Mary Poppins flies up, up and away
Before flying across the arena in Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical, lead actress Melissa Nicholson, headed to Canopy Tours to practice this week.
There is an ironic twist to Nicholson’s role – she’s scared of heights.
However she was determined to face her fears before the high-flying shows began at Rotorua Energy Events Centre.
‘‘I was a bit anxious heading out to Canopy Tours but the team were lovely and very mindful of my fear of heights. As soon as we got going I absolutely loved it,’’ said Nicholson.
She was thrilled to be chosen to play the iconic Mary Poppins and has a string of roles to her credit including Cabaret, Rent, Annie, Chicago and Hairspray.
Many will recognise her from her last Rotorua role as Eva Pero´n in Evita and offstage Nicholson is an English teacher at Otu¯moetai College, Tauranga.
After Rotorua Musical Theatre had to move the show from the closed Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre to the Rotorua Energy Events Centre discussions quickly began about how to make the show magical in the new and larger venue.
Rotorua Musical Theatre President Natasha Benfell is excited to showcase the hard work by all the cast and crew as well as unveil some of the spectacular flying tricks they have up their sleeves.
‘‘The arena is going to be magical and coupled with an innovative set, fantastic back stage crew and talented performers. This is going to be a show you won’t want to miss,’’ said Benfell.
This limited season of Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical will offer 12 shows at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre until March 24, 2018.
A range of seating and family concessions are available through www.ticketmaster.co.nz