It’s a Jolly Holiday with Mary! ‘Mary Poppins’ Sweeps into the Playhouse

Everyone’s favorite nanny, the “practically perfect in every way” Mary Poppins, flies onto the Playhouse stage just in time for holidays. The stage version is based on P.L. Travers beloved books and the wonderfully whimsical Disney 1964 film version with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Number 17, Cherry Tree Lane, is all in a dither as George and Winifred Banks’ naughty children, Jane and Michael, have sent yet another nanny packing. Enter Mary Poppins, flying in on her umbrella with her magical carpetbag of tricks, and life changes in every possible way for the family.

Taken during a tech rehearsal of MARY POPPINS.

Taken during a tech rehearsal of MARY POPPINS.

With Mary’s colorful friends Bert, the chimney sweep, the Bird Woman, and Mrs. Corry at her gingerbread and “talking” shop, where the children first learn the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Jane and Michael Banks and the audience go on one delightful adventure after another.

Playhouse favorite Ali Littrell Finstrom is thrilled to be playing the title role. “Like many, I grew up with the movie. I remember running around the house as a little girl singing the songs. It is a childhood dream come true to get to live in Mary’s world. I feel honored to get to play such an amazing role alongside a wonderful cast and crew, with a superb director leading us. I hope that this production of Mary Poppins will be one that Playhouse audiences will remember for years to come!”

Twin Cities-based director Michael Ferrell, who has previously directed White Christmas and Anything Goes for the Playhouse, is back in town, after directing Hairspray at Artistry in Bloomington and Oliver for Theater Latte Da in Minneapolis.

“I love the community of actors, the professionalism, and the high quality in standards and ethics at the Playhouse, not to mention the character of city. Duluth has a strong pool of very talented actors. We were fortunate to have exactly the right people come audition,” Michael shares.

He is excited about the bells and whistles that the Playhouse has in store for the show. “Without giving away all of the magical moments, you can expect to see Mary fly and a group of chimney sweeps leaping from rooftop to rooftop.”

Michael says, “I loved the original Disney film. It was geared towards families. The new musical still revolves around the magical world of Mary Poppins. It is a great holiday show because it is a story about a family coming together.”


Mary and Bert during a recent tech rehearsal of MARY POPPINS.

This article first appeared in the November 2015 issue of the Duluth Playhouse’s bi-monthly newsletter, The Callboard, and was written by Sheryl Jensen.

Are tickets still available?

Our production of Mary Poppins is completely SOLD OUT.

Wait Lists have been started for each performance, and we highly recommend getting your name on the list for the performance(s) of your choice. If tickets become available, we start at the top of the list and call until the available tickets are claimed. No guarantee of seat placement or seat availability.

Mary Poppins performs December 3-20, 2015 (Wed-Sat @ 7:30pm | Sat & Sun @ 2pm).


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