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Mary Poppins NVC

Julianna Romualdi who shares the role of Mary Poppins with Josie Goldfarb, rehearses with the ensemble for the upcoming production. 

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Need we say more?

“Mary Poppins,” takes the stage at the Napa Valley College in the Disney and Cameron Mackintosh musical adaptation P.L. Travers’ stories about the “practically perfect nanny” who conjures up magical adventures for two lonely children in Edwardian England.

The show, a co-production of Napa Valley College Arts and Cafeteria Kids Theater, opens on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Additional shows are on at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11 in the Main Theater of the college’s Performing Arts Center.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces England in 1910 and the too-busy, troubled Banks family. Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins floats in on her umbrella.

Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the family members how to value each other again.

Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect.

Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”

The popular Disney movie introduced songs including “Feed the Birds,” “Chim Chim Cheree,” “A Jolly Holiday,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “I Love to Laugh” and the rollicking tongue-twister, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” It was adapted for stage, running for more than 2,500 performances on Broadway, where it received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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Napa Valley College actors perform alongside students from Cafeteria Kids Theater in a cast that includes Julianna Romualdi and Josie Goldfarb as Mary Poppins, and Jason Celaya, and Francisco Sipiora-Gutierrez as Bert. Erin Smith is Winifred Banks, Berkeley Rousseau is George Banks, Anna Harrington and Olivia Nichols portray Jane Banks), and Noah DuBois and Connor Cleland share the role of Michael Banks.

Also in the cast are Michael Conte, Sophie Heflebower, Lena Randall, Shane McGrath, Tessa Mello, William Stice, Talulah Finkelstein, Stephanie Sabre, Noah Goldman, James Gott , Abigail Langhoff, Ashley Zaragoza, Sophia Morales, Triniti Vizza, Angelito Guevarra, Joey DeNatale, Dayton Ochoa, Sadie Carpenter , Maeve Roberts, Deidre Cruz, Ariana Nijem, and Caden Dunbarr,

Making up the ensemble are Gabe DuBois, Nora Lea Hearn, Sophie Ha, Cat Indelicato, Beth Rowles, Ruby Finkelstein, Lucy Harrington, Cozette Calderon, Ayshalyn Celaya, Gemma Roberts, Caden Dunbarr, Dayton Ochoa, Eliza Wicks, Sean Ryan, Sofia Richardt, Isabella DeNatale, Camden Gilgallon, Shayley Zaccone, Elizabeth Sandoli, Meghan Goleno, Nicki Haubold, Shelby Page, Jude Knight, Ameilia Chun and Mya Oro.

It is directed by Olivia Cowell and Aimée Guillot, with musical direction by Vivian McLaughlin and flight direction by ZFX Flying Effects.

Set design is by Tanya Orellana, lighting design by Theo Bridant, sound design by Matthew Cowell, and costume design by Freya Marcelius and Skipper Skeoch.

Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for military, students and seniors, 60 and older; $10 for NVC students with ID; and $10 for children 12 and younger.

The Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center is at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway. Visit www.napavalleytheater.org or www.cafeteriakidstheater.org for more information.

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