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Resident In Richter Weekend Production Of ‘Mary Poppins Jr’



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DANBURY — Musicals at Richter will conclude its 2019 offerings with Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr, performed by students from its Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop.

Staged on the grounds of Richter House Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury, performances are scheduled for 8 pm Thursday through Saturday, August 15-17.

Adapted from the award-winning Broadway musical and beloved Disney film, Mary Poppins Jr introduces its audiences to the Banks family in 1910 London as their world is turned upside down by new nanny Mary Poppins.

Using a combination of magic and common sense, Mary Poppins must teach the Banks family members how to value each other again. She 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."

Directed by Jen Yates McPartlin of New Fairfield and choreographed by Tori Kuffler of Danbury, Mary Poppins Jr features a talented cast of more than 20 young area performers. Among the cast is Sandy Hook resident Sara Heinen, taking on the role of The Bird Woman.

Aaliyah Frank of Danbury is the mysteriously magical Mary Poppins, and Hannah McGuire of Bethel is Mary’s chimney sweep friend Bert. Madison Montelione of New Fairfield) and Isabelle Stein of Danbury play Jane and Michael Banks; and Morwenna Zarba of Danbury and Alana Ferreira of New Milford are the children’s parents Winifred and George Banks.

Olivia Scherer and Dylan Robinson-D’Imperio, both of Danbury, portray housekeeper Mrs Brill and servant Robinson Ay, respectively; VitaBella Mellaci of Brookfield is Mrs Corry, the magic sweet shop owner; and Curtis Rodriguez of Danbury plays Miss Andrew, George Banks’ overbearing and scary childhood nanny.

Rounding out the company in a variety of singing and dancing roles are Izzy Ferro (Brewster, N.Y.); Claire Calomeni, Tatiana Frouge, Fallon Rivard, Jenna Saltzman, Jack Scherer, and Aviana Steele (Danbury); Chloe Adams and Magdalena Nusbacher (New Fairfield); and Ava Squeglia (New Milford).

With music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and additional songs by George Stiles and Andrew Drewe, the score includes as "Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Practically Perfect,” “Jolly Holiday," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," "Step in Time," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Let's Go Fly a Kite," and many more engaging songs.

The creative team also includes music director Angela Klimaytis and set designer RJ Bogues. Costumes are by Donald BIrely; lighting and sound design are by Ryan Evans and Jose Alves, respectively.

The production staff includes Jack Armstrong, Andrew Cadmus, Robert Fontenelli, Vincent Fontenelli, Kris Heyel, Molly Tarnowski, and Erik Wallin.

Tickets are $15 adults, $10 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for age and under.

They can be purchased at musicalsatrichter.org. Guests are welcome to bring blankets or low chairs for seating; a limited number of chairs are available onsite. A concession stand is also onsite.

For additional information, call 203-748-6873 or visit musicalsatrichter.org.

Students from Musicals at Richter’s Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop will conclude the program’s 2019 offerings with three performances of. Outdoor evening shows are planned for August 15-17. —David Henningsen Photography
Portraying The Bird Woman, Sandy Hook resident Sara Heinen is part of the cast of 20 regional student performers in this weekend’s production of . —David Henningsen Photography
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