It’s a story most peo­ple know and love but, when Mary Pop­pins opens tomorrow, the cast are aim­ing to cre­ate a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence

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Tim Hill has fond mem­o­ries of hol­i­day­ing on the Gold Coast as a child and see­ing bril­liant pro­duc­tions come to life on The Arts Cen­tre stage.

The direc­tor and NIDA grad­u­ate says it was al­ways his dream to one day work in that grand the­atre.

Tomorrow his wish will be granted as he opens the cur­tains on a thrilling ad­ven­ture.

“I couldn’t imag­ine a bet­ter pro­duc­tion than Mary

Pop­pins,” he says. “It’s just such a beau­ti­ful the­atre – there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Work­ing here is some­thing I have al­ways wanted to do.” Tim be­lieves his ver­sion of

Mary Pop­pins will have the au­di­ence con­nect­ing with the char­ac­ters like never be­fore.

“All of us have grown up with the film – you would strug­gle to find some­one who hasn’t seen it,” he says.

“It’s a won­der­ful story. Not only does it have the magic of Mary Pop­pins but also the heart of the fam­ily, you see their prob­lems and how they solve them. I want the au­di­ence to con­nect with the char­ac­ters like real peo­ple, and re­late to them.”

The vi­brant Broad­way mu­si­cal and much-loved Dis­ney film opens tomorrow night and will be staged for one week only.

Tim says be­ing tasked with bring­ing the large-scale pro­duc­tion to­gether has been noth­ing short of “ex­cit­ing”.

“It’s a very big show – there’s so many el­e­ments in­volved – the set is huge, the ensem­ble is big, there is fly­ing,” he says.

The lo­cal pro­duc­tion stars Ge­orgina Hop­son as Mary Pop­pins, Max Pat­ter­son as Bert, Stephen Hirst as Ge­orge Banks and Carla Tooma as Win­fred Banks. Tim says the best thing about the show is that it is suited to ev­ery­one.

“I think chil­dren will love the magic but adults will love the heart of the story,” he says. Mary Pop­pins, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, tomorrow to June 25


Ge­orgina Hop­son plays Mary Pop­pins and Max Pat­ter­son is Bert.

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