Local theatre group the Churchmice Players brings the classic musical to life
Churchmice Players are bringing the musical Mary Poppins to life at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre Feb. 9 – 12 and 15 – 18. The cast and crew have been working hard to produce the show that is full of singing, music, colourful costumes, local acting talent and more.
Mary Poppins is a musical based upon the stories of P.L Travers and Walt Disney. The production is a musical adventure into the lives of Mary Poppins and many other characters. Mary Poppins is a wild babysitter who tries to brighten up the Banks family’s lives with her shenanigans.
The role of Mary Poppins is being played by a Camrose born and raised woman, Ashley Kambeitz. She has been in acting since grade two and is now an actor and a mother.
“I am on maternity leave,” said Kambeitz. “When I am working I actually cannot commit to a show like this so every time I have maternity leave I’ve been able to sneak in a show.”
“It’s fun to bring entertainment to other people and make them laugh and smile,” said Kambeitz.
Most of the actors said their favourite part is when they are singing “Step in Time,” in which the chimney sweeps jump into action. The actors fill the stage with the classic dance and song in this scene.
“The energy is so high in that and the music is really lively,” said actor Peggy Noble-Cappie. “It’s like a party on stage “added Amy Bishop, another of the actors.
For some actors, this is another play in the books, but for Noble-Cappie this is her first time being a part of a production.
As did many kids, Noble-Cappie grew up listening to Mary Poppins.
“I have the actual Disney album, the LP,” said Noble-Cappie. “I begged my mum to buy it I loved it so much. She took it out of her grocery money; I think it was all of 99 cents.”
For many of the actors, this is their first time performing in the building. They love the sound, space and knowing that the audience always has a great view.
“Being in such a nice place just takes it up a notch,” said Amy Bishop, a chimney sweep among several other roles. Bishop is one of many of the actors playing more than one part.
“In this play, there are a lot of random roles people in the chorus can do, like statues, chimney sweeps, toys,” said Bishop.
Scot Lorenson who plays Van Hussler, the German Banker, said he has had fun learning to produce a good German accent.
“The costumes are really colourful […] they really lend to the show,” Lorenson added. The costumes used in the show are designed and made specifically for the production.
The shows run from Feb. 9-11 and 16-19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 general admission Feb. 9, 15 and 16. Tickets are $42 Feb. 10, 11, 17 and 18. For additional information, contact the Box Office at 780-608-2922 or visit camroselive.ca.