New West performers onstage in Mary Poppins

Two New Westminster actors are taking featured roles in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s holiday musical.

The Arts Club is staging Mary Poppins, running Dec. 3 to Jan. 1 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

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The musical, based on the writings of P.L. Travers, features the familiar songs from the popular Disney film – yes, you can expect to hear A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cher-ee and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, along with some catchy new tunes.

Mary Poppins was a hit at the Stanley in 2013 and 2014, and it’s returning this year with some casting updates – including New Westminster’s own Elizabeth Irving. She plays alongside Glen Gordon as Mary Poppins’ two young charges, Jane and Michael Banks.

It’s casting that makes director Bill Millerd happy.

“We are proud to see two young Arts Club artists grow up through our productions: Glen Gordon was last seen in A Christmas Story: The Musical, and Elizabeth Irving has been an Arts Club musical theatre intensive student. Each has substantial experience in Arts Club productions and training; we can’t wait to see them play Michael and Jane Banks,” he said in a press release.

Also new in her role this year is Kayla James as the title character – she previously played a smaller role and understudied for Mary Poppins in 2014.

Returning to the stage is another New Westminster performer, Katey Wright, who appears as Miss Andrews and Mrs. Corry.

Other leads include Susan Anderson as Mrs. Brill, Caitriona Murphy as Winifred Banks, Milo Shandel as George Banks, and Scott Walters as Bert.

Mary Poppins plays Dec. 3 to Jan. 1, with shows Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Special holiday shows are set for Dec. 22 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 24 and 31 at 1 and 6 p.m.

The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage is at 2750 Granville St., Vancouver.

Tickets start at $29. See or call the box office at 604-687-1644.

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