By Susan Motander
The stage version of the original Mary Poppins starts next Thursday at the Taylor Performing Art Center at Monrovia High School with performances all weekend. This is not a high school production but a professional performance for the community produced by the school district to benefit its arts programs. There are indeed several local youngsters in the cast including Jane and Michael Banks and the “penguins” — remember the movie.
There will be five performances; three of them will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 12. There will also be two afternoon performances with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and a final production at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 14.
Tickets for this professional production are only $25 for general admission, $15 for children and students, and $20 for seniors and group ticket purchases. There are also VIP tickets available for the first rows of the orchestra section for only $35. Tickets can be purchased at the Monrovia Unified School District Headquarters at 325 E. Huntington Drive and at Monrovia Travel, 401 S. Myrtle Ave., both in Monrovia. They can also be purchased on line at brownpapertickets.com for a small fee.
The best news is: Saturday’s matinee is family friendly as it’s only $10 a person for all seats except those in the VIP section. Live theater at an affordable price for a full family! Imagine seeing a child’s eyes as Mary floats down to Cherry Tree Lane. Chim, chim, cher-ee!