Chimney sweeps who step in time. Those precocious, kite-flying Banks children. The bird woman on the cathedral steps. A spoonful of sugar. That mysterious nanny who’s practically perfect in every way.
These iconic images and many more will come to life on the stage in Theatre TJC’s production of “Mary Poppins,” Disney’s musical retelling of the classic tale by P.L. Travers.
“There is absolutely nothing that compares to the excitement and energy of live theater,” said Production Director Denise Weatherly-Green, a theater professor. “From the costumes, sets and lighting to our live orchestra and exciting musical numbers, our students and faculty have poured everything they have into this production. It’s a spectacular show.”
The Tyler Junior College spring musical is a long-standing tradition, bringing together the talents of the school’s music, theater and dance departments.
Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Wise Auditorium on campus.
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. TJC Box Office hours are noon to 6 p.m. weekdays during the run of the show. For reservations, call 903-510-2212.
Andrea Trent, TJC voice professor, serves as the music director. Carolyn Hanna, director of TJC Academy of Dance, is the choreographer. Brittany Puente is assistant director. Lauren Fields and Grace Lutterell are the stage managers. Lucy Salto is assistant stage manager. Stone French is the fly rail captain.
Victoria Dickson plays the title role. Others in key roles are: Ethan Beam as Bert; Levi Hawkins as George Banks; Ashton Eichelman as Wininfred Banks, Skyler Brumit as Jane Banks, Zach Combs as Michael Banks and Katlyn Lamar as Katie Nanna.
OTHERS IN THE CAST
Policeman/chorus, Patrick Bassham; Miss Lark/chorus, Rita Roman; Admiral Boom/chorus, J.W. McFarland; Mrs. Brill Robertson, Nicki Dempsey; Robertson, Bradon McQueen; park keeper/chorus, Trey Andrews; Neleus, Oliver Howard; Poseidon, Trey Treadway; bank chairman/chorus, Jacob Taylor; bank tellers/chorus, Kristina Butler, Katlyn Lamar, Tyler King and Dustin Thomas; Von Hussler/chorus, Gerardo Carreon; Northbrook/chorus, Bryce Neel; bird woman/chorus, Nadine Booth; Mrs. Corry/chorus, Holly Tarkon; Fannie/chorus, Emilie Casper; Annie/chorus, London Hibbs; Valentine/chorus, Walker Delk; ragdoll/chorus, Alyssa Whitaker; nutcracker/chorus, Chris Fisher; toy soldiers/chorus, Trey Treadway, Jonathan Hammond, Bryce Neel and Patrick Nussbaum; ballerina, Savannah Williams; China doll/lion statues/chorus, Delaney Eckhardt and Tenesha Hall; and Miss Andrew, Illiana Herrera.
Chimney sweeps are: Trey Andrews, Patrick Bassham, Kristina Butler, Gerardo Carreon, Walker Delk, Delaney Eckhardt, Chris Fisher, Tanesha Hall, Jonathan Hammond, London Hibbs, J.W. McFarland, Bryce Neel, Holly Tarkon, Dustin Thomas, Alyssa Whitaker and Savannah Williams.