Mudgee Disability Support Service will present its own version of Mary Poppins on June 20 at the Town Hall Theatre.
The group last year performed an unpredictable and constantly hilarious Alice in Wonderland in the Mudgee Baptist Church.
The production was such fun that the group made drama a regular activity and has been working for more than a year towards the upcoming production.
After selecting Mary Poppins as their subject, the performers worked with program officer Ingrid Puxty to develop a script that would show everybody’s individual talents and present a unique interpretation of the tale.
Mudgee Disability Support Service team leader Sue Field was recruited in the title role and although at first she was a reluctant actor, she has proved herself a natural in a quirky new interpretation of the magical nanny.
After seeing Mudgee Performing Arts’ Aladdin pantomime, the performers were keen to take their own production to the Town Hall Theatre, so Mary Poppins will be presented on Mudgee’s premier stage.
Tickets for the show went on sale online this week and sold so quickly that by the end of the first day, only 30 tickets were left.
If demand is strong, the performers may add a matinee show.
John Malone, who will play the constable and a chimney sweep, loves performing and is looking forward to dancing to the song ‘Parachute’ as part of the production, following his performance last year accompanied by ‘Gangnam Style’.
Mark Kurtz plays a grown-up version of Michael Banks - audiences will have to wait to see just how he grows up so quickly - and said his favourite part of the show was seeing Mr Banks fired from his job.
Sandra Eades said her favourite scene was the singing of ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’.
The production will also feature the young singers from the Stepping Out glee club, dancers from REPS School of Dance, and cameos from Mudgee Performing Arts players Josh Hayward, Tyrolin Puxty and Sam Paine.