CAPTIVATING: Ballarat Light Opera Company’s production of Mary Poppins is outstanding and a must-see for theatre-lovers of all ages.BLOC’s production of Mary Poppinsis outstanding in every department and a must-see for all ages.
You will captivated by the magic of this exceptional production and extremelyproud of the dedication, skill and talent of all.
Director Debbie Fraser brilliantly brought to life this much-loved musical.
The 14-strong production team hasachieved a masterpiece of wonderful entertainment. Awell prepared orchestra under thebaton of Mark Witham, beautifully designed costumes by Melanie Buckingham, NathanWeyer‘s amazing sets, detailed props and fantastic lighting and sound fromMystic Entertainments combine to form an exciting framework for Gareth Grainger’s choral direction and Kat Armati’sbreathtaking choreography.
Every character is wonderfully realised and the smaller cameo roles played by Jodi Toering, Jane Gaylor,JeanDanielle Evans and Tim Gay are so believable, well defined and fun. Of the 14 children who alternate eachperformance, four share the roles of Jane and Michael Banks,Isolde Kieni-Judd and Alex Mulcahy, Joe Appleton and ZenayeMcKee.
Simone Warnock, as MrsBanks fitted the role beautifullyand was a genuine foil for her inflexible husband, stronglyportrayed by Gareth Grainger.
As Bert the chimney sweep, Laurence Heenan encompassed his character with energy, splendid singingand movement.Emily Jacker was the perfect Mary Poppins. She had a strong stage presence, brought great warmth to her characterand her exceptional singing and movement were a delight.
– Barb Dunlop
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