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MARY POPPINS Begins 6/12 at Cumberland County Playhouse

Mary Poppins is set to fly over the rooftops of London and into the Cumberland County Playhouse June 12 to August 16! This high-flying family musical features delightful songs from the classic Disney film including the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Step in Time" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Winner of 44 major theatre awards from around the globe, Mary Poppins has captivated audiences for generations with its enchanting story, unforgettable songs and dazzling dance numbers. Mary Poppins is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she whisks them away to meet dancing chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an array of colorful characters. Ms. Hackmann will return to the Playhouse stage as Mary Poppins and Mr. Delaney will play Bert.

Nicole Bégué Hackmann has appeared in dozens of Playhouse productions since 2003, including My Fair Lady, Ragtime, LES MISERABLES, The King and I, A Little Night Music, Camelot and many more. Jake Delaney made his Playhouse debut in April as Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain.

Playhouse favorites Jason Ross and Lauren Marshall will play Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Each of the Banks children will feature two different young actors alternating in the roles. Jane Banks will be played by Sophie Burnett and Sara Swafford, while Simon Berman and Eli Choate will share the role of Michael Banks. Rounding out the cast are Kathryn Berman, Daniel Black, Cory Clark, Kevin Corkum, Jensen Crain, John Dobbratz, Molly Dobbs, DeAnna Etchison, Katherine Walker Hill, Carol Irvin, Lina Lee, Lindsey Mapes, Jennie Nasser, Patty Payne, Kate Louise Prender, Evan Price, Angela Robbins, Michael Ruff, Chaz Sanders, Chance Wall and Weslie Webster.

Director Britt Hancock (Singin' in the Rain, Damn Yankees) said of the show, "Mary Poppins is all about magic... and no theater I know does theatrical magic better than the Cumberland County Playhouse. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to help bring this wonderful story to life." Resident choreographer Leila Nelson will bring the high stepping (and sometimes high flying) dance numbers to life.

Special effects in the CCP production of Mary Poppins will be provided by Hall Associates Flying Effects. Associate Producing Director Bryce McDonald said, "We have a long association with this nationally and internationally respected theatrical flying service. We've used their services in productions like Peter Pan, Flight of the Lawnchair Man and Beauty & the Beast, and now they'll make Mary Poppins fly over the Playhouse stage!!"

Mary Poppins is rated G and sponsored by Plateau Pediatrics.

Currently at the Playhouse: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, featuring Kellye Cash, rated PG, co-sponsored by Mariner's Pointe Resort and Senator Paul Bailey, through June 9; Singin' in the Rain, rated G, co-sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Center and Dr. Vianney Villaruz, MD, Cardiology CMM-CMG, through July 12; and Smoke on the Mountain, Rated G, sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, through October 10.

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