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High-flying Mary Poppins lands on the Stanley stage

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Sara-Jean Hosie plays Mary Poppins in the Arts Club Theatre Company production of Mary Poppins.

The Stanley theatre is about to get its own spoonful of sugar this holiday season as The Arts Club Theatre Company presents the family-friendly Mary Poppins.

Originally a five-book series written in the 1930s by P.L. (Pamela) Travers, it wasn’t until the 1964 Disney movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke that this story of  the magical nanny received renewed interest.  With the popularity of the movie, Broadway producers began clamouring to create a stage version, but it wasn’t until 1993 that mega-musical producer Cameron Mackintosh acquired the rights.  Another ten years would pass before the show would finally open in London’s West End with a new book written by Downton Abbey creator and writer Julian Fellowes.

Featuring such memorable songs as “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and a few new ones, Vancouver audiences will even get to witness Mary flying over the rooftops of London inside the Stanley Theatre.

Culture Vulture David C Jones speaks with Sara-Jeanne Hosie who will bring this iconic character to life.

Mary Poppins plays The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Theatre through January 5, 2013.  Visit http://artsclub.com for tickets and information.

David C JonesDavid C. Jones is an arts lover and a critical thinker. He makes films, directs plays, teaches, is a professional emcee and writes for the OUTtv website and The Charlebois Post.

Follow David on Twitter or visit him online at DavidCJones.ca.

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