Paper Mill Playhouse will host an autism-friendly performance of Mary Poppins on Friday, June 23, at 1:30pm. This performance is designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, and is planned in cooperation with Paper Mill Playhouse's Autism Advisory Team. The theater environment will be altered for this performance, providing a sensory-friendly, comfortable, and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all.
The production stars Elena Shaddow as Mary Poppins and Mark Evans as Bert, alonsgide Dierdre Friel as Mrs. Brill, Liz McCartney as Bird Woman and Miss Andrew, Adam Monley as George Banks, Bill Nolte as Admiral Boom and Bank Chairman, Jill Paice as Winifred Banks, Blakely Slaybaugh as Robertson Ay, and Danielle K. Thomas as Mrs. Corry. Alternating as the mischievous Banks children are Abbie Grace Levi and Madi Shaer as Jane and Maddox Padgett and John Michael Pitera as Michael. Mark S. Hoebee directs the production featuring choreography by Denis Jones and music direction by Meg Zervoulis.
The Mary Poppins ensemble includes Tim Capodice, Peyton Crim, Mary Beth Donahoe, Adena Ershow, Will Geoghegan, Curtis Holland, Joshua Israel, Madison Johnson, Hannah Jewel Kohn, Robin Lounsbury, Brian Thomas Martin, Andrew Metzgar, Corinne Munsch, Natasha Natraj, Caylie Rose Newcom, Sean Quinn, Drew Redington, Jack Sippel, Bronwyn Tarboton, Clay Thomson, and John T. Wolfe.
The Broadway musical version of Mary Poppins is based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. The show has original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, a book by Julian Fellowes, and new songs with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
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