Knoxville Children's Theatre will present a live stage adaptation of the musical
Disney's Mary Poppins, Jr. The play will be performed February 22nd through
March 17th: Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and
Sundays at 3 PM, with shows at 7 PM on Sunday March 3, March 10 and March 17.
Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway
musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and
Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins,
Jr. captures hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled
Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before
Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common
sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary
Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane
and Michael aren't the only ones upon 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."
The play is performed by 24 talented young actors, from ages 10 to 17. Audrey
Randall plays the title role of Mary Poppins, while Caleb Delong portrays the multitalented Bert. Jane is played by Evie Braude, and Eleanor Wood portrays Michael.
Keegan Stump and Marianna Harrison portray their parents, George and Winnifred.
The rest of the cast features Natalia Adams, Sydney Allen, Lydia Baxter, Conard
Belitz, Jake Borden, Natalie Duncan, Sarah Grace Faught, Skylar Justice, Annika
Kallstrom, Mateo Mejia, Cordelia Nelson, Olivia Rhea, Emmi Robbins, Eva
Rogers, Kate Stinnett, Averi Waller, Tanner White, and Sarah Wood.
The play is directed by KCT Artistic Director, Dennis E. Perkins, and Musical
Direction is provided by Paul Jones of Auralation Studios. Natalie Duncan, a senior
at Bearden High is the choreographer. Derrick Washington, Jr., a senior at the L&N
STEM Academy provides the scenic design, and Jacob Sousley, a junior at Central
High School is the Assistant Director and will design the lights. KCT veteran Kayla
June Nobbe will design and build the costumes with assistance from Bella
Patterson, a 7th grader at Tate's Middle School, and Madelyn Grace Payne, also a
7th grader at Vine Middle. The play's stage manager is West High sophomore,