Mary Poppins

Frankston Arts Centre: January 2016

2016.1 - Mary Poppins

Brief Synopsis

Based on P.L. Travers’ beloved book series of the same name, Mary Poppins became an immediate hit when it premiered as a movie musical in 1964. Forty years later, Cameron Macintosh conceived of an enchanting stage musical that combines elements of Disney’s film with material inspired by Travers’ books. In the musical, Bert, a jack-of-all-trades, invites us into the world of London, England in 1910 — and, specifically, into the dysfunctional home of the Banks family. Jane and Michael, the young Banks children, have sent yet another nanny packing, dismissing these children as hopelessly and irrevocably spoiled and misbehaved. With a father who works constantly and mother who is always distracted, Jane and Michael have suffered without strong caretaking forces in their lives. Then the magical Mary Poppins flies in on the wind, bringing with her a combination of whimsy, magic, and disciplined common sense to the children’s lives. Together, they go on memorable and magical adventures — and also learn the importance of a tidy nursery and of taking the medicine they need (with a spoonful of sugar, of course.) Mary Poppins’ transformational influence does not stop with the children — eventually, she teaches the grown-ups, as well, to open up and realize that “anything can happen if you let it.”







Production Team
Director Karl McNamara
Musical Director Sue Fletcher
Choreographer Steve Rostron
Production Co-ordinator Brett Wingfield
Stage Manager Karen Bates
Costume Design Brett Wingfield
Set and Scenic Design Mike Fletcher
Lighting Design Jason Lord
Sound Design Marcello LoRicco
Steve Cooke
Assistant Choreographer Monica Sabbatucci
Tess Sabbatucci
Original Set Design Chris White
Original Costume Design Vicki Horne
Stage Projection Programming Andrei Chlebnikowski
Lighting Operator David Boddison-Gray
LX – Head Dome Patsi Boddison
LX – Dome Operator Tina Boddison-Gray
Naomi Boddison-Gray
Brooke Van Eerden
Costume Co-ordinator Brett Wingfield
Costume Assistant Ashna Belas
Cathy Conway
Trudy MacKenzie
Maria Sabbatucci
Elise Stevens
Brenda Trickey
Projection Illustrator James Hart
Projection Animations Paul Congdon
Projection Preparation Karl McNamara
Make Up Co-ordinator Kylie McMillan
Make Up Assistant Courtney Beeren
Tayla Leworthy
Emma Mansfield
Program Design Kylie McMillan
Props Co-ordinator Jane Lacey
Props Assistant Ashlee Robertson
Dresser Cathy Conway
Eleisha Collins
Jacinta Wilson
Brett Wingfield
Set Construction Mike Fletcher
Chris Brown
Sound Operator Steve Cooke
Radio Mic Technician Angela Ginsberg
Sarah Ginsberg
Assistant Stage Manager Nicole Lylak
Staging Michael Brasser
Craig Dixon
Maddison Fletcher
Natasha Harvey
Tara Kabalan
Jez Lylak
Rhys Lylak
David Southall
Grace Stevens
Andrew Tunks
Isaac Underhill
Jeff Williams
Flyman Michael Bates
Karen Bates
Tony Hall
Mary Poppins Flying Tiny Good
Robyn Hall
Wigs Co-ordinator Trent Whitmore
Transport Andy Parker
Front of House Co-ordinator Chris Congdon
Front of House Bill McNeilly
Bev Woodford
Gren Sylvester
Green Room Co-ordinator Jan Lavender
Green Room Helen Brown
Chris Congdon
Carole Cuthbertson
Company Physio Peter Nicklen
Rehearsal Pianist Kathryn Leonard
Keyboard Programming Nathan Firmin
The Selfie Company Glenn Thompson
Marketing Brett Wingfield
Courtney Beeren
Kylie McMillan
Company Photographer Mike Fletcher
Zac Groenveld
Children’s Chaperone Jacinta Wilson
Company Tickets Fran Boyd
Audition Secretary Brett Wingfield
Conductor Sue Fletcher
Keyboard 1 Kathryn Leonard
Keyboard 2 Anthony Bingham
Bass Paul Congdon
Cello DebMcLeod
Guitar Darryl Barron
Horn 1 Kevin Close
Horn 2 Celia Mason
Percussion 1 Josh Mulcahay
Percussion 2 Brooke Custerson
Reed 1 Paul Jenkins
Reed 2 Samantha Jones
Reed 3 Andrew Corbel
Trombone 1 John Beckley
Trombone 2 Frank Blackiston
Trumpet 1 Michael Scott
Trumpet 2 Andy Hicks
Frankston Arts Centre


Mary Poppins Nadia Gianinotti
Bert Andrew Perry
George Banks Daniel Ginsberg
Winifred Banks Lauren Elise
Jane Banks Felicity Bertram
Michael Banks Lenny Thomas
Katie Nanna Courtney Smith
Policeman Chris Higgins
Miss Lark Kirsty Hall
Admiral Bloom Peter Jenkins
Mrs Brill Janet Reid
Robertson Ay Aidan Niarros
Ellen Stefania Gatt
Park Keeper Daragh Wills
Neleus Andrew Seymour
Queen Victoria Liz Catford
Bank Chairman Peter Jenkins
Mrs Smythe Cara Johnston
Von Hussler James Davies
John Northbrook James Davies
Bird Woman Shirley Bowen
Mrs Corry Lauren DeSilva
Annie Monica Sabbatucci
Fannie Tess Sabbatucci
Valentine James Davies
Miss Andrews Liz Catford
Ensemble Callum Armstrong
Nicholas Armstrong
Nicholas Barca
Shirley Bowen
Liz Catford
Jo Corbel
Brooke Cowley
James Davies
Lauren DeSilva
Ned Ebert
Lachlan Fletcher
Tom Frost
Stefania Gatt
Rebecca Ginsberg
Gina Goss
Zac Groeneveld
Kirsty Hall
Natasha Harvey
Natalie Heels
Chris Higgins
Peter Jenkins
Cara Johnston
Sebastian Johnston
Alicia Loftus
Mark Mackenzie
Michael Mitchell
Max Rowe
Jesse Thomas
Monica Sabbatucci
Tess Sabbatucci
Andrew Seymour
Saskia Scott
Courtney Smith
Daragh Wills
Children’s Ensemble Summer Brydson
Emma Ginsberg
Zac Wilkins