Tacoma Musical Playhouse announces its last musical of the 2015 -2016 season MARY POPPINS based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Disney movie MARY POPPINS. The musical will play July 8-31, 2016 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm.
Mary Poppins is a musical based on the book series by P.L. Travers of the same name and, more notably, the 1964 musical film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven TONY awards, including Best Musical.All the great songs will be there including: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cheree,” “Feed the Birds,”?and all the rest.
ZFX Flying Effects
TMP has hired ZFX Flying Effects out of Louisville to help Mary Poppins fly over the audience; and Bert, will be able to flip upside down in order to dance on the ceiling.
About P.L. Travers
Helen Lyndon Goff adopted the stage name Pamela Lyndon Travers (P.L. Travers) early on in her life. Pamela was a popular name at the time and Travers was the name of her father, who had passed away when she was only a child. Travers had a love for not only journalism but mythology and fairy tales as well. Throughout her lifetime she published many books, her most well-known being MARY POPPINS, a story about two children and their magical nanny.
Meet the Cast
Caelan Creaser (Mary Poppins)
This is Caelan’s debut at TMP. Her credits include New Voices Seattle 16, Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy) and Beauty and the Beast (Belle) and at the Ridge Theatre, Legally Blonde (Elle) with Kentridge Players. Caelan will be transferring from Ithaca College in NY to Arizona State University this fall to finish up her double major in Musical Theatre and Communications. ?www.caelancreaser.com
Harry Turpin (Bert)
Harry is an award-winning director and choreographer, having directed and choreographed productions of The Who’s Tommy, Sweet Charity and The Pajama Game. He has performed across the US in shows including The King and I (Lun Tha), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad), The Diviners (CC. Showers), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), and Crazy for You (CustusQ), with?his most recent role as Bobby in Company.?For TMP, Harry wrote the original score to the murder mystery, Bedlam at the Burgurhaus! and was recently seen in Murder al Dente. Harry has also served as a director and choreographer for Flat Stanley for TMP Family Theater. For more information on Harry check out www.harryturpin.com
Additional Cast Members:
Summer Mays & Amelia Stiles (Shared) (Jane Banks)
Ian Bartlett (Michael Banks)
Jonathan Bill (George Banks)
Carrie Sleeper-Bowers (Winifred Banks)
Erik Furuheim (Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman)
Kathy Kluska (Katie Nanna)
Gwen Trussler (Miss Andrew)
Brittany Henderson (Miss Lark)
Stacie Hart (Mrs. Brill)
Megan Worthen (Mrs. Corry)
Kellen O’Brien (Neleus)
Jake Atwood (Robertson Ay)
Diane Bozzo (Bird Woman)
Jeremy Force (Park Keeper)
Brian Cox (Von Hussler)
Nick Clawson (John Northbrook)
Heather Arneson, Maggie Barry, Roycen Daley, James Fesalbon,
Bradley Fujimoto, Brittany Griffins, Jill Heinicke, Megan Hicks,
The Creative Team Includes:
Jon Douglas Rake (Managing Artistic Director and Co-Choreographer), Jeff Strvtecky (Musical Director), John Chenault (Lighting Designer), Bruce Haasl (Technical Director/Set Designer) and?Jocelyne?Fowler (Costume Manager).
MARY POPPINS?plays at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Avenue, Tacoma, WA.
Friday & Saturday, 8:00PM
Saturdays & Sundays, 2:00PM
Senior, Military, Students $29.00
Children (12 & under) $22.00
Groups of 10 or more $27.00
All Seating is Reserved
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at TMP’s Box Office located at 7116 Sixth Avenue, by phone at 253-565-6867, and online at ?www.tmp.org.? Box office is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM.
Behind the Curtain
Prior to each TMP Mainstage production is a FREE 90 minute preview presentation. These interactive presentations are designed to enhance the theater-going experience of audience members, whether familiar with the show or not. Attendees will be provided with an enlightening introduction into the history and impact of the story and its creators, the varied technical efforts of TMP to produce each particular show in this theater, and musical highlights presented by the cast.
This preview also serves to assist parents in educating their children about an upcoming production and the theater-going experience as a whole.
Behind the Curtain! at TMP for MARY POPPINS, July 3, 2016, is held at 7:00 PM on the week prior to the opening of the Mainstage show.
About the Tacoma Musical Playhouse
The Tacoma Musical Playhouse is a non-profit arts organization, and is the largest community theater in the Pacific Northwest. TMP programs are made possible, in part, by funds from ArtsFund, and Tacoma Arts Commission. TMP is a member of the American Association of Community Theatre and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Special thanks to TMP’s 2015 – 2016 season sponsors including Ben B. Cheney Foundation, The Dimmer Family Foundation, Edward Jones (Jason Light), The Florence B. Kilworth Foundation, The Gottfried & Mary Fuchs Foundation, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Heritage Distilling Co., Horizons Foundation and Pierce County Arts Commission.