There are laughter, great singing, delightful dancing, fabulous costumes—all bundled into “Mary Poppins” at the Okoboji Summer Theatre this week.
Congratulations go out to director/choreographer Stephen Brotebeck. He took a huge cast (25 people), taught them some unique dance routines, facial and body language to go along with their magnificent voices to bring to us a story about believing in yourself and loving your neighbor.
Stephens College student Fiona Bleu portrayed Mary Poppins. She sings beautifully and portrays Mary with a charm that is perfect for that role. Bravo to Bleu!
Professional actor Courtney Crouse came back this summer to play Bert. His voice is so wonderful to listen to and his acting ability is top rate. Welcome back Courtney.
Another pro from New York City returned for his annual gig at OST. Kyle Groff played the father, George Banks. He used the right amount of stuffy pompousness to make George a very believable guy that we all eventually wanted to see succeed.
Student Natalie Irlmeier portrayed his wife Winifred. She was very good.
Local youngsters Abby Schmidt and Sean Nelsen was absolutely wonderful as the Banks children. They both sang and danced as well as acted and they did it at a professional level. They deserved the standing ovation with cheers they received.
I loved Shawnee Fierros Casas Richberger as Mrs. Corry. She was totally hilarious!
The entire cast was very, very good. The butler and maid in the Banks household were so much fun to watch.
A huge double bravo to Ashley Harrison for the fabulous costumes! She had more than 100 pieces of apparel to design and create for this show. They were colorful and so right for the story.
Tom Andes and his troupe of musicians are to be commended for keeping that fast-paced comedy moving right along.The band included: Greg and Julie Forney, Rod Shedenhelm, Ryan Middleton and Dalton Peterson.
The set was cleverly designed by Ken George. The backdrop changes along with the moving of scenes across the stage went so smoothly that it was fun for us in the audience to watch.
“Mary Poppins” is a musical for all ages to enjoy. OST has put together a top-rate production of this classic story. I am sure even Julie Andrews would have cheered loudly at the curtain call.
The musical will be presented through Sunday night with an added performance Friday afternoon at 4:30. Opening night was sold out and most of the other shows will be too.
This is one show you really shouldn’t miss!