Cowley College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department performed Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film, to large audiences Nov. 9-11 inside the Robert Brown Theatre. The performance was directed and choreographed by theater director Cara Kem.

Mary Poppins
Photo by Jenna Nichols/Cowley College

Mary Poppins is, overall, the most difficult show I have ever worked,” Kem said. “From the music to performing and choreography to tech, every detail is demanded, and we refused to give less than a practically perfect performance.”

David Smith served as the music director and Lindsay Allen was the assistant music director. John Rohr handled the scene design and Kim Wong served as stage manager, while Raeven Blackbull and Megan Roth were assistant stage managers. Jordan Vande Giesen handled sound design.

“I could not be more proud of the product my team created,” Kem said. “I sat back and watched a show that is truly magical, inspires hearts and makes you leave the theater with pure joy.”

Based on the classic 1964 Disney film, Mary Poppins is an ageless story of redemption and love.

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins, while their parents — and, in particular, Mr. Banks — are insistent on someone strict for the job. Although they embark on a series of fantastical and memorable adventures with Mary, Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones on whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”

Mary Poppins was presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials were supplied by MTI.  Learn more at www.MTIShows.com.

“The outpouring of support from the community was incredible,” Kem said. “My cast left me with tears in my eyes each night. How wonderful it was to sit back and see the actors growing in their talents and embodying their characters. I had some incredible talent on that stage and I just can’t believe that I got to be a part of such an incredible journey.”

Mary Poppins cast list

  • Mary Poppins — Jazmynn Burris
  • Bert — Nicholas Winterrowd
  • Jane Banks — Sydnee Sisk
  • Michael Banks — Luther Abrams
  • Winnifred Banks — Taryn Stone
  • George Banks — Ross Ferris
  • Mrs. Brill — Antoinette Morris
  • Robertson Ay — Mason Smykil
  • Miss Andrew — Tiffany Tatum
  • John Northbrook/Admiral Boom — Julian Cornejo
  • Bird Woman — Ruth Ryel
  • Mrs. Corry — Unique Wilson
  • Neleus — Courtney Wallace
  • Miss Lark — Emily Ramsey
  • Von Hussler/Park Keeper — Josh Wolf
  • Katie Nana — Tristan Barragan
  • Bank Chairman — Rex Davis
  • Queen Victoria — Sabrina Wilson
  • Miss Smythe/Police Officer — Josie Schwartz
  • Messenger — John Moberly
  • Dolls — Cassidy Harriger and Peyten Norris
  • Teddy Bear — Blake Mills
  • Messenger/Mr. Punch — John Moberly
  • Valentine — Blythe Brewer
  • Statues — Brooklyn Blatchford Watkins, Brynlea Blatchford Watkins and Eva Grace Rains
  • Dance Captain — Courtney Wallace

Ensemble:

  • Tristan Barragan
  • Brooklynn Blatchford Watkins
  • Brynlea Blatchford Watkins
  • Blythe Brewer
  • Ben Chinn
  • Julian Cornejo
  • Rex Davis
  • Cassidy Harriger
  • Braydee Holmes
  • Jacob Michaelis
  • Blake Mills
  • John Moberly
  • Peyten Norris
  • Eva Rains
  • Emily Ramsey
  • Alex Randall
  • Ruth Ryel
  • Josie Schwartz
  • Matthew Sinnett
  • Landon Smykil
  • Tiffany Tatum
  • Courtney Wallace
  • Sabrina Wilson
  • Unique Wilson
  • Josh Wolf

Kids Ensemble:

  • Annie — Scarlett Rose Cassens
  • Fanie — Abigail Hess
  • Zoe Davidson
  • Delaney Francis
  • Isaac Ramirez
  • Alyssa Schnackenberg
  • Austin Schwartz
  • Jarrett Schwartz

Understudies:

  • Mary Poppins — Peyten Norris
  • Winifred Banks — Cassidey Harriger
  • Bird Woman — Alex Randall
  • Admiral Boom — Matthew Sinnett
  • George Banks — Julian Cornejo
  • Miss Andrew — Alex Randall
  • John Northbrook — Jacob Michaelis

Orchestra Members:

  • Conductor — David Smith
  • Trumpet — Matthew Falletti
  • Percussion — Evan Ricker
  • Keyboard — Lindsay Allen, Ben Balleau and Deanne For
  • Clarinet — Brianna Herndon and Sarah Manning
  • Trombone — Matthew Allen
  • Bass — Shae Nichols
  • Horn — Ashlee Baysinger and Kenneth Tysick

Lighting

  • Light Design — Briana Baxley, Ross Ferris and Anastasija Mathis
  • Light Board Operator — Anastasija Mathis
  • Spot Operator — Briana Baxley and Bill Kem

Costumes and Properties:

  • Costume Design — Teagan Bucher, Jazmynn Burris, Peyten Norris and Alex Randall
  • Prop Heads — Jazmynn Burris, Cassidy Harriger, Alex Randall and Tiffany Tatum

Set Construction:

  • Paint Charge — Kim Wong
  • Assistant Technical Directors — Johnathon Lane and John L. Moberly
  • Theatre Practicum class members
  • Act One Drama Club members
  • Stagecraft class members

Flight Operators:

  • Flying by Foy
  • Raeven Blackbull
  • Georgio Davenport
  • Stephanie Salazar

Backstage Crew:

  • Georgio Davenport
  • Kamdon Fuqua
  • Stephan Harris
  • Melodie Hunt
  • Bryce James
  • Elizabeth Johnson
  • Charlie Jordan
  • Monica McCann
  • Andrew Saysourvivong
  • Saige Sloan
  • Brielle Young

Box Office:

  • Tracy Circle
  • John Lee

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.

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