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PRACTICALLY perfect in every way
sums up Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s stun-
ning Mary Poppins musical that opened
to a packed house at Leongatha’s Mes-
ley Hall on Friday night.
Highpoints there were many including the amaz-
ingly talented cast, beautiful orchestration, delight-
ful costumes, creative sets and lighting all resulted
in a highly entertaining and outstanding production.
In the words of Lyric stalwart Don McIntyre,
“It’s the most exciting show Lyric has put on.”
And the secret is out, Mary Poppins (Kerryn
Lockhart) does fly and delighted opening nighters
with her dazzling performance, along with the
awesome magical effects that culminated in
many “oohs” and “ahhs” when Poppins soared
through the air with her iconic parrot umbrella
held aloft several times throughout the show,
proving “anything can happen if you let it”.
Standouts were definitely leading lady
Kerryn Lockhart of Inverloch in the title role Mary
Poppins and chimney sweep Bert played to a tee by
Kerryn conveyed the tough love of the original
Disney nanny and gave a very strong performance.
Her superb vocals wowed the appreciative audience.
She brings magic and meaning to the lives of the two
gorgeous Banks children Jane and Michael, played
beautifully by Jessica Geyer, Wonthaggi and Korum-
burra’s Coby Fowles.
Impeccably dressed and poised, Kerryn’s perfor-
mance wouldn’t be out of place on any Melbourne
stage were she to just click her fingers.
Her knockabout, cheeky cockney offsider, the
loveable Bert was fantastic, his easy style mixed
with a quiet confidence, evident in the ever popular
song, Chim Chim Cher-ee.
Making his Lyric debut, Steve Howe as parent
George Banks put in a great performance with his
strong voice, diction and stage presence admirably
suited this role, his grumpy, impatient personality soft-
ening as he comes under Mary Poppins’ magic spell.
Mother Mrs Winifred Banks (Leanne Horn) skil-
fully portrayed the downtrodden wife of Mr Banks
and reinvented herself as a confident, sharp equal,
her clear singing on show in A Spoonful of Sugar
and Let’s Hope She Will Stay.
The magical aura of the uplifting Mary Pop-
pins fantasy spread through audience with joy and
happiness, evident in the blockbluster Supercalifra-
gilisticexpialidocious number when the appreciative
opening nighters were swept up in the vitality of
the song, applauding in time to the music, song and
dance led by Mary, Bert, Jane and Michael and the
rest of the amazing cast.
Other show stoppers included the energetic Step
in Time by the all singing, all dancing chimney
sweeps, Let’s Go Fly A Kite, Playing the Game when
the toys come to life and the moving Feed the Birds
by Birdwoman, expertly played by Judy Barnard,
joined by Mary Poppins in this soulful harmony and
backed by the talented ensemble.
The music is a highlight and the orchestra was
flawless in reproducing the much loved songs.
High praise indeed goes to the co-directors Ker-
rie Giles and Peter McAlpine, who teamed perfectly
along with choreographer Lisa Pellin, musical direc-
tor Elaine Epifano, set designer Colin Mitchell and
the amazing production team to create a magical
show and gave the audience a night to remember and
a musical you won’t want to miss.
And oh, what wondrous things are in store for
anyone who is able to snap up a ticket before that
title character and all her magic fly off in just two
This is a delightful production and provides a
fabulous opportunity to give young people and the
young at heart an experience of live theatre that will
leave them humming the tunes for days.
PRACTICALLY f i
Flying start for Poppins
Flying start for Poppins
Magical: Kerryn Lockhart as Mary Poppins
and young Jessica Geyer drew huge applause
on opening night last Friday.
All smiles: proud parents Mick and Kate Ad-
kins congratulate their daughter Chloe on her
fabulous performance in Mary Poppins.
Bar boys: from left, Lyric Theatre bar men Don Perrett, Bruce Grainger and Barry Pa-
terson manned the bar on Friday night, for the opening of Lyric Theatre’s production of
Jolly holiday: from left, Lynda Bassett from
Glen Alvie and her granddaughter Lilly Beth
Hockett from Frankston and Karen Murchie
from Inverloch were excited to see the first
show of Mary Poppins on Friday night.
Young stars: from left, Jessica Geyer (Jane)
and Coby Fowles (Michael) right, shone in
their roles on opening night.
Stunning: from left, leading man Bert (Adrian Darakai), Michael (Coby Fowles), Jane (Jes-
sica Geyer) and Mary Poppins (Kerryn Lockhart) all gave star performances.
Sweet sucess: leading lady Mary Poppins, played beautifully by Kerryn Lockhart (centre), and the fabulous cast of Leon-
gatha Lyric Theatre’s Mary Poppins gave the opening night audience a brilliant show on Friday.
Photo by Michael Mason
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