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Festival 56 will present Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Mary Poppins’

Members of the cast of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s "Mary Poppins" rehearse before the July 11 opening.
Members of the cast of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s "Mary Poppins" rehearse before the July 11 opening.

PRINCETON — Festival 56 will present “Mary Poppins,” with an appearance by the Camp 56 kids, July 11-21 at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton.

As the play opens on London’s Cherry Tree Lane, a frustrated nanny is quitting her job because the children, Jane and Michael, are intractable. Fortunately for everyone, Mary Poppins appears suddenly and takes charge of the children. Their adventures together include several life lessons, including the acquisition of the word “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” with Bert.

Even so, the children continue to be difficult and Mary leaves while they reconsider their behavior. In her absence, a new nanny takes over and terrorizes the household. The children’s parents experience a reversal and then a restoration of the family’s fortunes, and Mary returns. Eventually, with the family in happier circumstances than when she arrived, Mary drifts away to her next adventure.

The Grace Performing Arts Center is located at 316 S. Main St. in Princeton and is fully accessible with public parking nearby. To purchase tickets, visit www.festival56.com, call 815-879-5656, email boxoffice@festival56.com or stop by the theater. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and one hour before performances. Tickets are $29, $26 (seniors 65-plus) and $14 (students). Beer, wine, soft drinks and treats are available for sale at the lobby bar. For further information, contact the box office at 815-879-5656.

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