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Photo by Brad Cansler / Joanna Lewis is cast in the title role of Chattanooga Theatre Centre's production of "Mary Poppins."

Everyone's favorite nanny drops in for a holiday visit when "Mary Poppins," a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure, opens Friday, Nov. 22, at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time, "Mary Poppins" captured hearts as a seven-time Tony Award-nominated musical for the stage. Based on children's books by P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film of 1964, Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's "Mary Poppins" delighted audiences on Broadway for more than 2,500 performances.

The stage show features many of the original songs made famous by the Oscar-winning duo of Richard and Robert Sherman, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "A Spoonful of Sugar" among them. It also includes additional music and lyrics from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe and a book by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes.

If you go

* What: “Mary Poppins”

* Where: Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St.

* When: 8 p.m. Nov. 22-23, Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21; 7 p.m., Dec. 5, 12, 19; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23-24, Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22

* Admission: $11-$30

* For more information: http://theatrecentre.com/

Under the direction of Scott Dunlap, "Mary Poppins" is an enchanting mixture of an irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. And yes — Mary Poppins is going to fly!

As the story opens, Bert, a jack-of-all trades, 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. With patience, kindness, and a little bit of magic, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many memorable adventures and teaches them—and the grown-ups in their lives—that "anything can happen if you let it."

CTC veteran Joanna Lewis, seen most recently in "Avenue Q," is cast in the title role. Alex Lloyd and Christiana Russell share the role of young Jane Banks; Charlie Clevenger and Layton Williams will appear in alternating performances as her brother, Michael.

some text Photo by Julie Van Valkenburg / Taylor Williams plays the affable Bert in "Mary Poppins." His son, Layton, will play young Michael Banks.
 

Taylor Williams is cast as the good-natured Bert, the role made famous by Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 movie. James Gienapp and Greer Caldwell appear as the upper-crust George and Winifred Banks.

Featured in adult roles are Anne Barbieri, Landon Carpenter, John Echols, Brendon Ferguson, Morgan Giannotti, Dawn Hendrix, Rebecca Henson, Vivian Long, Jennifer Major, Austin Massey, Beth McClary-Wolford, Keenan Pasqua, Lauren Rayhab, Jason Russell, Joshua Shoop, Donel Solomon, Ian Taylor, Sierra Ventura and Jennifer Arbogast Wilson.

The youth ensemble includes Bree Brantley, Alex Champion, James Derrick, Kiera Geren, Landon Greene, William Hall, Cole Hayes, Tytus Hayes, Lauren Hays, Claire James, Emily James, Ephraim James, Will James, Wyatt Jones, Olivia Kelly, Tessa Kelly, Paul Knotts, Hayley Lewis, Annabelle Major, Carter McKissick, Brenden Mullins, Acadia Phillips, Lennon Shuff, Cora Grace Williams, Addison Young, and Kaitlyn Young.

Musical direction is by Michael Huseman, with choreography by Lindsay Fussell.

Performances will continue through Dec. 22. Live captioning for patrons with hearing loss will be featured in the Dec. 5 performance at 7 p.m.

For tickets: 423-267-8534.

some text Julie Van Valkenburg Photo / The Chattanooga Theatre Centre production of "Mary Poppins" is a family affair for many cast members. Jennifer Major, left, and her daughter, Annabelle, are appearing in their third play together.
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