Disney’s Mary Poppins Brings a Spoonful of Magic to Aurora Theatre

Aurora Theatre presents Mary Poppins

Galen Crawley (Mary Poppins) and Andy Meeks (Bert). Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus

Recent Broadway sensation, Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical, sweeps metro-Atlanta with laughter and fun to open Aurora Theatre’s 19th Season Signature Series July 17-August 31. Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the musical tells the story of everyone’s favorite “practically perfect” nanny who falls from the sky and into the hearts of the dysfunctional Banks family. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert, she teaches the family the immeasurable benefits of love, joy and mutual respect for one another one magical lesson at a time. Produced with dazzling theatrical effects and a score that includes Chim-Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar and Step in Time, rediscover the Walt Disney classic that has touched the hearts of audiences for more than 45 years.

“I have wanted to open the season with a great family musical for some time now, but had not found the perfect show – when Mary Poppins became available, I knew that we had our show,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre producing artistic director. “Through the generosity and support of two angel donors dedicated to the arts here in Gwinnett, I’m happy to say we will have the resources to bring in specialists to make actors fly, villains disappear and create the more than 200 period-specific costumes for this production. When you have individuals in your corner like Clyde and Sandra Strickland and Marshall Boutwell, anything is possible.”

A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Mary Poppins promises to be the biggest spectacle in Aurora Theatre history with a production even bigger than last season’s unparalleled hit Les Misérables. Aurora has enlisted the aid of D2 Flying Effects to help create some of the magic moments and 200 unique and period-specific costumes have been created for this production. The 28-person cast includes Galen Crawley (Shrek the Musical; Alliance Theatre) as the iconic, magical English nanny Mary Poppins.  As Mary’s artistic and mischievous sidekick Bert, is Andy Meeks (Rent; National Tour) who returns to the stage after a four-year absence to start a family and help start the company Scoutmob. The cast also includes standouts William S. Murphey as George Banks, Liza Jaine as Winifred Banks, Heidi Cline McKerley as Miss Andrew, Geoff Uterhardt as Admiral Boom, and Jessica DeMaria as Mrs. Brill.

The cast also includes four adorable youngsters who will alternate playing the Banks children with Mabel Tyler and Sarah Carroll playing Jane, and Joseph Masson and Benjamin Harding as Michael. Aurora Associate Artistic Director Justin Anderson directs and heads the talented creative team including Aurora Theatre Associate Producer and Resident Music Director Ann-Carol Pence and choreographer Jen MacQueen. Making the magic happen is the design team of Shannon Robert (set), Sydney Roberts (costumes), Mary Parker (lights), Ryan Bradburn (props), and Daniel Terry (sound).

Ideal for all ages, Disney’s Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical is presented July 17- August 31. Discount matinees are available Wednesday, August 6, 13 and 20 at 10 a.m. for $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.auroratheatre.com or by calling the Ticket Sales Office at 678-226-6222. Regular show times are as follows:

  • Wednesday- Friday: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 2:30 p.m.

There will be no evening performance on Wednesday, August 6

Exclusively for this production, youngsters ages 6-12 are invited to participate in a Jolly Holiday Party on Saturday, July 26 and August 16 at 1:15 p.m. The festivities include activities and photos with Mary Poppins and Bert, as well as a special snack. Tickets are $10 per person with purchase of a ticket to the corresponding day’s matinee.

Disney’s Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical was adapted from the novel written by Julian Fellowes and the motion picture produced by Walt Disney Productions; it is presented through the Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series.