Press Release - ​​​​​Mary Poppins

South Coast Repertory’s  Summer Players present ‘Mary Poppins’ Aug. 8 -9 and 14-16

COSTA MESA, CA. – South Coast Repertory’s Summer Players will present Mary Poppins on the Julianne Argyros Stage August 8-9 and 14-16, directed by Theatre Conservatory Director Hisa Takakuwa, with music direction by Erin McNally.

The stage version of Mary Poppins is based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film about a magical nanny and a carefree chimney sweep, who prove to misbehaving children and their uptight parents that it’s the little things that keep a family together.  The song-filled show features all-time hits like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.

“Mary Poppins is an ideal choice for our Summer Players,” Takakuwa said.  “The show played on Broadway for six years and toured for another six—and I’ve waited all that time for the performing rights to become available!”

That finally happened last fall. “The timing was perfect,” Takakuwa said.  “Mary Poppins is set in Edwardian London, and this year’s ensemble is filled with experienced young actors who have performed in period plays, including 19 who have portrayed children in A Christmas Carol.  And of those, six also appeared recently in our Teen Players production of  David Copperfield.”

The cast is made up of 32 young actors, with two of them alternating as Bert (the chimney sweep).  “When I cast the show, Christopher Huntley and Guy McEleney were wonderful,” Takakuwa said.  “We’ve never double cast a Players show, but I couldn’t imagine not giving them both the opportunity to play that role.”    

The Summer Players ensemble is comprised of students in SCR’s Kids and Teen Acting Program, who are chosen by audition after at least one year in the Theatre Conservatory.  This cast includes many experienced actors (some of them high school students who have been in the program since third grade) as well as a few students who never have performed onstage.  “Our older actors are there for the youngsters, always encouraging them,” Takakuwa said.  “Instilling confidence and self-esteem is what out program for kids is all about.”

A Musical Based on the Stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
directed by Hisa Takakuwa
musical direction by Erin McNally, choreographer Chelsea Baldree
set and costume designer Sara Ryung Clement, lighting designer Karyn D. Lawrence
sound designer Jeff Polunas, stage manager Kathleen Barrett

The mysterious, magical (and practically perfect) Mary Poppins teams up with a carefree chimney sweep and proves to misbehaving children and their uptight parents that anything can happen if you let it.

Dates:  Saturday, August 8 & 15 and Sunday, August 9 & 16 at 1 and 5pm; Friday, August 14 at 7pm
Tickets: $13 (children) and $16 (adults) may be purchased through the SCR Box Office at (714) 708-5555 or online at


Brea - JT Casey (Ensemble)
Costa Mesa​ - Lauren Cocroft (Mary Poppins), Sarah Cocroft (Miss Corry), Gillian Gonzales (Queen Victoria), Zoe Hebbard (Ensemble), Grace Tomblin-Marca (Teddy Bear)                         
Fountain Valley​ - Marley Green (Fannie Corry)
Huntington Beach​ - Kelsey Kato (Mr. George Banks), Sean Kato (Mr. Punch), Kat Lewis (Katie Nanna/Miss Smythe)
Irvine  - Lauren Dong (Doll), Shane Iverson (Miss Andrew), Nick Kessler (Park Keeper), Emme O’Toole (Ensemble), Ben Susskind (Neleus), Kira Wendland (Bird Woman/1st Sweep)
Laguna Beach - Emily Baker (Ensemble), Olivia Drury (Ensemble)
Lake Forest​ -  Nick Trafton (Michael Banks)
Los Flores - Katherine Parrish (Mrs. Winifred Banks)
Long Beach - Guy McEleney (Bert/Bank Chairman)
Newport Beach - Jaden Fogel (Von Hussler/Valentine), Christopher Huntley (Bert/Bank Chairman), Mitchell Huntley (John Northbrook), Aoife McEvoy (Ensemble), Tessa Taylor (Miss Lark)
Riverside - Saul Richardson (Admiral Bloom)
San Clemente - Ella Webb (Jane Banks)
Santa Ana - Liam McHugh (Policeman)
Trabuco Canyon - Kelsey Bray (Miss Brill), Joshua Myran (Robertson Ay)
Yorba Linda - Kasey Jacques (Annie Corry) 

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.