The Franklin Performing Arts Company will present Disney & Cameron Mackintoshby Mary Poppins. The production, choreographed by and starring Broadway’s Clay Rice-Thomson, will run October 15-17 and 22-24 at THE BLACK BOX. Everyone’s favorite almost perfect nanny takes flight in THE BLACK BOX for this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure.
The production stars Kaley Were of New York as the main character. Were has performed in the region and across America with The Wizard of Oz National as well as at the Lyric Theater of Oklahoma (Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Mary Poppins, Oklahoma !, Big Fish) and Disney Cruise Line (Disney Magic, Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream). She recently sailed the Seven Seas with Disney Cruise Line, performing on the Disney Dream in IAAPA’s award-winning production of Beauty and the Beast. Graduated from Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theater. This will be his first production with the APFC.
The production’s choreography, and starring adorable Chimney Sweeper Bert, is Broadway’s Clay Rice-Thomson. Rice-Thomson has performed on Broadway in KING KONG (King’s Company), Newsies (Spot Colon), Matilda (Michael Wormwood) and the Broadway National Tours of WICKED (Chistery), Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story (A-rab), and Oliver from Cameron Macintosh. Her TV credits include Saturday Night Live, The TONY Awards, MACYS Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Tonight Show, GMA, The Late Show, The View, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and more. With the APFC, Rice-Thomson choreographed Matilda, who starred in Christophe Rice‘s The Tappy Christmas Special: LIVE !, and most recently played Aaron Schultz in Legally Blonde from summer 2021.
The production of the APFC, led by Raye lynn mercer, is presented with a professional live orchestra and the spectacular aerial effects of Fly by Foy. From the books of PL Travers and the classic Walt disney cinema, disney and Cameron MackintoshMary Poppins wowed Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mix of compelling stories, unforgettable songs, mind-blowing dance numbers, and stunning staging.
Mary Poppins will take place October 15-17 and 22-24 at THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin. Tickets are on sale now on www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or by calling the box office at 508-528-3370. Customers are invited to follow the Franklin Performing Arts Company on Facebook and Instagram (@ franklin.performing.arts.co) for season updates, behind the scenes of their productions, and more.