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Mary Poppins Arrives in Plymouth: 70 Kids and Teens Bring Beloved Story to PARC Stage

Tickets now available for six shows of “Mary Poppins Jr.” on March 8 through 11, presented by Forever After Productions

PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- The world’s favorite nanny will blow into Plymouth on the March wind, as Forever After Productions presents the youth theater version of “Mary Poppins” March 8 to 11.

More than 70 talented children and teens from Plymouth, Canton and surrounding communities make up the cast that will bring the magical, musical story to life. Their production of “Mary Poppins Jr.” will transform the stage of the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Center (PARC) Playhouse into the streets and rooftops of London, with the help of parent volunteers.

From “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Jolly Holiday” to “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”, the show includes many of the well-known songs written for the 1964 movie based on P.L. Travers’ children’s novels. It also adds new songs, characters and story lines written for the stage musical, which made its Broadway debut in 2006, received seven Tony nominations and ran for more than 2,500 performances.

The show runs just over 70 minutes with one intermission, making it ideal for younger performers and audiences. Ticket prices are family-friendly, too, at just $10 for each general admission seat. They’re on sale now via www.iheartforeverafter.org or by calling Forever After Productions at (734) 547-5156.

The young cast includes two second cousins, Ashley Redmond and Hannah Veal, sharing the title role in alternate shows. They’re supported by dozens of elementary, middle and high school students who have rehearsed since December for the performances.

“They can sing, they can dance, they can spell ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ while singing and dancing,” says Sarah Chapman of Canton, the show’s director. “We can’t wait to share the fun and magic of this show with the community.”

"The familiar songs from the movie, written by the Sherman brothers, are so appealing," says Mary Anne Martin, Music Director, "But it’s been wonderful to work with the cast on the newer songs by Stiles and Drewe as well."

Dialect coach and Forever After office manager Shirley Auty, originally from Great Britain, notes that the show’s story was adapted from the novels and movie by Julian Fellowes. The creator of “Downton Abbey” is an expert on English life in the 1910s, when Mary Poppins is set.

The hardworking young cast will perform evening shows at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, and matinees at 2 p.m. March 10, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on March 11, will all be presented at PARC, at 650 Church St. in downtown Plymouth. Free parking is available behind the building, off Adams St. For more about Forever After Productions, visit www.iheartforeverafter.org, email  foreveraftermail@gmail.com or follow on Instagram at @foreverafter_productions or Facebook at www.facebook.com/ForeverAfter/ .