Lees-McRae is kicking off the 31st Summer Theatre season with Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, which runs from June 26-July 3. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, the show delighted Broadway audiences for more than 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The shows will take place in the Hayes Auditorium of Broyhill Theatre.
While the show is widely recognizable, it has not been done before like this. Directing Mary Poppins is Dr. Janet Barton Speer who is known throughout the high country for her superior quality productions. Speer states, “Mary Poppins is quite ambitious. Apart from the 100 plus performers, designers and technicians, the play adds an incredible element – flying!”
A show for adults and children alike, there are many moral stories in Mary Poppins. Patrons will see the importance of attention to the homeless and people who are different, attention to the value of money, to animals and to one another, and of course, attention to family. The singing, dancing, beautiful sets and costumes, magic tricks and well-known songs like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” will provide an enchanting experience.
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre is committed to producing quality theatre experiences. The company, including professionals and students training in their craft, serves the high country community as collaborators for the betterment of our area.
For more information about Summer Theatre or to purchase your tickets online, please visit lmc.edu/summertheatre or call 828.898.8709. The Summer Theatre Box Office on the Lees-McRae College campus is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. for walk-in patrons. Ticket prices are $40–$35 for adults and $18–$20 for children.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 1,000 students hailing from 31 states and more than 8 countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning. For more information, please visit www.lmc.edu or call 828-898-5241.
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