CAST: Veronica Lovejoy as Mary Poppins and Brian Pamphilon as Bert.
CAST: Veronica Lovejoy as Mary Poppins and Brian Pamphilon as Bert. CONTRIBUTED

It's a Spoonful of Sugar on stage

THE world's most beloved nanny is about to land in Ballina.

Mary Poppins is the latest production by Ballina Players, with Veronica Lovejoy as the quirky young governess and Brian Pamphilon in the role of Bert.

Lovejoy said she was happy to play the well-loved character.

"After three months of rehearsal, I'm excited to be taking to the stage as Mary Poppins in the Ballina Players production of the Broadway musical," she said.

"It's a great fun family show, with some great music.

"We have a great cast of about 70 performers."

Mary Poppins is a musical with songs and lyrics by the Sherman Brothers, with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and a script by Julian Fellowes.

The musical is based on the children's books of the same name by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film, and is a fusion of various elements from the two.

The dancing penguins in the Jolly Holiday sequence and the tea party on the ceiling at Uncle Albert's (likely due to the inability to make things float on stage) from the film have been removed, although some community theatres dress their chorus as penguins for it.

The character of Neleus from the books comes to life in the musical, but was not seen the film.

Mrs Corry and her daughters have a cameo in the film, and are in the musical and books.

The musical places more emphasis on Jane and Michael being naughty and their parents being dysfunctional to heighten the drama.

Jane and Michael are constantly answering back and fighting, necessitating a new sequence where Mary brings Jane's doll Valentine and the other toys to life to berate them in the song Playing the Game.

This sequence, originally titled Temper Temper, was inspired from a chapter in the books titled Bad Wednesday.

  • At the Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina, from this Friday until December 10. Visit ballinaplayers.com.au.


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