It’s a jolly holiday with Mary Pop­pins

Athens Area Coun­cil for the Arts’ youth theater pre­sent­ing mu­si­cal

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Per­haps it’ s due to ex­cite­ment over the up­com­ing “Mary Pop­pins” film star­ring Lin-Manuel Mi­randa and Emily Blunt, due out in De­cem­ber, but for the sec­ond week in a row a re­gional theater’s youth troupe is open­ing a pro­duc­tion of “Mary Pop­pins.”

The youth theater of Artis­tic Civic Theatre in Dal­ton, Ge­or­gia, opened their show last week. This week­end, the Athens Area Coun­cil for the Arts chil­dren’s theater in Athens, Ten­nes­see, presents “Mary Pop­pins,” be­gin­ning Fri­day, Sept. 21. This pro­duc­tion is not “Mary Pop­pins Jr.,” but the full mu­si­cal.

Jack- of- all trades Bert in­tro­duces the au­di­ence to the trou­bled Banks fam­ily. Young Jane and Michael have sent many nan­nies pack­ing be­fore Mary Pop­pins ar­rives on their doorstep

Us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of magic and com­mon sense, she teaches the fam­ily mem­bers how to value each other. Mary Pop­pins takes the chil­dren on many mem­o­rable ad­ven­tures, and even the grown- ups learn a les­son or two from the nanny.

Emma Bran­nen is cast in the ti­tle role. Baruch Ga­bel plays Bert.

The Banks fam­ily is com­prised of Ju­dah Ren­shaw and Lau­ren Luallen as par­ents Ge­orge and Winifred. Walker Combs and Emer­son McKen­zie are their chil­dren, Michael and Jane.

The ACT pro­duc­tion is di­rected by Tyler Peaden, with mu­si­cal di­rec­tion by Jennifer Nun­ley. Chore­og­ra­phy is by Jedi Ga­bel.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-745-8781.

ATHENS AREA COUN­CIL FOR THE ARTS CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The cast of “Mary Pop­pins” in­cludes front row, from left, Walker Combs, Tal­lu­lah Bor­wich, Baruch Ga­bel, Emily Of­futt, Lucy Coe, Lau­ren Du­gan and Macy Knox. On the sec­ond row are Han­nah McCall, Ruby Mor­gan, Emma Bran­nen, John Ga­bel and Na­talie Leone­sio.

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