By Casey N. Wilson/Western Sun staff writer
Who doesn’t remember Mary Poppins? Our favorite nanny who is practically perfect in every way started out on Broadway, made it to the big screen with Julie Andrews and now will be on stage at Golden West College. Directed and choregraphed by Martie Ramm, “Disney’s Mary Poppins” is sure to bring smiles to audience member’s faces. When asked what the audience can expect, Ramm answered “to be thoroughly delighted and surprised. It is not the film on stage but rather a lot from the books and a lot from the film.”
It could be said that Ramm has a long history with the nanny and her giant carpet handbag. At the age of 18, Ramm went to her first professional dance audition and won the part of, you guessed it, Mary Poppins in the Disneyland Christmas parade. This play, originally based on a book by P.L. Travers, holds a special place in her heart.
“I know this character well. Over this past summer, I reread all the books – there are eight books you know. Looking at the original material with even more mature eyes, I saw things in P.L. Travers’ books that I had not seen before.” Ramn admits that she also used a carpet bag as a dance bag and read the book and watched the film many times.
Dayna Sauble and Zach White are Mary Poppins and Bert, respectively. Jay Harbison, Shawna Skipps, Brenda Oen, Gina Treasure, Carrie Theodossin, Caroline Kennedy, Ava Stieler, Gilbert Aguirre and Colin Eaton are all part of this all singing and dancing cast.
“My favorite moment is a small bit of a song that Mary Poppins sings at the end of the show. It is a lovely moment when she is alone on stage and sings of her thoughts regarding the children and how she will be leaving. I think audiences will like many different moments but probably ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,’” Ramm said.
“Mary Poppins” runs from April 29 to May 8. Shows will be April 29 and 30 and then May 5,7 at 7:30 p.m. May 1 and May 8’s shows will start at 2 p.m. All performances will be at Golden West’s Mainstage Theatre.
The price of tickets is $23 for general admission and $21 for students, seniors and children under 12. Tickets are on sale now at gwc.theatre.com or the GWC Box Office at (714) 895-8150.