Summerset Theatre's 42nd season brings 'Mary Poppins' to the stage

Highland Community College's 42nd season of Summerset Theatre will present "Mary Poppins." Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on July 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18 and at 2 p.m. on July 19 at the Fine Arts Theatre in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center.

The musical is based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film, with original music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, and book by Julian Fellowes. New songs and additional music and lyrics are by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The story introduces the audience to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Mary Poppins arrives as the new nanny and teaches the family how to value each other again.

Highland's production features a cast, crew, and orchestra of more than 100 students and community members, as well as, flying effects provided by Hall Associates Flying Effects. There will be spectacular dancing, elaborate scenery and special effects, stunning original costumes, and some of the most beloved and memorable songs ever written for a musical including "Spoonful of Sugar," "Let's Go Fly A Kite," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Step in Time," "Feed The Birds" and "Jolly Holiday" as well as several new songs.

Director Mark Jansen, states, "Our production contains original staging and several exciting surprises. Mary Poppins is a heartwarming show with an important message about love and cherishing what really matters. Families in our area will definitely want to experience 'Mary Poppins' on the Highland Summerset stage."

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $8 for students. There is a $2 service charge per ticket. Tickets are sold at the Box Office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center. Reservations made be made online at, or by calling 815.599.3718.

Mary Poppins Cast

Bert: Jay Donaldson, Freeport

George Banks: Tim Connors, Freeport

Winifred Banks: Becky Connors, Freeport

Jane Banks: Hailey Johnson, Pearl City

Michael Banks: Noah Redmore, Freeport

Katie Nanna: Kiley Schulz, Stockton

Policeman: Steve Fricke, Freeport

Miss Lark: Lauren Kimpel, Freeport

Mrs. Brill: Kim Fricke, Freeport

Robertson Ay: Andrew Reid, Lena

Mary Poppins: Tracy Bristow, Monroe, WI

Park Keeper: John Jurkovic, Lena

Neleus: Chandler Lindsay, Rock City

Queen Victoria: Katie Simler, Freeport

Bank Chairman: Joe Kanosky, Freeport

Miss Smythe: McKenzie Davidson, Winnebago

Von Hussler: Roland Tolliver, Freeport

John Northbrook: Chandler Lindsay, Rock City

Bird Woman: Mary Scholbe, Freeport

Mrs. Corey: Melissa Hollister, Freeport

Annie: Julia Stoikes, Freeport

Frannie: Mollie Fissell, Freeport

Miss Andrew: Joy Hotchkiss, Forreston

Ensemble Cast

Riley Bach, Freeport; Dwight Bayer, Lena; Adam Bumber, Pecatonica; Mallory Clark, Freeport; Isabella Dickman, Pearl City; Mollie Fissel, Freeport; Carter Hopkins-Croak, Freeport; Hope Hotchkiss, Forreston; Corban Hotchkiss, Forreston; Krista Keene, Lena; Britney Kieselhorst, Freeport; Chandler Lindsay, Rock City; Timothy Lott, Pearl City; Lauren Miller, Freeport; Delaney Munda, Baileyville; Brooke Parkinson, Freeport; Annie Peterson, Freeport; Ella Redmore, Freeport; Layla Roling, Freeport; Davidia Sanders, Freeport; Gregory Tolliver, Freeport; Teresa Tolliver, Freeport; Anne Vrtol, Freeport and Nylasha Williams, Freeport

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