Summer Theater Intensive: Mary Poppins Jr.
Join us for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure into the world of Mary Poppins! Wells Community Theater presents a two-week summer theater intensive where young people ages 8-18 will rehearse for ten days, culminating in performances of Mary Poppins, Jr. This show is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers, adapted for young performers into a 1-hour production. Click below to pre-register now, or stop by the Creative Arts office to complete a paper registration. Roles for the production are listed at the bottom of this page. There is a $50 participation fee for this program. Scholarship opportunities are available.
Saturday, May 18 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Arts, Commerce & Visitors Centre
211 Water Street | Bluffton, IN 46714
June 10 - 21 | weekdays, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
June 21-22 | Bluffton High School
About the Show
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect.
Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that
"Anything can happen if you let it."
The narrator of the story, is a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, Bert is a chimney sweep and a sidewalk artist, among many other occupations. With a twinkle in his eye and a skip in his step, Bert watches over the children and the goings-on around Cherry Tree Lane. He is a song-and-dance man with oodles of charm who is wise beyond his years.
Husband to Winifred and father to Jane and Michael, is a banker to the very fiber of his being. Demanding "precision and order" in his household, he is a pip-and-slippers man who doesn't have much to do with his children and believes that Miss Andrew, his cruel, strict childhood nanny, gave him the perfect upbringing. George's emotional armor, however off-putting, conceals a sensitive soul.
George's wife and Jane and Michael's mother. She is a loving homemaker who is busy trying to live up to her husband's social aspirations while striving to be a model wife and mother.
The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.
The cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and longs desperately for his attention. Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents.
The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family. Overworked, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed. Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath.
The houseboy to the Banks family. Forgetful and clumsy, he often bungles simple tasks. Note: his last name is pronounced like “eye.”
Jane and Michael Banks’s new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet very particular, and sometimes a little frightening, but she is always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says.
Ensemble Groups & Featured Roles:
All ensembles require group singing; featured roles require either solo singing or solo acting, or both.
Katie Nanna is Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.
The Park Strollers are citizens of London who go from drab and dreary to bright and colorful as they get swept up in Mary Poppins’s adventures in the park.
The Statues are stone sculptures. Thanks to Mary Poppins, these works of art come alive and dance with Bert and the Park Strollers.
Neleus is a statue who, once brought to life by Mary Poppins, is very happy to befriend Jane and Michael.
The Bird Woman is covered in a patchwork of old shawls, her pockets stuffed with bags of crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell the crumbs to Passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist.
The Honeybees are conjured by Mary Poppins to help teach the children the benefits of “A Spoonful of Sugar.”
The Clerks, like George, are employees at the bank.
Miss Smythe is the bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.
Chairman, the head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed shirt.
Von Hussler is a businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal.
John Northbrook is an honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community.
Vagrants, Buskers, and Passerby
Vagrants, Buskers, and Passerby are citizens of London passing by the cathedral during “Feed the Birds.”
Mrs. Corry owns a magical Talking Shop. She is a mysterious woman of indeterminate age, but has plenty of spirit and is sharp as a tack.
The Customers are bright, colorful British citizens visiting Mrs. Corry’s Talking Shop.
Miss Andrew is George’s overbearing and scary childhood nanny. With her bottle of nasty- tasting brimstone and treacle to keep naughty children in line, she is a bully who only knows one way of doing things: her way.
Kite Flyers consist of families flying kites in the park.
Chimney Sweeps are Bert’s cheerful, friendly, and agile friends who keep London’s chimneys in working order.
Policeman and the Messenger
The Policeman, a neighborhood patrol officer, and the Messenger deliver a summons to George from the bank.