10:30 a.m., Mary 16)
OYP production of Mary Poppins a worthy tribute to Disney
By Fred Sherwin
Orleans Young Players Theatre School has pulled out all
the stops in staging their annual fundraising showcase this
year, bringing back some familiar faces for the production
of Mary Poppins.
Leclair (centre) makes a triumphant return
to the Shenkman Arts Centre stage as Mary
Poppins in the OYP Theatre School's fundraising
production of the Disney classic. Fred Sherwin/Photo
cast includes several veterans of local theatre including
Susan Flemming, Marni-Hunt Stephens, Sarah Benfield, Lennis
Poupore, Randy Bellini, Biz MacDonald and the always amazing
Samantha Leclair in the lead role of Mary Poppins.
I could spend the entire article singing the praises of
Ms. Leclair, who was born to play the magical nanny who
drops into Cherry Tree Lane to care for the Banks children
and mend the estranged family, but the OYP production
is a sum of some pretty wonderful parts including a song
list that many of the older members of the audience grew
up with like "A Spoonful of Sugar", "Chim
Chim Cher-ee", and, of course, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
ensemble numbers, which are performed by a small army
of OYP's youngest students, are adorable and too sweet
play itself includes the usual cast of characters starting
with Bert, the chimney sweep and chalk artist who was
played by Dick van Dyck in the Disney production and Sebastien
Melbourne on the Shenkman Arts Centre Stage; Admiral Boom,
who is played by Rob Pettifer; and Uncle Albert played
by Bruce Deachman.
Poppins is the perfect opportunity for parents to share
a part of their youth with children. There are two more
performances today (Friday, Feb. 23) at 1 p.m. and 7
p.m. In lieu of purchasing an actual ticket, audience
members are asked to donate a minimum of $10 for adults
and $5 for students and children which will be used to
help purchase props, costumes and scripts for future productions.
acting as an important fundraiser, Mary Poppins marks
the beginning of OYP's Student Showcase season which will
continue over the next four weeks and include 21 productions.
more information about the theatre school visit www.oypts.ca.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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