FAMILIES will be impressed with Bendigo Theatre Company's production of Mary Poppins.
It is the first time BTC has performed on the Ulumbarra stage with the production crew taking full advantage of the facilities.
Mary Poppins is full of ambitious stunts, clever stagecraft, bursts of colour and memorable songs.
Some simply dressed sets create a picture-book feel to the show that will appeal to audiences.
Lovable everyman Bert takes us down Cherry Tree Lane where we get a glimpse of the Banks family before Mary Poppins arrives.
Paul Waldron plays Bert with a great amount of energy and a cheeky grin. He is a good foil to Alicia Barker's stern yet whimsical Mary Poppins.
Eliza Griffiths and Oliver Scott take on their big roles of Jan and Michael with great heart.
Joel McDonald and Bonnie Fawcett are excellent as Mr and Mrs Banks.
Fawcett acts above her age as Mrs Banks while McDonald plays a stark contrast to the fun and chaos Jane and Michael love.
But aside from the major characters, the Mary Poppins ensemble is bursting with talent.
Bryden White-Tuohey (Robertson Ay) and Maree Kennedy (Mrs Brill) add a god dose of comedy while Jason McMurray (Valentine) and Charlie Munday (Nelius) are among the many talents in the dance choreography.
When Mary leads the kids on a Jolly Holiday and the challenge of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious it provides waves of colour that are made even more bright and energetic by the talented ensemble.
Some blink-and-you-miss moments are also wonderful additions that will wow audiences.
Flying actors, levitating dishes and Mary’s magical carpet bag are all bought to life in very clever ways.
It highlights the passion and determination BTC had to bring this ambitious production to life and the efforts are worth it.
Mary Poppins opens at Ulumbarra Theatre on Thursday, July 9.
The sold-out season runs until Sunday, July 12.