|"It's a Jolly Holiday with Mary" (photo by Devon Cox)|
|the clapping, slapping, tapping extravaganza|
"Step in Time" (photo by Devon Cox)
|Becca Hart is "Practically Perfect" as Mary Poppins|
(photo by Devon Cox)
I can't end an Artistry post without mentioning resident Music Director Anita Ruth and her 13-piece pit orchestra. It's rare to see a full pit orchestra for a local production of a musical, and as a proud former band geek it's always a thrill. Most of your favorite songs from the movie are in the stage show, including "Jolly Holiday," "A Spoonful of Sugar," and the lovely and plaintive "Feed the Birds." And some of the new songs, notably "Practically Perfect" and "Anything Can Happen," might become your new favorites (although in addition to the positive message, the latter also makes me think - anything did happen, and we let it).
But enough of that. Artistry's Mary Poppins is a delightful feel-good musical that will bring back nostalgic feelings about the movie, and warm your heart with its message of family, community, and play. The show continues through November 4 but Artistry's big classic musicals tend to sell very well, so make your plans now if you'd like to experience the magic (click here for info and tickets).