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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Preview of "Mary Poppins"

   My pal Dave Lavender ran an excellent story in today's Herald-Dispatch previewing the coming summer outdoor theatre production, Mary Poppins (which you can read right here) - here's an excerpt:

   The hills of Ritter Park Amphitheater are again filled with the sound of music as Huntington Area Regional Theatre, or HART in the Park, has moved rehearsals to the hillside amphitheater.
   HART in the Park is prepping for its first musical of the 2015 summer theater season, Mary Poppins, the sweet, musical treat that goes up at 8:30 p.m. June 12-14, June 19-21 and June 26-28 at the park.
   Tickets are $15 general admission, $20 for reserved, $10 for children and group rates are available by calling the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District at 304-696-5954 or by stopping off at the Park District office at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington, or by the Ritter Park Tennis Center.
   Tommy Smirl, who is co-directing Mary Poppins with his wife Mary Smirl, said things are really ramping up at the park as they've got most of the sets built, and the cast is perfecting that string of sing-along-songs including "Spoonful of Sugar" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as well as "Jolly Holiday," "Let's Go Fly A Kite" and more.
   With the musical's start only two weeks away, Smirl said the HART in the Park team has also been in high gear out promoting the musical around the region from yard signs and ads to appearances at area festivals and public events with some of the cast, which is led by Tamara Meadows Hutchinson as Mary Poppins.

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