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Mary Poppins

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Chip Joyce joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about the "practically perfect" musical “Mary Poppins.” Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s production delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The jack-of-all trades Bert introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again.

Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”

The 7:30 p.m. show opens at the big tent in upper Bradley Park on Aug. 26 and continues with performances through Sept. 3. For tickets and other information visit Corn Stock Theatre's website.

Jenn Gordon is executive director of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois. She hosts Out & About every week on WCBU.
Jody Holtz is the host of WCBU's newsmagazine All Things Peoria and WCBU's morning news podcast On Deck.