Fans of the movie will not be disappointed as the favorite songs are delivered with gusto — but there will also be surprises. This script adds the twist of WHY Mr. Banks is so cranky and distant from his family in act 1, layering in a troubled but salvageable relationship between the parents and a nod toward feminism without the “sister suffragette” bit from the movie. Michael Windnagle eventually transforms Mr. Banks from a stern workaholic to a joyful family man, with the help of his endearing wife played by Mary Maurer - and, of course, Mary Poppins.
The magical nanny was beautifully played by Devin Gill, fulfilling her prescription to be “practically perfect in every way.” She was matched by the charming, amiable philosopher/chimney-sweep jack-of-all-trades, Burt, played by Lansing’s own Ben English. The children (Ava Fett and Ethan Hohagen) were very good and kept up admirably with all the fancy choreography. Diana Lett and Kyle Harwood made a feisty and adorable pair of servants, as Mrs. Brill and Robertson Ay. We were also pleased to see our “Prince” from RWT’s Cinderella, Miles Hayes, in amazing “statuesque” form.
Director/choreographer Garrett Bradley has another hit on his hands. Standing ovations and full houses await. I don’t think it is enTIRely sold out (and this is a big show that would look good from the balcony) so call or go online soon.
The Lebowsky Center 114 E. Main St. • Owosso, Michigan 48867
February 27, 28, March 6, 7 - 8 p.m.
February 28, March 1, 8 - 3 p.m.
Adults: $20, Students/Seniors: $18, Children 13 & under: $10(989) 723-4003www.owossoplayers.com