By Sarrah Peters
CharACTers Entertainment opening its new season with a Chim Chim Cher-ee. CharACTers opened its first show of the year, “Mary Poppins,” on March 4. The show will be performed on March 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and March 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. in Wallace Hall of Gadsden State Community College.
Based on the books of P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, “Mary Poppins” as a musical is sure to please.
The story follows the Banks family, who is having the most difficult time keeping a nanny for their kids. Unexpectedly, Mary Poppins, played by Jenni Townley Hodges, shows up to care for the children.
The musical features all the favorite songs from the film including “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and more.
Tickets to the show are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for adults.
Tickets to Mary Poppins are now available for reservation online at www.wallacehall.org/rodgers-and-hammersteins-cinderella.html. Although tickets may be reserved online, they cannot be bought online. To complete online reservation orders, a representative will call. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 256-543-ARTS, at The Hardin Center for Cultural Arts or at the Wallace Hall box office the week of the show from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets will also be available on show days one hour before the performance starts.
CharACTers highly recommends purchasing advance tickets, as seating is limited.
CharACTers was founded by Cody Carlton when he was only 16. CharACTers now produces plays and offers classes in the arts. The organization operates mostly through ticket sales, although community support has helped the program flourish. The cast and stage crew is comprised of volunteers.
The organization has about 500 volunteers a year. Carlton’s talent in directing has attracted talent from local actors and places as far as Birmingham.
For more information about “Mary Poppins” or CharACTers, visit www.charactersentertainment.com or visit the CharACTers Entertainment Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CharACTersInc.