NSU Arts: “Mary Poppins”

   This month NSU will present a theatrical performance on a scale that has never before been seen at Northern, featuring the beloved story “Mary Poppins”.
   “Mary Poppins” marks the first theater production to be performed on the JFAC main stage since its renovation was completed this past fall.
   This is the most technically difficult production Northern has put on. Technical challenges include Mary Poppins’ bottomless bag, a house that rotates 360 degrees, and — possibly the most challenging — flying.
   Mary, Bert, Jane, and Michael all have to fly at one point or another in the show. Mary comes sailing down from the ceiling in many of her numbers, and Bert tap-dances upside down on the top of the stage after walking up the side of it. NSU’s theatre department has brought in a professional company to fly the principle characters as the process is quite dangerous.
   Four years ago, Northern could not have put on a show of this magnitude. The infrastructure simply did not exist, but now, with the newly renovated Johnson Fine Arts Center, NSU’s Theatre Department is back and stronger than ever.
   Another aspect that has been noticeably lacking from previous NSU shows is dancing. Many of the musicals up until now have not been heavy dancing shows because, previously, NSU did not have dedicated choreographers or the space for large dance numbers. Now, because of the JFAC renovation and students like Baile Albrecht and Annie Woodmansey, the choreographers for “Mary Poppins”, that is all changing with this show.
   Several Northern students  and Theatre Department faculty and staff have worked hard to put this production together.
   Shows take place at 7:30pm Wednesday, April 19 through Saturday, April 22. Additionally, a matinee will be offered on Sunday, April 23 at 2:30pm. Tickets are going fast and can be purchased at the box office or online at: http://www.northern.edu/events/nsu-theater-presents-mary-poppins.
   The box office is located in the entryway of JFAC that faces Jerde and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12pm-4pm.
   Northern students are admitted free with ID.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. NSU faculty/staff may purchase two tickets at half price.

Tyler Lanam

Photo courtesy NSU website.