Are you ready for a magical adventure? WNCâ€™s Let WNCâ€™s outstanding Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company take you on one with its first-time presentation of Broadway blockbuster musical â€œMary Poppins.â€
In celebrating its 25th anniversary this fall, WNMTC brings the stage production alive for three weekends starting Friday, Nov. 6 at the Carson City Community Center.
â€œThe entire company is bursting with excitement for this production,â€ said WNMTC Producer and director Stephanie Arrigotti. â€œAnyone who has seen the stage version of this show will understand their excitement.â€
Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Nov 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 8, 15, 21 and 22.
The collegeâ€™s theatre company has garnered national notice for its professionalism and broad appeal.
â€œBelieve me, you don’t want to miss this show,â€ Arrigotti said. WNMTC productions are attended by patrons from 23 states and have drawn as many as 7,200 people to a single three-week production. â€œIf you’ve never been to one, you’ll want to find out why all those people come to our little Carson City.â€
Attendees will notice few similarities between the film and the stage production, according to Arrigotti. Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes wrote the stage script, giving the characters additional depth and dimension.
â€œThe stage production brings far more texture and energy than the film,â€ Arrigotti said. â€œThis is, most definitely, not just a childrenâ€™s show. When I saw it in New York, I was so blown away I had to fly back to see it again!â€
Extolled WNMTC performers will complement rising talent to create this Broadway sensation. Hannah Eckert, who started in WNMTCâ€™s 2014 production of â€œMy Fair Lady,â€ will play the lead role of Mary Poppins, an English nanny who reconnects a family. Brad Fitch, who portrayed Freddy in that same production, plays Maryâ€™s friend, Bert, the friendly chimney sweep. Mark Williams, who starred as the Phantom in WNMTCâ€™s â€œThe Phantom of the Opera,â€ plays George Banks, Maryâ€™s boss and a father who becomes more involved in his childrenâ€™s lives. Christina Bourne, recently seen as Eulalie Shinn in â€œThe Music Man,â€ plays Winifred Banks, a former actress who doesnâ€™t fit into her husbandâ€™s social circle. The adorably bratty Banks children, Jane and Michael, are played by Kimora Whitacre and Jayse Gillott. An additional 40 performers complete the cast.
In addition to Arrigottiâ€™s role as producer and director, Gina Kaskie Davis is the choreographer and assistant director, while Kevin Murphy conducts the professional orchestra.
Ticket prices are $25 and $28 and are sold online at www.wntmc.com or by calling 866-977-6849.