Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London is an address you may be familiar with. Sure, maybe not quite as familiar as an address like 1600 Pennsylvania Ave or 10 Downing Street, but you might just stop and think... "I've heard that address somewhere..." Well, think back a few years to times that were a little more innocent, and you may have had a favorite story or movie...getting warmer? Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane is where the world famous nanny Mary Poppins flew into back in 1934 if you're a fan of the book and in 1964 Disney got a hold of the story and turned it into a timeless movie that has been shared by generations ever since. It's a staple of story telling and a great family friendly production. You've got the opportunity to be part of the magic once again as the Muskegon Civic Theater presents Mary Poppins opening May 4th at the Frauenthal Center in Downtown Muskegon.
It's huge cast of 35 performers and 16 musicians that are putting on this incredible performance. They have been working for months to rehearse, choreograph, sing and act. In fact, Mary Poppins if the largest production ever put on by the Muskegon Civic Theater. Opening night is only a few days away, and if you have not been to the Frauenthal Center lately, this is the perfect occasion to get the family together and enjoy a show in Muskegon and support the Muskegon Civic Theater who has been keeping the performing arts alive since 1985. Not only with the productions they put on, but they also offer a performing arts school, theater camps, and internships for those who are looking for some experience in theater.
As the final touches get put on the set, and the curtain sets to rise... I was able to catch up with some of the primary folks that are helping make this amazing show come to life in Downtown Muskegon. Teri Gust is the Executive Director of the Muskegon Civic Theater, Jason Bertoia is directing the performance and Philip David DeYoung is the musical director. I had a chance to join them on the stage at the Frauenthal to talk about this great production....and we might even have a walk on cameo by one of the illustrious stars of the show... talk a listen below.
Folks, like I made mention of in the video there. Performing Arts are essential for young minds. So often today kids are immersed in digital media like games, social media, television and more. There are some advantages to a little more digital savvy, but things like imagination and inspiration need to be fueled too and what better way to do that than an evening of live theater? Real people on stage....real musicians playing right before their eyes, people flying away on umbrella's in the case of Mary Poppins....all amazing things for young minds to see and older minds to marvel at as well. Make sure you head down to the Frauenthal Center and enjoy a performance of Mary Poppins. You can find the link for tickets in the photo below!
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