Poppins preview at Wesley

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TOMORROW’S “Wednesday Lunchtime Live” concert at Wesley Music Centre continues a local tradition as with performers from the Free-Rain “ Mary Poppins” cast preview the hits from the musical ahead of the show at the Canberra Theatre running from March 12-29.


But be there early – these lunchtime concerts often pack out.

Musical director (and ‘CityNews’ music writer) Ian McLean will be joined by assistant musical director Nicholas Griffin at the piano, and cast members Lainie Hart and Fraser Findlay Erikson.

The production is being directed by Stephen Colyer, and Jacqui Richards is the choreographer.

Wesley reminds us of the story, based on the stories by Australian-born author PL Travers.

Briefly, London banker Mr Banks advertises in The Times for a nanny to handle their troublesome children, Jane and Michael.

Mary Poppins glides down from the sky on her umbrella and is interviewed by (or rather interviews) Mr Banks, and decides to give the family a trial period. That’s when the adventures begin and the dysfunctional family discover what is really important in life and how to have fun.

‘Mary Poppins’ preview concert, at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, Wednesday, March 4, 12. 40pm to 1.20pm. Entry $5 minimum, concession $2 – pensioner, full – time student, children under 12. No bookings required. Tickets at the door.

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