REVIEW: MARY POPPINS at Vintage Theatre
by Jordan Rodriguez
I have a confession: I have never seen Disney’s movie, “Mary Poppins”. So, when I had the opportunity to see the Vintage Theater’s production of this new broadway musical, my inner-child was bursting with giddy excitement. As I settled into my seat I noticed that all ages were in attendance and the one thing we all had in common was the same eager energy to witness the marvels of everyone’s favorite nanny, Mary Poppins.
At the onset of the show we discover that the Banks family has a problem. Well, two problems really. Jane and Michael Banks, the children of this well-to-do English family, are so caught up in pranks and mischief that they run out every Nanny their well-meaning parents find for them. As is her nature, Mary Poppins arrives at the exact moment this family so desperately needs her and with the help of her famous carpet bag, a delightful chimney sweep, and of course her innate magical charms, Mary gives this conflicted family some much needed harmony and positive perspective.
What I loved most about this production was the contrast between theater size and cast talent. For those of you who have not had the pleasure to see a show at the Vintage Theater, it is intimate and cozy which really allows patrons to be immersed in the astounding talent it showcases. Honestly, I wish I could name every single cast member and mention what I loved about their performances, but everyone from ensemble to leads impressed me with their vocal abilities, acting prowess, and hilarious comedic skills. Having lived in Denver for over a decade, I’m pleased to discover that such an exceptional theater is readily available to be enjoyed.
The actors in Clay White’s production of Mary Poppins truly had more than a spoon full of talent! Carolyn Lohr (Mary Poppins), was an obvious star who had a twinkle in her eye as she commanded the stage with the grace and confidence a world-renowned Nanny requires. Her exceptional performance on stage may have eclipsed other young actors, but this was NOT the case for Hazel Kachline and Nathaniel Waite-Lutz who played Jane and Michael Banks. I was extremely impressed with the talent of these two rising stars and during intermission I heard comments from audience members in regards to how much they were enjoying their performance. I do have to give a special shoutout to Kalond Irlanda who played the chimney sweep, Bert. With a cast jam-packed with talent, Kalond did an exceptional job leading the way his performance of this endearing character. Again, I wish I could go through and list everyone, but from the hilarious comedy of Michelle Jeffres/Shannon McCarthy to the foreboding villainess, Lacey Eberl I can not give you enough praise for a job well done. This show was a delight and the Vintage Theater is undoubtedly proud at the caliber of drama they are producing. If you need a post holiday pick me up, this show will surely do the trick. Bravo to all and thank you for bringing Mary’s magic to your stage!
Fall in love with MARY POPPINS all over again, playing now through January 6th at Vintage Theatre. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and Monday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, contact the box office online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830. Vintage Theatre, Vintage Theatre is located at 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.
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