Way back in 1964 my mom and dad took me to a movie called Mary Poppins. I had heard about it but trying to get to Quincy on two lane roads back then was somewhat of a challenge. No four lane highways, just two lanes going into Quincy from Pittsfield, where I am from. My friends told me about Mary Poppins. We just had to go to see it.

So my mom and dad took myself and my friend Mike Nevius to see it. I had never seen anything like that before. The theater was huge to me. Not like littel old Zoe Theater in Pittsfield. So all these years have come to right now. Mary Poppins is here in Quincy for a great run at Quincy Community Theatre. This will be one thing you will need to see. It will be amazing.

Quincy Community Theatre has also announced that in addition to their regular performances of Mary Poppins, a special presentation for the deaf and hard of hearing will be held during the July 26 matinee at 2 p.m.

Quincy Community Theatre
Quincy Community Theatre

Local ASL interpreter Jane Meirose will be joined by students of Quincy University’s American Sign Language Interpreting degree program Johannes Holdiman and Jessica Lewis to sign this family favorite from the front left of house. The QCT Box Office is holding a limited number of seats for this ASL performance, available in person or by making a phone reservation. As always, assisted listening devices will also be available during all performances for $1.

Mary Poppins features a cast of 40 local actors and 11 musicians. The show is directed by Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen, with vocal direction by Elizabeth Mannhardt, music direction by Gayle Tenhouse, choreography by Cheryl Kaiser, scenic/lighting design by Technical Director Paul Denckla, sound design by Nathan Holthaus, costume coordination by Connie Phillips, and properties by Donna Rupert. Donna Haire serves as the stage manager, Shelby Rees as the assistant stage manager, and Jason Keller as the backstage manager.

Tickets are $22. They are on sale now. For tickets, to volunteer backstage, or to serve as an usher, visit 1qct.org or call the QCT Box Office, located in the Oakley-Lindsay Center, at (217) 222-3209.

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