‘Mary Poppins’ Flies Into Reston CenterStage This Friday, February 19th through March 12th

Mary Poppins will be flying into Reston CenterStage February 19-March 12, 2016 as the Reston Community Players present the seven-time Tony Award nominated musical.

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Mary Poppins combines the charm of the Walt Disney film with the crisp characters of the eight children’s books by P.L. Travers, to weave the story of the magical nanny who changes forever the lives of the Banks’ family at 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of an irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious stagecraft!

 (Mary Poppins) at The Reston Parade.
Shaina Murphy (Mary Poppins), Avery Daniel (Jane Banks) and Aidan Chomicki (Michael Banks) at The Reston Parade.

The cast features Shaina Murphy (Mary Poppins), Duane Monahan (Bert), Ward Ferguson (George Banks), Amanda Jones (Winifred Banks), Aidan Chomicki (Michael Banks), Avery Daniel (Jane Banks), Cara Giambrone (Mrs. Brill), Katie Ferguson (Miss Lark/Mrs. Corry/Ensemble), Keith Flores (Robertson Ay), Kate Keifer (Miss Andrew), and Mike Walker (Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman). The ensemble includes Alexa Yarboro, Jocelyn Steiner, Karen Kelleher, Philip Smith-Cobbs, Sean Cafferky, Steven Palkovitz, Scott Kyriakakis, Catherine Kyriakakis, Caroline Griswold Short, Karen Consiglio, Chris Dore, Patrick McMahon, and Christopher Irizarry.

The creative team includes Director Wade Corder, Choreographer Andrea Heininge, Musical Directors Dana and Jim Van Slyke, Producer and Scenic Designer Richard Schneider, Costume Designers Charlotte Marson and Judy Whelihan, Lighting Designers Ken and Patti Crowley, Sound Designer Rich Bird, Production Stage Manager Kaiti Parish, and Assistant Stage Manager Eileen Mullee.

On February 27th, RCP breaks new ground, offering a sensory-friendly performance of Mary Poppins. This special sensory-friendly performance features lower sound levels, especially for startling or loud noises; the freedom for guests to talk, leave their seats, or move around during the show; low level house lights throughout the performance; a designated quiet room adjacent to the theatre; trained staff and volunteers; and a judgement free environment that is welcoming to all patrons.

“Our sensory-friendly performance is designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families of children with autism or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities,” said RCP board member and Mary Poppins Producer Richard Schneider. “This is RCP’s inaugural sensory-friendly performance and we are excited to have families with all needs experience the joy of Mary Poppins.”

In addition to the sensory friendly performance, RCP will also offer everyone the opportunity to join the Mary Poppins cast in a special master class to learn the signature dance from the show, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, on Sunday, March 6, 2016, immediately following the 2:00 pm performance. Dancers need not attend that performance to join the master class. Just $10 to join!

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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 Mary Poppins the Musical

February 19 – March 12, 2016

Venue Reston Community Center
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191

Tickets $20 – $25

Times Feb. 19, 20, 26, 27**, 28*, March 4, 5**, 6*, 11, 12**
*Feb. 28 and March 6 are matinees with 2:00 pm curtains
**Feb. 27, March 5, and March 12 have 2:00 pm matinees and 8:00 pm performances.

Ages For all ages

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Box Office CenterStage Box Office (703) 476-4500 x3

Buy Tickets online.

Press release is by Shauna Atwood.