06 Jun 2015

Curtain to fall on Mary Poppins this weekend

Following the successful beginning to the season last weekend, the cast of the Empire Theatres major production, Mary Poppins have just two performances before the curtain falls for the last time.

More than 80 local performers, crew and creatives were involved in the production as part of the on stage cast, backstage crew, singers and orchestra, led by talented local singer and dancer, Shannon Gralow and former professional dancer Justin Tamblyn.

The Phantom of the Opera (2014) leading duo, Brendon Walmsley and Lisa Skerman team up once again with a return to the Empire Stage as George and Winifred Banks.

The roles of Jane and Michael Banks have been double cast with young talents Harrison Panitz and Lauren Baryla and real life brother/sister duo, Sophie and Alek Little to take the stage on alternating performances.

Empire Theatres General Manager, Kerry Saul said the response to the musical theatre family favourite had been fantastic.

“We have an exceptionally talented cast, orchestra, crew and creative team who have been working very hard over the past couple of months to bring an incredible show to the stage,” he said.

“Sales have been very strong this year and there has been a great deal of interest in the show from the community,” he said.

“Mary Poppins will be one of our most successful productions yet.”

Disney’s Mary Poppins follows the appearance of a mysterious young nanny on the doorstep of the dysfunctional Banks family.  The nanny, called Mary Poppins, along with chimney sweep Bert, takes the children on magical adventures throughout London and melts the hearts of all who meet her, helping put the family back together again.

Empire Theatres major production Mary Poppins, proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, will perform at the Empire Theatre on Saturday 6 June at 7.30pm before the season concludes with a 1.30pm matinee on Sunday June 7.

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