15 Apr 2015

Mary Poppins Rehearsals Take Flight

Rehearsals for the Empire Theatre’s 2015 major production, Mary Poppins are well underway with both cast and crew working towards the opening night of May 28.

Director and Choreographer, Alison Vallette said the talented cast were doing a fabulous job piecing the show together.

“Every member of this production brings individual skills to the stage, so a very complex depth is already developing within the scenes we have set,” Ms Vallette said.

Ms Vallette said the two leads playing Mary Poppins and Bert, Shannon Gralow and Justin Tamblyn were highly talented triple threats.

“It is very rare that I get the opportunity to throw choreography or a dramatic concept at an actor and have it understood and responded to immediately,” she said.

“With these two wonderful performers, this happens every time I ask for something and it’s starting to look very exciting.

“We have had the luxury of being able to create our own style for this production. Our designer, Bill Haycock has a wealth of experience designing for companies including Queensland Theatre Company and Opera Queensland. He and I have had a lot of fun working through the various scenes in the show and making it a show that is unique to our stage… not to mention a few surprises along the way.”

“There will be all the old favourite turns, but we also hope that with our work and development of the various characters within the script, that those characters will appear real and relatable to the audience.”

The Empire Theatre’s season of the classic musical, proudly presented by Heritage Bank, opens Thursday May 28 and will run until Sunday June 7.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au