01 Dec 2014

Mary Poppins Creative Team Announced

The Empire Theatre is pleased to announce the talented creative team which will be responsible for bringing to life the classic family favourite, Mary Poppins from May 28- June 7 next year.

 Leading the team as Director/Choreographer is Alison Vallette, who is no stranger to the Empire Theatre stage, having directed the very successful Hairspray in 2013, Cats in 2009 and choreographing The Phantom of the Opera earlier this year.

 Well known for her dance teaching and choreography throughout the country, Ms Vallette has been involved in the theatre industry since early childhood.

 Returning as musical director is Lorraine Fuller, an experienced musician and conductor.

 Mrs Fuller has previously been involved in many Empire Theatres major productions, including The Phantom of the Opera this year, Spamalot, Singin’ in the Rain and Cabaret.

 Completing the team as designer is NIDA graduate, Bill Haycock, who has designed more than 100 plays, ballets, dance pieces, operas and exhibitions for companies including Queensland Ballet, Queensland Theatre Company and QPAC during a career spanning more than 30 years.

 Director Alison Vallette said she was looking forward to staging Mary Poppins.

“Mary Poppins is such a beautiful story of healing and hope for a broken family. In the sometimes dysfunctional world, to be involved in brining such a hopeful and positive tale to the stage is one that I am looking forward to greatly,” she said.

 “Creating the magic that is necessary for Mary Poppins will be a challenge, but my ongoing discussions with our fabulous designer Bill Haycock are really exciting and we are working through how to make the magic happen.”

 The season of Mary Poppins is proudly supported by Heritage Bank.

 Tickets for Mary Poppins are on sale now. For more information or to book your tickets, please contact the Empire Theatre on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au