Director:  Jeff Hinderscheid; Choreography: Celestina Ripley;  Production Manager.: Barbara Pekema; Stage Manager: Janene Norum.  Funded in part by the Arts Council for Monterey County, the Harden Foundation, the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, the Pebble Beach Company Foundation,  and the S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County.

Mary Poppins, Jr. enjoyed a successful run from March 19 through March 25.  The student audiences and community audiences responded with great enthusiasm for all six shows.  We enjoyed many tributes and testimonials complimenting the work of the director, cast, and volunteers.  Below is a recent post on our Calendar:

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The 1934 – 1988 Mary Poppins written by P.L. Travis was well depicted by the Sol Treasure Children Musical Theatre. The Sol Treasure play primarily followed the accuracy of the original play but was able to insert their own style which made their play that much more entertaining and captures the audience’s attention. The play was very easy to track throughout and the transitions were subtle and allowed the play to flow smoothly. Most the sets were well constructed, The bank set seemed somewhat simple in design, color blocking, and aesthetic, nonetheless, the majority of the sets were superb. The era was well set, The actor’s accents and clothing were very indicative of being from England 1910.

The Lead actor (Isabella) who played the Protagonist (“Mary Poppins”) executed the role with excellent grace and dedication. She was well rehearsed and had great tempo and rhythm. The second lead actor (Benjamin) who played the Jack of all trades (Bert) was well cast and was well rehearsed. He was very confident and truly embodied the character and showed that throughout the whole show through his acting.

The Musical acts were perfectly on tempo and were well rehearsed. Although all of the musical acts were outstanding the most prominent act was the “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” song. Not only were the vocals and choreography perfectly in tune with one another the tempo and rhythm were impeccable and seemed to tie it all together down right flawlessly.

In conclusion, this play performed by the Sol Treasure Children Musical Theatre was an excellent representation of what an interpretation of Mary Poppins should resemble. The play came to life with the help of extremely talented young actors who were well directed by an outstanding director who clearly knew what he was doing. “Vouloir, c’est pouvoir” (“To want to is to be able to.”) Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup (“Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.”).

-Leonardo Israel Zepeda