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Twinsburg residents play part in Hudson Players' 'Mary Poppins'

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: January 24, 2017 11:03 AM
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Hudson Players will present the musical "Mary Poppins," opening Feb. 3 at the Barlow Community Center in Hudson.

The production team includes director Claudia Lillibridge of Twinsburg.

"Growing up, watching Mary Poppins was a staple in my household and I loved the music and magic of it," Lillibridge said. "While our cast is quite large and it has been a challenge fitting them all on stage, I am hopeful this production will bring similar magical feelings to our audience, especially with a few special effects we have up our sleeves."

The cast features more than 30 local actors, including Ellie Kelly, of Mayfield Heights, as Mary Poppins, and Bradley Hills, of Kent, as Bert. The Banks children are played by Tenley Stitzer, of Hudson, and Matthew Radicelli, of Twinsburg.

Other Twinsburg residents involved with Mary Poppins include Marissa Durbin as Valentine the Doll; John Webb as Admiral Boom; Michael Turle as the butler Robertson Ay; and Glen Johnston as a police officer and member of the ensemble.

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Mark Durbin of Twinsburg is a co-producer of the show.

The musical is based on the classic Walt Disney movie, and expanded to include additional episodes from P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins books.

It opens with Bert, a jack-of-all trades, introducing the audience to 1910 England and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep.

Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again, taking the children on magical and memorable adventures along the way. However, the children aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon, as even Mr. and Mrs. Banks learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."

Performances are Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24 and 25. Curtain time is 8 p.m., except for the Sunday matinees on Feb. 12 and 19, which will start at 2 p.m.

The Feb. 12 performance will be interpreted with American Sign Language specialists.

Tickets are available by going to www.hudsonplayers.com, or calling 330-655-8522.

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