight all ages. A talented 18+ member orchestra will accompany best-known songs like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “A Spoonful of Sugar” and big dance numbers like “Step in Time”, and are just some of the treats that lie in store for theatregoers.
“Mary Poppins” will run from Friday, March 30th, to Sunday, April 22nd, with show times of 7PM on Fridays and Saturdays and 2PM matinees on Sundays, with two special Saturday matinees also included in the mix.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.valleyperformingarts.org or by phone through the VPA office at 373-0195. Ticket vouchers can also be purchased at the Three Bears store located at Four Corners on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. Get your tickets early, so you don’t miss this great family presentation!