Mary Poppins musical will impress Rockhampton audience
SHE'S a household name with a reputation for being practically perfect.
It may not be Cherry Tree Lane, but Pilbeam Theatre will welcome Mary Poppins next march when the hit Broadway musical takes to the stage.
The iconic nanny has captured Rockhampton's attention already, with more than 140 people signing up to audition this week.
Director Wayne Scott Kermond and choreographer Katie Kermond have returned to Rockhampton for the production, after the success of Evita early this year.
Mr Kermond said it was good to return and work with the friends made during Evita.
"I think in a wonderful community like this, you all become very close because we're all trying to achieve the same goal," he said.
Mr Kermond last week finished performing as Moonface Martin in the national tour of Anything Goes.
He said working in Rockhampton again was a "lovely opportunity" to teach and learn from locals.
Auditions started yesterday and he said he was impressed by the talent of children trying for a role.
"The lovely thing auditioning kids is that they're so honest," he said.
"You never quite know what they're going to say, what they're going to do and it's a joy.
"All of us on the panel have a smile from ear to ear and it's a privilege to see them come in because some of them are quite shy, but within five or ten minutes of them being involved … that's when their personalities come to life.
"Then you get some that come in and are completely open to it and just love it and their imagination is running wild."
Mr Kermond said the number of people auditioning was not surprising given the popularity of Mary Poppins.
"The response has been overwhelming," he said.
"It's been terrific. I think everybody's so familiar with the piece and it's such a wonderful family show that we've got a lot interested people that want to be a part of it.
"There's some great roles, it's a beautiful story, it has great choreography, fantastic songs and the story of a family basically coming back together again.
"There's fantastic talent in this part of the world and that's the reason Katie and I have come back, to be part of it."