ELKIN — It’s going be a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious summer with Foothills Theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins” to be performed for four shows this July. The group is celebrating its 48th season of community theater in Elkin with this new and exciting show.
Directors are Kim Arnold and Tommy Jackson with Leighanne Martin Wright as producer. Jackson’s first show with the Foothills Theatre group was last summer’s “Chicago.” Arnold and Wright have worked on 16 musicals together.
“I am very excited to be a part of this play,” Arnold said. “I look forward to working on the play every summer and this year is a bonus because I have always loved ‘Mary Poppins.’ We have a very talented cast which will make it even more enjoyable.”
Playing the role of the “practically perfect” Mary Poppins will be Melissa Lawrence of Mount Airy, who is returning for her second show with Foothills Theatre.
“The stage version is the movie version plus some innovations. It will be magical,” Lawrence said of the production. “Also, I’m thrilled to be back at Foothills another year. I’m excited to work with this talented group.”
The cast also includes Scott Carpenter of Mount Airy as chimney sweep and best friend to all, Bert; David Nielsen of Elkin as the overworked father, George Banks; Christine Werner Booher of Elkin as the distracted mother, Winifred Banks; and Alli Pardue of Hamptonville and Jaron Nunnemaker of Jonesville as the Banks children in need of a nanny, and of fun, Jane and Michael.
Cast members in roles as well as the ensemble include Susan Lawrence of Dobson as Mrs. Brill, Dru Billings of Mount Airy as Robertson Ay, Aspen Jackson of Elkin as the bird woman, Morgan Harrison of Boonville as the park keeper and Von Hussler, Kitsey Harrison of Boonville as Katie Nanna, Sarah Lawrence of Mount Airy as Miss Andrews, Mary Keller of Elkin as Miss Lark, Mary Johnson of Elkin as Miss Smythe, Vicky Zickmund of Mocksville as Mrs. Correy, Aaron Blackwelder of Elkin as the bank chairman, Dustin Bledsoe of Elkin as the policeman and Northbrook, Tyler Zickmund of Mocksville as Neleus, Addison Blackwelder of Elkin as Valentine, and Gabriel Hammesfahr of Boonville as Admiral Boom.
The ensemble includes Neil Green of Elkin, Sadie Keller of Elkin, Isabella Brumfield of Elkin, Molly Gibson of Hamptonville, Sandra Hammesfahr of Boonville, Amy Cockerham of Mount Airy, Eva Bey of East Bend, Claire Grider of Elkin, Nicole Freeman of Elkin, Lucas Keller of Elkin, Henry Freeman of Elkin, Cassidy Transou of Elkin, Bailey Young of Elkin, Gracie Briggs of Elkin, Ada Blackwelder of Elkin, and Mia Burchette of Elkin.
With big dance numbers such as “Step In Time” and “Jolly Holiday,” the play will showcase many of the cast who have strong dance backgrounds. Not to mention everyone’s favorite songs like “Feed the Birds,” Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and, of course, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to join Foothills Theatre’s Production of Mary Poppins this summer,” said cast member Dru Billings. “This show holds a special place in my heart as I had the pleasure of leading the show as Bert last year in Twin City Stage’s production and had an amazing experience. This will be my first production with Foothills Theatre and everyone has been extremely welcoming. I hope everyone comes out to enjoy a show full of life lessons, laughter and magic. See you at the theater!”
Performances will be July 23 at 7:30 p.m., July 24 at 2:30 p.m., July 29 at 7:30 p.m., and July 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Elkin High School’s Dixon Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door and will be $10 for teens and adults and $7 for children 12 and younger.