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Mary Poppins

Mary PoppinsNovember 13-December 31
A Musical Based on the Stories of P.L. Travers & the Walt Disney Film

Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
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Based on the similarly titled series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins delighted audiences for over 2,500 performances on Broadway and received nine Olivier nominations and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  Filled with timeless classics such as “Feed the Birds,” “Jolly Holiday,” “Step in Time,” and the Academy Award winning “Chim-Chim Cher-ee,” this show can only be described as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”


 

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Mary Poppins Press Release...
Read a Preview of Mary Poppins by Frank Ramirez...
Read an Article about Mary Poppins in the South Bend Tribune...
Read a Review of Mary Poppins by Frank Ramirez...
Read a Review of Mary Poppins by Jeri Seeley...

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Mary Poppins
Archive Photographs



A Note from the Director…

Anything Can Happen if You Let it...

Jeremy LittlejohnMine was and is a “Disney” family.  I grew up with all of the classic Disney cartoons, and films, and as a result, I know them all extremely well.  When Mary Poppins was first adapted to the stage, I was incredibly trepidatious.  The feud between P.L. Travers and Walt Disney has been well documented, and I was apprehensive about how much of the dark tone of the book series would bleed on to the stage…particularly when I knew that the standard theater audience would approach the show expecting to see a variation of the film.  You can imagine my relief when I discovered that the charm of the movie (mostly) remains intact for the stage adaptation!  Even without the cartoon penguins and tea party on the ceiling, the allure of the film still makes its presence felt throughout.   It has been a joy to work on this project, and incredibly special to have several of my closest friends reunited on the Joseph Stein Stage for the holidays.  I can’t think of a more appropriate way to end the season, than surrounded by friends, making magic!  Many thanks to the Cast and Crew for helping make the impossible, possible!  And to our wonderful patrons: I am deeply grateful to you for joining us on another superb voyage of live theater.  You are the reason that we work tirelessly on these plays and musicals, and your support continues to inspire us to scale mountains year in and year out.  I wish you all a very happy holiday season, and we will see you in 2016!

Jeremy Littlejohn


A Note from the Music Director…Amish Acres

Spit spot!  The music of Mary Poppins is quintessential Disney.  In the early 1960s, the Sherman brothers (Richard and Robert) sat down and penned the score to Mary Poppins. They did this to the dismay of P. L. Travers, the author of the books on which "Poppins" is based. But it's surprising that she could be so opposed to something so utterly delightful.  When the film was transferred to Broadway in 2006, new songs were added to the show including "Practically Perfect," "Brimstone and Treacle," and "Anything Can Happen." These songs were written by a new team of composers: George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Some songs from the film, such as "Stay Awake," "I Love To Laugh," and "Sister Suffragette," were omitted from the stage version.  These numbers may be missed but I think you'll find the new songs equally delightful.  Thank you for coming out today to see live theatre. I wish everyone a very happy holiday season!

Travis Smith

 


Mary Poppins Cast

   

Bert

 

Joe Ford

Michael Banks

 

Josh Hatfield

Katie Nanna

 

Sara Drinkwine

Jane Banks

 

Hannah Shetler

Policeman

 

Carl Glenn

Miss Lark

 

Joyana Loraine Feller

Willoughby

 

Izzy Wysong

Admiral Boom

 

Justin Williams

Mrs. Brill

 

Sarah Philabaum

Mrs. Winifred Banks

 

Katherine Anderson

Mr. George Banks

 

Ryan A. Schisler

Robertson Ay

 

Derik Lawson

Mary Poppins

 

Amber Burgess

The Park Keeper

 

T.J. Besler

Neleus

 

Kyle O'Brien

Miss Smythe

 

Elsa Scott

Bank Chairman

 

T.J. Besler

Von Hussler

 

Justin Williams

John Northbrook

 

Tim Becze

Bird Woman

 

MoMo Lamping

Mrs. Corry

 

Joyana Loraine Feller

Miss Andrew

 

MoMo Lamping

Ensemble

 

Tim Becze

 

 

Sara Drinkwine

 

 

Carl Glenn

 

 

Kyle O'Brien

 

 

Joelle Rassi

 

 

Elsa Scott

Bert U/S

 

Carl Glenn

     

 

Mary Poppins Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Choreographer

 

Sarah Philabaum

Music Director

 

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager

 

Timothy James

Technical Director

 

Tom Slavey

ASM/Sound

 

Bradley M. Waelbroeck

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

 

Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Properties Master

 

Timothy James

Dance Captain

 

Kyle O'Brien

Flying Effects

 

ZFX, Inc.

