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
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.