Mary Poppins

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MARY POPPINS is a musical in two acts and draws both on the original childrens' novel written by P.L. Travers and published in 1934, as well as the film adaptation made by Walt Disney in 1964.

"The story really is about teaching Mr. Banks how to be a father and allowing Jane and Michael Banks to discover how to be children. Mr. Banks was never shown love as a child. As a result, he doesn't know how to show love to his children. Their need is what has brought about the arrival of Mary Poppins."

— Michael Shamata, Director

"With her large bag in her hands she slid gracefully up the banisters, and arrived at the landing at the same time as Mrs. Banks. Such a thing, Jane and Michael knew, had never been done before. Down, of course, for they had often done it themselves. But up never! They gazed curiously at the strange new visitor."

— from MARY POPPINS by P.L Travers, 1934

"MARY POPPINS delights in looks and sounds" (click to read the entire review)

— Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal

"How wondrous the Citadel Theatre's production of MARY POPPINS" (click to read the entire review)

— Graham Hicks,

"MARY POPPINS will leave you breathless...The spectacular numbers (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Jolly Holiday, Let's Go Fly a Kite) will lift you out of your seat." (click to read the entire review)

— Colin MacLean, Edmonton Sun

Production information

Mary Poppins
A musical based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
A Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary Production
Director: Michael Shamata
Choreographer: Lisa Stevens
Musical Director: Don Horsburgh
Lighting Design: Michael Owen
Set Design: Cory Sincennes
Dance Captain: Shelley Kenney

Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical
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Photographs courtesy of David Cooper Photography, © 2014