Meet the Mary Poppins Cast and Crew!
Tickets can be purchased here.
Rehearsals are already underway for our 2017 production of Mary Poppins. Each week, we will be introducing members of the cast and crew to our school community so that everyone can join in the excitement.
Our production of Mary Poppins will include six performances from the 25th of August until the 2nd of September. Tickets go on sale Thursday, 1st of June.
To find out more about musicals at WCCS, visit our Musicals page.
Ryan Revere – Bert
The character of Bert is as well-known and well-loved as Mary Poppins herself. In our production, Bert will be played by Ryan Revere.
Ryan is grateful for the opportunity to fully embrace the performing arts through musicals at Carey and to have a place where he can do something that he loves. Having played Horton the Elephant in our 2015 production of Seussical, Ryan is thrilled to be taking to our stage again to portray a character that is so different to his previous role. Ryan describes Bert as, “A man who seems like a bit of a nobody, yet is liked by almost everybody. He is compassionate, engaging, full of life and always ready for an adventure.”
Ryan has enjoyed being able to interpret his character and then bring him to life onstage with the rest of the cast and their own interpretations. For Ryan, this production has been even better than he expected, and he has found that he can do things he never thought he could. Seeing all aspects of the show come together and developing the friendships that make up the “WCCS musical family” are two of the things that Ryan has loved most.
Although Ryan was already a skilled actor and singer, Mary Poppins has introduced him to a whole new world of dancing. Having never danced before, Ryan has worked extremely hard to learn this new skill and loves the challenge of keeping up with the fast-paced choreography. He is particularly enjoying his new-found ability to tap dance!
Ryan’s brilliant portrayal of Bert as endlessly energetic, yet consistently kind is one you won’t want to miss.
Tehya Lord and Stephanie Ross – Jane Banks
Jane Banks, the eldest of the Banks children, is known for her stubborn nature and bad temper. Throughout the musical, Mary Poppins helps Jane to see life, other people and herself in a new light. The role of Jane Banks will be played by Tehya Lord (left) and Stephanie Ross (right).
Tehya thinks that it is fascinating to see behind the scenes of a production and to be part of helping everything come together. She loves the role of Jane because she is sassy and determined. Tehya has been dancing for many years but is very excited to have the opportunity to sing and act on stage as well.
Stephanie has embraced the opportunity to learn new skills through her involvement in the musical and has enjoyed playing Jane because of the way the character develops during the show. Stephanie has particularly liked being able to rehearse at home with her sister, Lauren, who plays Winifred Banks.
Both Tehya and Stephanie would like to encourage all WCCS students to participate in future musicals so that they don’t miss out on being part of such a wonderful community of people.
Lauren Mushahwar – Miss Lark and Miss Andrew
Lauren is excited to be portraying both Miss Lark and Miss Andrew in our musical production. Miss Lark is the Banks family’s fussy and quirky next door neighbour, and Miss Andrew is the nasty nanny who raised George Banks – she is mean towards children and is, in every way, the opposite of Mary Poppins.
Lauren has loved spending Wednesday afternoons with the rest of the cast and enjoys the sense of unity that comes from working on such a large project with so many people. Although Lauren is a seasoned and confident singer, she has taken to the challenge of acting in two vastly different roles and is happy to be learning new skills. If she could say one thing to you about the musical it would be, “If you don’t come along to this amazing show, you will definitely be missing out!” Clearly, Lauren is looking forward to seeing you there!
Isabella Tamburri – Bird Woman and Lead Dancer
The Bird Woman is a well-loved character who sings the iconic song, Feed the Birds, as a duet with Mary Poppins. The Bird Woman plays a crucial role in teaching the Banks children about compassion and that looks can be deceiving. In our production, the role of the Bird Woman will be played by Isabella Tamburri, who is also one of the lead dancers in the show’s chorus numbers.
Although this is her first Carey musical, Bella is a seasoned and talented performer who feels most at home in dancing roles, so she is keen to face the challenge of acting in her role as the Bird Woman. So far, Bella has loved getting to know all the people who are involved in the production and, particularly, working closely with the rest of the dance group. She is excited to be part of a team of hardworking people who enjoy tackling challenging choreography together.
Crystal Parker – Mrs Corry
In the stage production of Mary Poppins, Mrs Corry is an exuberant and mysterious lady who runs a magical lolly shop in the park. Mrs Corry’s colourful shop is the setting for the much-loved song Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, which she sings with Mary and Bert.
The part of Mrs Corry will be played by Crystal Parker, Year 11. Crystal is a seasoned performer and is thrilled to be taking part in this production. As this will be her last Carey musical, Crystal is happy to be playing a character that requires her to step out of her comfort zone and do something a bit different. Our entire cast has spent several weeks rehearsing the challenging choreography for Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – you won’t want to miss seeing Crystal and the rest of the cast in this spectacular musical number!
Flynn Harris and Abhishek Ram – Michael Banks
Michael Banks is the younger of the two Banks children and, like his sister Jane, he has a lot to learn about the world and his place in it. Throughout the show, and as the result of Mary Poppins’ guidance, Michel grows into a fine young man and has several adventures and lessons along the way.
Michael will be played by Flynn (left) and Abhishek (right) who are both extremely excited about being involved in this production. Both boys have been involved in all the Carey musicals in which they were eligible to participate. Whilst Abhishek is most looking forward to having a good time and making new friends, Flynn can’t choose a favourite part of being involved in a musical and is simply excited about “everything”! We’re already looking forward to seeing these two enthusiastic and talented students bring Michael Banks to life in Term 3.