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation

 

Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

Scenes and Musical Numbers

Act I

 

Prologue

Bert

Scene 1 Cherry Tree Lane - Street & Parlor

 

Cherry Tree Lane (Part 1)

Mrs. Brill, Winifred, Robertson Ay, Jane, Michael & George

The Perfect Nanny

Jane & Michael

Cherry Tree Lane (Part 2)

Winifred, Jane, Michael, Mrs. Brill, Robertson Ay & George

Scene 2 Parlor

 

Scene 3 Nursery

 

Practically Perfect

Mary Poppins, Jane & Michael

Scene 4 Park

 

All Me Own Work

Bert

Jolly Holiday

Bert, Jane, Michael, Neleus, Mary Poppins & Ensemble

Scene 5 Parlor

 

Let's Hope She Will Stay

George, Winifred, Jane & Michael

Scene 6 Street, Parlor

 

Winds Do Change

Bert

A Spoonful of Sugar

Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, Robertson Ay & Winifred

Scene 7 Bank

 

Precision and Order

Clerks, Chairman, Von Hussler & Northbrook

A Man Has Dreams

George

Scene 8 Cathedral Steps

 

Feed the Birds

Bird Woman, Mary Poppins & Ensemble

Scene 9 Street, Mrs. Corry's Candy Shop

 

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Mary Poppins, Bert, Jane, Michael, Mrs Corry & Ensemble

Scene 10 Street, Parlor

 

The Wind May Blow

Bert

Twists and Turns

Bert

Scene 11 Roof

 

Chim Chim Cher-ee

Bert & Mary Poppins

   

Act II

 

Scene 1 Street, Parlor

 

Cherry Tree Lane (Reprise)

Mrs. Brill, Robertson Ay, Jane, Michael, Winifred & George

Brimstone and Treacle (Part 1)

Miss Andrew

Scene 2 Park

 

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Bert, Park Keeper, Jane, Michael, Mary Poppins & Ensemble

Good For Nothing

George

Being Mrs. Banks

Winifred

Scene 3 Parlor

 

Brimstone and Treacle (Part 2)

Mary Poppins & Miss Andrew

Practically Perfect (Reprise)

Jane, Michael & Mary Poppins

Scene 4 Roof

 

Step in Time

Bert, Michael, Jane, Mary Poppins & Sweeps

Scene 5 Parlor

 

A Man Has Dreams (Reprise) / A Spoonful of Sugar (Reprise)

George & Bert

Scene 6 Parlor

 

Anything Can Happen (Part 1)

Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, Winifred, Bird Woman & Board of Directors

Scene 7 Cathedral Steps, Bank

 

Give Us The Word

George

Scene 8 Heavens

 

Anything Can Happen (Part 2)

Mary Poppins, Bert, Jane, Michael & Ensemble

Scene 9 Nursery

 

Spoonful of Sugar (Reprise)

Mary Poppins

Bows

Company

 

Cast Biographies


Katherine AndersonKatherine Anderson (Winifred Banks) is happily returning to The Round Barn after playing piano along with some ukelele, double bass, autoharp, mandolin, and gleefully smashing a toy airplane as Vera in Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming here a few years ago. Currently based in her hometown of Raleigh, NC, she has performed regionally from Atlanta to Alaska. Favorite roles: Marian in The Music Man, Franca in The Light in the Piazza, and Cunegonde in Candide. Katherine earned a BM in voice performance and musical theatre from Meredith College.

