December 12, 2016
Claudia D. Wheeler
A magical show the whole family can enjoy awaits you at The John W. Engeman Theater in Northport this holiday season. Based on the classic Disney film, Engeman brings the story of the mysterious nanny to life on the stage. Mary Poppins will follow the following performance schedule from now through Saturday, December 31, 2016: Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Some Wednesdays and Sunday evening are available.
Directed and choreographed by Drew Humphrey (Engeman Theater: Thoroughlly Modern Millie, A Chorus Line, White Christmas), the cast of this magnificent production features Analisa Leaming as Mary Poppins (Broadway: The Kind and I, On the Twentieth Century). Leaming beams with just the right touch and attitude in the most delightful way. She brings the character of Poppins to life with a wonderful presence and rich, melodious vocals and makes you believe in the magic as she flies effortlessly across the stage on several occasions. Leaming alone is worth seeing the show for, and bringing the kids to see, but she is also accompanied by a talented cast: Luke Hawkins plays Bert (Broadway: Xanadu, Cirque du Soleil, and Banana Shpeel); Liz Pearce as Winifred Banks (Broadway: Billy Elliot and National Tours of Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, Seussical), as well as David Schmittou as George Banks, who delighted audiences as the narrator in A Christmas Story at Engeman in 2014.
This amazing cast also includes: Katherine Lafountain as Jane Banks and Chris Mckenna as Michael Banks, as well as Matthew Baker, Charles Baran, Luca Bergin, Jane Blass, Chris Brand, Linda Cameron, Samantha Carroll, Dena Digiacinto, Sophia Guarnaschelli, Alicia Hemann, Becky Grace Kalman, Sophia Kekllas, Oren Korenblum, Ben Russell-Lynch, Suzanne Mason, Meaghan Mcinnes, Danny Meglio, Courtney Moran, Peter Surace, Bronwyn Tarboton, Moore Theobald, Michael Verre, and Jacqueline Winslow.
We are entertained throughout the show by the magical Mary Poppins who shows up to care for Jane and Michael Banks and brings everyone on adventures with chimney sweeps, shopkeepers, and other characters. The dances are well choreographed numbers performed by skillful performers (many having performed on Broadway and Off Broadway). We remember all the catchy songs from the movie, which will get stuck in your head again for days: “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Feed the Birds,” “Step in Time,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Jolly Holiday,” and “Anything Can Happen.”
The Creative team features Jason Simms (Scenic Design), Kurt Alger (Costume And Wig Design), Zach Blane (Lighting Design), Laura Shubert (Sound Design),Gayle Seay And Scott Wojcik Of Wojcik/Seay Casting (Casting Directors), Kristie Moschetta (Props Design), and Sean Francis Patrick (Production Stage Manager).
Mary Poppins is produced by Richard Dolce, the theater’s Producing Artistic Director and musically directed by Michael Hopewell (NYC: Once We Lived Here, Billy Bishop Goes to War, and Rent).
Tickets are $76.00 on Saturday evenings, and $71 all other performances and may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com to purchase tickets or see a complete show schedule and what is up next at Long Island’s only year-round professional theater company.