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‘Mary Poppins’ comes to Guild

From staff reports

The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present the classic musical “Mary Poppins” in November at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.

The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Nov. 15-16, Nov. 22-23 and Nov. 29-30, with additional shows at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24.

Friday night’s opening is sold out, but tickets are still available for other showings at actors-guild.com.

“Mary Poppins” features music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and a script by Julian Fellowes. It is is based on the “Mary Poppins” children’s books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film, and is a fusion of various elements from the two, including songs from the film.

In the show, George and Winifred Banks live at Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane with their misbehaved children, whose latest nanny has just quit with a fit. Enter Mary Poppins, the “practically perfect” nanny who teaches with magic and bonds with the children as no other nanny has.

When Mary suddenly leaves the position, and Winifred hires George’s childhood nanny to take on the job, sending George and the children fleeing from the house, Mary becomes more valuable than ever. With patience, kindness, and a little bit of magic, Mary and her friend Bert help the family set things right — maybe more right than they’d ever been before.

The Guild production team features Josh Woodard as director, Ben Bradley and Betty Dotson as assistant directors, Sam Miser as music director, Morgan Heflin-Parsons as choreographer, Terri Borrelli as stage manager, Mary Lucas as production assistant, Nancy Bloomer as costume designer and Josh Martin as adviser,