 




Tim BeczeTim Becze
(John Northbrook) is a recent graduate of Bethel College with a B.A. in Theatre Arts (Lighting / Performance) and a Minor in Music.  Most recent productions include the Ensemble in Candide with Notre Dame Opera, Horton in Seussical and the Lighting Design for The 39 Steps with Bethel College, and Garvin in last season’s Footloose here at The Round Barn Theatre.  Tim enjoys long walks, tea and company.
Love to Mom and Dad             

 




T.J. BeslerT.J. Besler
(Park Keeper) comes to you from the small town of Manchester, Iowa.  Having received the actor bug at the young age of six there has never been anything else he can imagine himself doing.  After attending the University of Iowa, graduating with a degree in theatre as well as minors in dance and music, Besler continued to pursue his dream; performing all over the country, including N.Y.C., Los Angeles, Birmingham, and Nashville, among many others.  Some of his favorite roles include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Seymour Krelborne in Little Shop of Horrors, and Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl.  He would like to thank all those who have and continue to love and support him, especially his sister Tanya, without whom he would not be where or who he is today. 
Enjoy the show!


Amber BurgessAmber Burgess (Mary Poppins / Costume Designer) is pleased to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre.  Amber’s first appearance on the Joseph Stein Stage was back in 2005 when she was a replacement for Ruth in Plain and Fancy, and since then she has been involved in over 40 productions as a director, designer, actor, musician, writer, choreographer, and teacher.  Favorites include directing Sisters of Swing and Little Women, playing Betty in White Christmas, Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, and June in Smoke on the Mountain.  In her spare time Amber enjoys running, quilting, and playing with her dog, Oxford. 
Special thanks to Lynn Christopherson, Judy Burgess, and Dave and Jan Christopherson for their support, love, and inspiring example. Visit www.amberburgess.com.


Sara DrinkwineSara Drinkwine (Katie Nanna) is thrilled to return to The Round Barn Theatre!  Sara was born and raised in Middlebury, IN.  She attended Indiana University, where she earned her BA in Theatre and Drama.  Favorite past performances include the Wicked Witch in Shrek, Sandy in Grease and a Lovely Lady in Les Misérables.  Sara would like to thank Jeremy for this opportunity!
Thank you to all of those who have inspired and encouraged me to chase my dreams!






Joyana FellerJoyana Loraine Feller (Mrs. Corry) is elated to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre! You may remember her as the Dragon and Mama Bear from last year’s production of Shrek.  Originally from Louisiana, she now hails from NYC calling it home for over 5 years. When she isn't working she enjoys playing music, going to brunch, and frolicking throughout the city. Her favorite credits include Dragon in Shrek, Percy in The Spitfire Grill, Ado Annie in Oklahoma and Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes.
Many thanks to Jeremy Littlejohn, to my family and friends for their support, and endless love to my partner, Jason.


Joe FordJoe Ford (Bert) was born in nearby Elkhart, Indiana and received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. His long association with the Round Barn Theatre began with Fiddler on the Roof in 1996- the first season of repertory theatre here in Nappanee.  Since then, he has been a part of dozens of productions here- directing, appearing onstage, serving as company manager and as casting associate.  His long list of favorite shows here include Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), The Fantasticks (El Gallo), White Christmas (Bob Wallace), Art (Marc), Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer), Joseph...(Joseph), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), West Side Story (Bernardo) as well as directing this spring's Doubt: A Parable. 
This show is for Margo- the best mom there is.


Carl GlennCarl Glenn (Policeman) is a graduate of Missouri State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He has been seen professionally in regional theaters as Tom Sawyer in Big River at Great Plains Theatre, Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins as well as the Ensemble in Shrek and Big River at Grandstreet Theatre. He spent the past summer as Stan Smartly in The Character Quiz Show at Hersheypark. Carl is very excited to make his Round Barn debut and to make a little Disney magic!







Josh HatfieldJosh Hatfield (Michael Banks) As a one-time runner up in his hometown's King of Osceola contest, Josh always loved being on stage.  His mother would tell you his acting debut was the day he was born as he's always in character; however, it wasn't until 8 years old that this young Hoosier took the stage in Granger Community Church's musical production of Scrooge which earned him a regular comedy role in the children's department as “Vinny”  performing faith-based skits that teach kids how to make good choices.  Most recently Josh enjoyed getting beat up by Gaston while playing Lefou in the Elkhart Civic Theatre's Beauty and Beast Jr.  Josh is thrilled to give up a few school days to be a part of the Mary Poppins production here at The Round Barn Theatre.  When not acting, engineering the next greatest invention, or playing Minecraft, Josh loves singing to music by his favorite artist Billy Joel and enjoys driving his siblings’ nuts by playing one of the many songs he knows on the ocarina.


