Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical by Cameron Mackintosh and Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) is a delightful phase version of the beloved Disney motion picture. Directed by Chapman Shields, the Freeland Middle for the Undertaking Arts in Bristow, Okay presents this musical as section of their Onstage at the Freeland series.
The huge cast of largely (15+) Bristow community users exhibits up and proves that “anything can come about if you allow it”. Sensible moves are made by Shields and corporation for casting expert actors in the two lead roles. Brooke Melton as Mary and Gavin Thomas Drew as Bert elevate the exhibit from exciting group celebration to skilled theatre production. Melton is crisp and appropriate, basically best as the magical nanny. She provides her strains of dialogue with a mischievous shoulder shimmy, a lovable gesture that provides individuality to this iconic character. Drew as Bert is charmingly Cockney, with the strongest accent of any solid member. He’s the fourth-wall breaker and narrator, and he dances and sings with unending electrical power.
Lauren Reece as Mrs. Banking companies and Ethan Kel Hunter as Mr. Banking institutions are dynamic and believable. Reece has a remarkable voice and a captivating phase existence. Hunter is stern and transferring, serving as the turning place for the family members. Reece remains the gracious wife, even when her husband is fewer forgiving. Likewise, Hunter learns to rediscover the childhood he dropped.
Choreography by Kara Stagier is sturdy and works by using the phase nicely, filling it with just one iconic quantity just after the other. The tap dancing is missing in “Stage in Time”, arguably the most spectacular quantity in the Broadway variation. A different letdown will come in Act II, the would-be second of magical discovery when Mary Poppins opens her umbrella and flies away. But in this generation, Mary will not fly. This scene is the motive people today come to this display, and it truly is disappointing that this production isn’t going to endeavor it. Budget and time constraints could be a aspect, but it can be value it to go to whichever lengths essential to dedicate to this scene and do it properly.
Mary Poppins is nostalgic with its musical numbers and the ensemble pulls each individual one off with a smile, recreating memorable times and sparking new ones. Tunes like “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” are brought to daily life on stage, and this forged is lively and fresh. Carmen Bruner is a Showstopper in “Feed The Birds”, and Drew shines in “Let us Go Fly a Kite”. Audio Path by Melissa Corridor is polished. All the musical figures, each familiar and new, are immensely enjoyable and virtually flawless.
Dakota Norman is placing as Von Hussler and Miss Andrew. The Banks youngsters are portrayed with poise by Annie Grizzle as Jane and Wake Tidwell as Michael. Autumn Manus is zany and animated as Mrs. Brill, stealing every single scene. Stacey Shields is robust and lively as Conversing Shop proprietor Mrs. Corry.
Finishing the tricky-doing work solid is Mackinsey Darrough as Katie Nanna & Nelus, Gary Daughtry as Parker Keeper, Jaxie Sargent as Overlook Lark, Keith Symcox as Admiral Boom, Hunter Remington as Robertson Aye, and Aaliyah Givings as Queen Victoria. John Tidwell is the Lender Chairman, Jessica Colbert is Overlook Smythe, Patrick Lupp is North Brooke, Carly Junod is Fannie, Kendal Hurley is Annie, and Gabrielle Wilson is a Chimney Sweep.
Mary Poppins is a triumphant feat of musical theatre, and it’s not without having difficult perform and perseverance that this theatre business accomplishes it. It’s two stable hrs of huge scale musical figures that are effectively known to every person in the viewers. There are large shoes to fill, and this cast fills them in the most delightful way. This manufacturing is truly an case in point of what can be accomplished when a local community arrives alongside one another with 1 prevalent goal. What a pretty group it should be! Bristow, Oklahoma is putting themselves on the map.
Disney musicals by no means are unsuccessful to contact our hearts, instruct us a thing about loving each and every other, and remind us that existence is additional enjoyable and worthwhile when we glimpse for the small issues. Childhood is magical, and after a several minutes with Mary Poppins and The Banking companies family members, we all truly feel like kids again.
Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical shut June 26th, 2021. For much more information and facts on the Freeland Center’s upcoming productions, pay a visit to The Freeland Middle on Facebook.