July 8, 2014

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact:        Matt Hessburg
                        (916) 446-5880, Ext. 124
                        mhessburg@calmt.com
 
MUSIC CIRCUS PREMIERE OF CLASSIC DISNEY MUSICAL 
MARY POPPINS NEXT SHOW IN 2014 MUSIC CIRCUS SEASON
 

 In its Music Circus premiere, the Disney classic musical Mary Poppins, based on the books by P. L. Travers and the beloved 1964 Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, is the second show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution.  Performances are July 8 – 13.

Using a little bit of discipline, a spoonful of sugar and a whole lot of magic, the quintessential nanny reacquaints the Banks family with the things that really matter in life.  Like The Little Mermaid in 2012, the Music Circus production of this beloved show is certain to captivate patrons of all ages.  It features favorite songs from the movie, including “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Step in Time,” “Feed the Birds,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” as well as additional music composed for the musical.

 Tickets for Mary Poppins range from $35 to $80, and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at www.Tickets.com, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street in Sacramento.  Ticket availability is extremely limited.  Evening performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m.  Matinee performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  For more information visit www.SacramentoMusicCircus.com.

Mary Poppins will be played by Kelly McCormick, who has extensive regional theatre experience and appeared in the national touring productions of Les Misérables and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Playing Bert will be Broadway veteran Robert Creighton, who has appeared on Broadway in The Lion King, Chicago, The Little Mermaid, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Playing Miss Andrew/Queen Victoria/Miss Smythe will be Broadway veteran Ruth Gottschall, who has appeared on Broadway in Mary Poppins (in this role), The Music Man, Cabaret, The Goodbye Girl and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  George Banks will be played by David Engel, whose Broadway credits include Seussical, Putting It Together, and the original production of La Cage aux Folles.  Winifred Banks will be played by Shannon Warne, an award-winning actor with extensive regional theatre experience, who appeared in a national tour of Camelot.  The Banks children will be played by two Sacramento actors returning for the third Music Circus season:  Noa Solorio, who has appeared in the Music Circus productions of Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Show Boat and The Wizard of Oz, will play Jane; Ben Ainley-Zoll, who appeared in the Music Circus productions of The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof and The Music Man, will play Michael.

Playing Mrs. Brill will be Mary Jo Mecca, who has performed in a number of regional theatre productions across the country, in addition to film and television roles.  Robertson Ay will be played by Jordan Grubb, who performed in the national tour of Mary Poppins and has extensive regional theatre experience.  Playing Bird Woman will be Music Circus veteran Helen Geller, who first performed at Music Circus in 1982, appearing in Meet Me in St. Louis, The Pajama Game and Guys and Dolls, and more recently in the 2012 production of Fiddler on the RoofRon Wisniski, who has appeared in a number of Music Circus productions, including Les Misérables, Annie Get Your Gun and Spamalot, as well as in dozens of touring Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theatre productions, will play Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman.

Directing Mary Poppins is Glenn Casale, who has been Artistic Director for California Musical Theatre since 2008 and has directed more than 50 productions for Music Circus and Broadway Sacramento over the past 20 years.  Choreographer is Dan Mojica, who has directed and/or choreographed 22 productions at Music Circus over the last two decades, most recently the 2013 production of Show Boat.  Musical Director is Dennis Castellano, who has been working on Music Circus shows since 1981, including Show Boat, The Producers, Spamalot, Funny Girl, Ragtime, Evita and Sweeny Todd.

Music Circus is produced under the leadership of Artistic Director Glenn Casale and Executive Producer Scott Klier.  California Musical Theatre President and CEO is Richard Lewis.