October 7, 2015

Weekends, November 6-22

Western Nevada Musical Theatre Presents ‘Mary Poppins'

Are you ready for a magical adventure? WNC’s Let WNC’s outstanding Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company take you on one with its first-time presentation of Broadway blockbuster musical “Mary Poppins.”

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.

“The entire company is bursting with excitement for this production,” said WNMTC Producer and director Stephanie Arrigotti. “Anyone who has seen the stage version of this show will understand their excitement.”

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 college’s theatre company has garnered national notice for its professionalism and broad appeal.

“Believe me, you don't want to miss this show,” 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. “If you've never been to one, you'll want to find out why all those people come to our little Carson City.”

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.

“The stage production brings far more texture and energy than the film,” Arrigotti said. “This is, most definitely, not just a children’s show. When I saw it in New York, I was so blown away I had to fly back to see it again!”

Extolled WNMTC performers will complement rising talent to create this Broadway sensation. Hannah Eckert, who started in WNMTC’s 2014 production of “My Fair Lady,” 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 Mary’s friend, Bert, the friendly chimney sweep. Mark Williams, who starred as the Phantom in WNMTC’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” plays George Banks, Mary’s boss and a father who becomes more involved in his children’s lives. Christina Bourne, recently seen as Eulalie Shinn in “The Music Man,” plays Winifred Banks, a former actress who doesn’t fit into her husband’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 Arrigotti’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.

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