MoMo LampingMoMo Lamping (Bird Woman) hailing from Fort Wayne, MoMo is so excited to be making her Round Barn Theatre debut this season! Some of her favorite previous credits include Sylvia (Kate), Oliver (Widow Corney), Into The Woods (Stepmother), and Love Loss and What I Wore (Rosie track).
A huge, gigantic thank you to my family for being my ever-present cheering section!!!   

 



Derik LawsonDerik Lawson (Robertson Ay) is from New York City. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida. Some of his favorite roles include Roger in Grease, Otto in Spring Awakening, and Horton in Seussical the Musical.
For more information please visit www.deriklawson.com



Kyle O'BrienKyle O'Brien
(Neleus / Dance Captain) is a NYC-based actor from Elsberry, MO.  Kyle received his BFA in Acting from Missouri State University.  Favorite roles include C.B. (Dog Sees God), Eddie (Damn Yankees), Ft. Dancer / Dance Captain (Fiddler on the Roof) and a dancer with Inertia Dance Company.
Thanks for all your support, Mom and Dad!  www.obrienkyle.com, @thekylejobrien

 

 





Sarah PhilabaumSarah Philabaum (Mrs. Brill / Choreographer) is thrilled to return for her fifth season at The Round Barn Theatre! You may remember her previously as Doralee in 9 to 5, Mavis in Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping or as Betty Jean in the Spring production of The Marvelous Wonderettes. She was also responsible for the choreography in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Shrek. Sarah returns to Nappanee directly from her second season with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, where she was featured in 42nd Street, The Addams Family and All Shook Up.
Much love to Jeremy Littlejohn for being wonderful!


Joelle RassiJoelle Rassi (Ensemble) is from Milford, IN and is so pleased to be returning for her fourth season at the Round Barn.  She loved being Gingy in Shrek and Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.  She will be a freshman in Show Choir this coming fall.  She loves singing, dancing, acting, and she spends all of her spare time song writing.

 

 




Amish AcresRyan A. Schisler (George Banks) is very excited to be returning to the Round Barn stage for another terrific season!  He is a graduate of Murray State University in KY, where he studied Theatre & Television Production.  You may have seen Ryan as the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors or Rev. Shaw Moore in Footloose last season.  He was recently in Minnesota working for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre playing The Huntsman in Snow White.
I would like to thank my family and friends for their love and continuous support.



Elsa ScottElsa Scott (Miss Smythe) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Mary Poppins!  Elsa is originally from Kahoka, Missouri, and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University.  She has performed regionally in Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, New Jersey, Texas and Alaska as well as Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway in NYC.  Elsa would like to thank her family and friends who provide her with unfailing support no matter how far from home she may wander.
www.elsascott.com

Hannah ShetlerHannah Shetler (Jane Banks) is from Millersburg, Indiana and is currently in the 9th grade at Fairfield High School.  She was last seen on the Joseph Stein Stage in Annie Get Your Gun during the 2010 season.  She has also been very active with Elkhart Civic Theatre, Bluegate, and Essenhaus Hall, as well as Fairfield’s Show Choir.  Some of her favorite projects include Sebastian in Little Mermaid Jr., Ramona in Ramona Quimby, JoJo in Seussical Jr. and Amaryllis in The Music Man Jr.
I’d like to dedicate this performance to my best acting buddy, Morgan Dyer, who could not be in this performance with me!




Justin WilliamsJustin Williams (Admiral Boom) is thrilled to be back at the Round Barn Theatre for the holiday season! He was last seen on the mainstage all throughout last year where he played Peter Reber, Laurie Laurence, and Pinocchio. He would like to thank Jeremy for the opportunity to spend his holiday here.
Much love to Mom, Grandma, Jessi, Poppo, and Hannah!






