Starting tonight, Athens Community Theatre will present a children’s theatre production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film.

Showtimes are Sept. 21, 22, 28, and 29, at 7 p.m. each night, and Sept. 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. each day, at The Arts Center of Athens.

ACT’s production of “Mary Poppins” is directed by ACT veteran, Tyler Peaden, who last directed ACT’s 2017 fall musical production of “Shrek, The Musical, Jr.” He is joined by ACT veteran, Jennifer Nunley as music director.

The cast stars Emma Brannen in the title role and Baruch Gabel as Bert with Lauren Luallen as Jane, Walker Combs as Michael, Judah Renshaw as George, and Emerson McKenzie as Winifred.

The cast also includes returning ACT actors Landrie Beach, Sophie Carroll, John Gabel, Nicodemus Gabel, Nikita Gabel, Wesley Graybeal, Emma Hester, Caroline Ingram, Natalie Leonesio, Ella Locke, Hannah McCall, Ruby Morgan, Emily Offutt, Ashleigh Turner, Loren Whidby, and Maddie Yates, as well as newcomers Titus Blake, Tallulah Borwick, Lucy Coe, Lauren Duggan, Macy Knox, Sophia Lauterbach, Alec Morrison, Maggie Peterson, and Danika Woods.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the family to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on magical and memorable adventures, but even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that: “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

The Arts Center is located at 320 North White St. in Downtown Athens. For more information, call The Arts Center at 423-745-8781 or visit

The show sponsor for “Mary Poppins” is Covenant Pediatrics.

All productions of Athens Community Theatre are sponsored by Dogwood Dental Care, Grover Thurman CPA, Muddy Waters Wine & Spirits, and Starr Regional Medical Center. All performances are sponsored by Edward Jones of Athens.

All AACA programs are supported by Financial Guidance Partners, Willsonthropic, Inc.-Mintie C. Willson-Willson Family Fund, Wolfenden Family Pharmacies, and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.