Summer Stage at BHSU to present Mary Poppins musical

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Categories: 2015

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           Kassandra Blue, speech communications and English major from Rapid City, portrays the lead role in Mary Poppins, the classic musical premiering June 18 at BHSU. Tickets are on sale now at






           Local children perform in last year&rsquos Oliver! musical as part of Summer Stage at BHSU. This year&rsquos musical, Mary Poppins, runs for two weeks beginning June 18 and includes over 20 children from the community. Tickets are on sale now at



More than 20 local children will act alongside Black Hills State University students in the classic musical Mary Poppins during the ninth season of Summer Stage at BHSU. Tickets are on sale now.

Mary Poppins flies onto the Pangburn Stage running two extended weekends June 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and June 21 and 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Based on the series of children&rsquos books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, audience members will follow the heartwarming story of Jane and Michael Banks&rsquo search for a "practically perfect" nanny. Mary Poppins arrives at the ready taking the children on many memorable adventures. With the help of chimney-sweep Bert, and a bit of magic and kindness, Mary Poppins helps the Banks family to value each other again.

The show features impressive song and dance numbers including "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Step in Time," and "Let&rsquos Go Fly a Kite."

The cast of Mary Poppins includes: Kassi Blue, speech communications and English major from Rapid City, playing Mary Matt Adair, recent BHSU graduate, playing Bert Nick Nettle, education major from Rapid City, playing George Banks Anne Orban, mass communications major from Spearfish, playing Winifred Banks Hanna Bjorkman, playing Jane Banks Zade Dohman, playing Michael Banks Elysia Pederson, recent BHSU graduate, playing Katie Nanna and Queen Victoria Logan Sulentic, theatre major from Lead, playing Policeman and Von Hussler Sage Forsting, playing Miss Lark and Toy Simon Fiske, education major from Spearfish, playing Admiral Broom and Bank Chairman Francesca Romano, sociology major from Newcastle, Wyo., playing Mrs. Brill Katie O&rsquoShea, playing Roberta Cody Pepitone, recent BHSU graduate, playing Parker and Northbrook Evan Roles, playing Neleus and Toy Izzy Drumm, playing Miss Smythe and Valentine Racheal Shuck, music education major from Kadoka, playing Bird Woman Rachel Ridinger, psychology major from Alzada, Mont., playing Mrs. Corry and Miss Andrew Rylyn Junek, playing Fannie Chloe Lerew, playing Annie Brayden Cathcart, playing Toy Jaci Mollman, playing Toy and Tristen Olsson, playing Toy and Messenger.

Other community members and cast of the children&rsquos chorus include: Caylie Johnson, Deja Eldridge, Yesi Oswald, Melody Rages, Aiden O&rsquoShea, Tayler Duncan, Rose Mechaley, Maddison Doren, Daven Wehrung, Jack Branum, Reagan Branum, Natalie Dean, Aly Wilde, Danielle Valentine, and Tanner Walkins.

The BHSU Summer Stage is a Black Hills tradition. In its ninth season, the Black Hills community continues to be involved in Summer Stage by helping with costumes, choreography, and vocal performance. Student actors build sets, rehearse and perform providing a true professional theatre experience for the students and audience members.

All performances are in the Pangburn Hall Theatre on the BHSU campus. The theatre is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $13 for seniors age 55 and older, $10 for students, and $7 for children age 17 and younger. Group rates are available.

Reserve tickets online at or call 605-642-6171 for more information.

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