Arizona Broadway Theatre and Herberger Theater Center Take MARY POPPINS To Phoenix Children's Hospital
Cast members from Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) and Herberger Theater Center's (HTC) co-production of Disney's "Mary Poppins" took the show on the road Tuesday, June 19, for a very special performance at Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH).
Mary Poppins (played by Renée Kathleen Koher), Bert (Chris McNiff), and members of the "Practically Perfect" cast provided a short story time followed by a performance of the show's signature show-stopping number "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" to a group of 25+ patients and families who currently reside at PCH. The group packed the Activities Room at the hospital for the live performance which was simulcast via closed-circuit TV to patients' rooms. Mary and Bert also had the chance to make a few in-room visits for those unable to attend the group gathering.
Over the past four seasons, Arizona Broadway Theatre and PCH have partnered to provide some much-needed smiles to kids and families who call PCH home during what can be a trying and scary time.
"Of all the promotional and outside events we have the opportunity to take part in, our time with our friends at Phoenix Children's Hospital is by far one of the most meaningful, and we are so grateful for our partnership with them," said Brad York, the director of marketing at Arizona Broadway Theatre.
Mary Poppins is onstage at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria through June 30 and transfers to Herberger Theater Center in Downtown Phoenix July 6-22. Venue and ticketing information for both organizations can be found online at azbroadway.org/mary-poppins.
About Arizona Broadway Theatre
ABT, Arizona's one-of-a-kind, award-winning, state-of-the-art professional theatre showcases locally and nationally acclaimed artists and provides palate-pleasing sit-down table service prepared fresh daily to accompany the award-winning on-stage fare. With one reservation, you can enjoy a full night's entertainment without having to rush around the Phoenix sprawl between meal and show! ABT is conveniently located south of West Bell Road off Loop 101 in the P83 District east of the Peoria Sports Complex. Parking is free. Arizona Broadway Theatre's thirteenth season is proudly sponsored by Arrowhead Cadillac.
Herberger Theater Center: Where Audience Meets Art
The Herberger Theater Center is a 501(c)(3) Arizona non-profit organization that supports and fosters growth of the arts in Phoenix as the premier performance venue, arts incubator and advocate. Opened in 1989 and fully renovated in 2010, the Herberger Theater offers three theater venues, art gallery, plaza and rentable event space for a variety of community uses. The Herberger Theater hosts a diverse range of dramatic, dance and musical performances; is home to local theater and dance companies; its gallery provides a venue for Arizona artists to present their works; and a plaza that hosts civic and arts events. Proceeds from annual fundraising benefits its Youth Outreach Programs, designed to give Arizona children (ages 3-19) opportunities to excel, learn and heal through experience with the arts. Over the last 28 years, 4.2 million patrons have enjoyed more than 15,000 performances at the Herberger Theater. HerbergerTheater.org