Hudson Players will be presenting the musical "Mary Poppins," opening Feb. 3 at the Barlow Community Center.
Based on the classic Walt Disney movie, and expanded to include additional episodes from P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins books, the show is a "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" delight for the entire family.
It opens with Bert, a jack-of-all trades, introducing the audience 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 how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures. However, the children aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon, as even Mr. and Mrs. Banks learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
Bringing this irresistible story to life is a production team that includes director Claudia Lillibridge, of Twinsburg, musical director Ron Jones, of Stow, and choreographer Connie Fleming, of Stow. All three also were involved with "1776" that played to sell-out crowds last year for Hudson Players.
"Growing up, watching Mary Poppins was a staple in my household and I loved the music and magic of it," Claudia said. "While our cast is quite large and it has been a challenge fitting them all on stage, I am hopeful this production will bring similar magical feelings to our audience, especially with a few special effects we have up our sleeves."
The unforgettable songs include "Feed the Birds," (Walt Disney all-time favorite song), "Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Step in Time," "Let's Go Fly a Kite," "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and several outstanding new songs including "Being Mrs. Banks" and "Practically Perfect."
The performance dates are: Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24 and 25. Curtain time is 8 p.m., with Sunday Feb. 12 and Feb. 19 being 2 p.m. matinees. The Feb. 12 performance will be interpreted with American Sign Language specialists.
Tickets are available by going to www.hudsonplayers.com, or calling 330-655-8522. Discounts also are available for groups of 10 or more.