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Broadway Broncos take flight with “Mary Poppins”

By Asheera Horton, Reporter

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The Broadway Broncos will present their stage adaptation of the classic 1964 musical film “Mary Poppins” tonight 7:00pm. This musical comedy is about an eccentric English nanny named Mary Poppins with magical powers.

“The hardest part about playing Mary Poppins is that she’s kind but she’s also stern, so I have to find that equal balance in her character,” said junior Paris Dupre.

Playing the character of Mary Poppins presents other challenges too, Dupre said, including adopting an English accent and being hoisted above the stage to “fly” in certain scenes.

“I’m really nervous because I’ve never flown in a flying system before but it’s going to be a really cool part of the show. A really cool element that I don’t think we’ve done at Boyd since we did it in Peter Pan,” Dupre said.

Aside from the long rehearsals typical of any show stage director Ethaniel Tobar has worked on in the past, this production includes a large cast of 55 people and a laundry list of tasks that need to be handled before opening night.

“We’re building something to fly people on, but one of our bands broke. And we need to paint the set, we need lighting cues and we need the focus light still,” Tobar said. “There’s just a lot to be done in a short amount of time.”

“Mary Poppins” flies into the auditorium 7 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12. For more details and ticket information, visit broadwaybroncos.com.

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Broadway Broncos take flight with “Mary Poppins”