Kara Lindsay and Nicolas Dromard To Star in MARY POPPINS at North Carolina Theatre

Kara Lindsay and Nicolas Dromard To Star in MARY POPPINS at North Carolina TheatreNorth Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional theatre producing Broadway musical revivals, has announced the cast of its upcoming summer production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS. Leading the cast in her North Carolina Theatre debut is Broadway sensation Kara Lindsay as everyone's favorite nanny, "Mary Poppins", alongside Nicolas Dromard. NC native Eric Woodall is set to direct with choreography by Ryan Kasprzak. NC Theatre's production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins will play July 26-31, 2016 at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

Kara Lindsay has appeared in starring roles on Broadway, most notably as "Glinda" in Wicked and Newsies as "Katherine". She has also taken center stage on a host of National Tours, including Little House on the Prairie ("Laura"), Cinderella ("Cinderella"), and Cabaret ("Sally Bowles"). Reviving his Broadway role, Nicolas Dromard will play the energetic, chimney-sweeping best friend, "Bert." He was last seen on Broadway as "Tommy DeVito" in Jersey Boys. Other credits include "Fiyero" in Wicked and "Billy Lawlor" in 42nd Street.

Also appearing is Lisa Brescia (Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Wicked; Regional: Hamlet, Cabaret), as "Winifred Banks," and Gary Milner as "George Banks" (Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, West End: Love Story). Kathy Fitzgerald returns to NC Theatre as "Mrs. Brill/Bird Woman" after appearing in the 2012 production of Legally Blonde. Broadway credits include "Ms. Morrible" in Wicked on Broadway and "Roz" in 9 to 5.

Returning to the NC Theatre stage is Riley Campbell in the role as "Jane Banks". Campbell made her professional debut with North Carolina Theatre as "Young Cosette" in LES MISERABLES in 2014, as well as appearing in The Little Mermaid that year. She was last seen in The Wolf and Carousel at Theatre Raleigh. Playing her brother "Michael" is Micah Boan in his first NC Theatre performance, having previously appeared in Elon's Oklahoma!

Also appearing is Jane Blass (Miss Andrew), Ryan Breslin (Robertson Ay), Tim Caudle (Admiral Boom), and Elise Dwenger (Miss Lark). Rounding out the cast is Dance Captain Kelly Liz Bolick, Leilani Carr, Luke Hawkins, Kinsland Howell, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Daniel Marhelko, Yolanda Rabun, Jose Rondon Jr., and Peyton Royal, Matthew Tiberi, Collin Yates, Sean Seymour and Lydia Tart.

The children's ensemble consists of students from the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory, NC Theatre's flagship training program: Adele Baldina, Addie Ruth Fornes, Emma Rae Fornes, and Skyla Woodard.

The creative team of North Carolina Theatre's production of Mary Poppins is led by Artistic Director Casey Hushion and Producer Carolee Baxter. The design team includes Brian L. Hunt and Eric Collins (Sound Design), Meredith Scott (Costumer) and Charlie Morrison (Lighting Design). Edward G. Robinson will serve as Music Director.

Based on the popular Disney movie of the same name, Mary Poppins tells the story of a mysterious English nanny sent to straighten out the children of the Banks family. The young nanny takes the children on a series of adventures while solving their problems in the most peculiar ways. A touch of magic and a spoonful of sugar transform the Banks family and teach all of us a lesson or two along the way. Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

For tickets to NC Theatre's production of MARY POPPINS visit NCTheatre.com or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. For groups of 10 or more, call 919- 831-6941 x6949. Coming up in our 2016/2017 season: Monty Python's SPAMALOT November 15-20, 2016; ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE, January 20-29, 2017; SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, February 14-19, 2017; JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, April 11- 16, 2017; MATILDA THE MUSICAL, May 23-28, 2017; DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, July 25-30, 2017.

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