Izzy WysongIzzy Wysong (Willoughby) is a six year old Yorkshire Terrier. She was born in Lagrange, Indiana, and has lived in Nappanee since she was twelve weeks old. She weighs 3.8 pounds. Her favorite activities include finding high ground (the top of the sofa), chewing bones, and relaxing. She does not love to go on walks - she would rather be carried! She ws previously seen on the Joseph Stein Stage as Toto in The Wizard of Oz.Izzy dedicates her performances to Sarah, Sydney and Jack Wysong.




Staff Biographies


Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre for another fantastic season. Timothy is from Anderson, South Carolina, where he earned a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. Although his love for theatre is vast, his focus remains in Stage Management. Some of his favorite credits include A Raisin in the SunThe MisanthropeJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Shrek the Musical. He is blessed to have such a loving a supportive family, and without them he would not be here today. 
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Jeremy Littlejohn (Artistic Director) grew up right down the road in Elkhart, Indiana, and came to work at Amish Acres for the first time in 1997. Since becoming Artistic Director in 2007, he has supervised over sixty productions in seven seasons. Some of his recent favorites include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair, Driving Miss Daisy, Nunsense A-Men, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors and Doubt. Jeremy created the Second Stage Series located down the hall in the Locke Township Meeting House. The program brought plays to Amish Acres for the first time in 2004 and recently added musicals to its repertoire in 2014. He also enjoys working on the Theater for Young Audience series, and he has shed light on more than thirty RBT productions. He loves his lady, his family, his kitty, and he is so pleased to be spending another season in Nappanee! 

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father, LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored, and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 28 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. Plain and Fancy's Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina and a Second Stage production of Enter Laughing.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

Tom Slavey (Technical Director) was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana.  Upon graduation from Bremen High School, Tom moved to Los Angeles to pursue and enhance his love of music.  While in California, he learned carpentry, and started his own Construction business, while playing his music at night in the clubs of Hollywood and Orange County.  He moved back to Indiana to be of service to his immediate family, and to start his own.

Travis Smith (Music Director) is thankful to be back for his 6th season here at Amish Acres. Not only has he music directed practically every show in the last 6 years, but he has also been seen as a performer. Favorite roles include Lord Farquaad in Shrek, Sister Amnesia in Nunsense A-Men and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. He is also a composer and arranger having written many shows through out the last few years including Steeple People: A Southern Gospel Comedy which made its debut at Amish Acres. Many of the children's shows he has written and collaborated on are seen and even performed by thousands of kids every year.
For more info please visit www.travis-smith.com. Thank you for supporting live theatre!!

Bradley M. Waelbroeck (ASM / Sound) recently graduated from University of Memphis with a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre. He has been involved in theatre at various capacities both onstage and backstage. He was recently Assistant Stage Manager for The Wedding Singer at University of Memphis. He has also been seen onstage as Young Katurian in The Pillowman, Chip Tolentino in 25th...Spelling Bee, and in Chess as Ensemble.

 


 

amish acresMary Poppins
Theme Dinners: November 20 & December 11
Breakfast with Santa: December 12
Meet the Characters Theme Dinner: December 18

A white tablecloth event to celebrate The Round Barn Theatre productions through menus conceived by Richard Pletcher and created by chef Ruth Miller. Show references and double entendres, no matter how obscure or ridiculous, are often highlighted in bold letters. Recipes are prepared by Ruth, whose sense of humor is stirred into the pot and skillet. All menu items are subject to change by the whim of the chef. The responsibility for such frovility rests soley with Richard Pletcher.

Reservations Required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.
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Chim-Cim Cher-ee


Soup

London Paricular (Pea and Smoked Bacon Soup)

Appetizers
Herb Breaded Mushrooms
Chicken Liver Pate with Brandy and Garlic

Salad
Green Salad

Breads

Sliced Crusty Bread
Red Raspberry Maralade

Entrees
Shepherd's Pie
Beer Battered Cod
Bubble & Squeak

Vegetables

Chips
Braised Red Cabbage
Minted Peas

Desserts
Ginger Pudding
Steamed Syrup Sponge
Triple Dipple Chocolate
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'

Beverages
Bert's Grog
Iced Tea
Lemonade
Coffees
Round Barn Craft Beers (extra charge) Round Barn Wines (extra charge)