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Arts Council unveils Mary Poppins cast, rich with local talent

The Flin Flon Community Choir has their cast for this year’s upcoming production of the musical Mary Poppins.
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The Flin Flon Community Choir has its cast for its upcoming production of the musical Mary Poppins.

The group’s first major show since the 2019 production of Mamma Mia is moving into rehearsals later this month, with a wide array of local talent of all ages on tap filling each needed role.

The role of the titular magic nanny will go to Kat Trumbley, a long-time choir member who played one of the featured leads in Mamma Mia. The role of the narrator, Cockney song and dance man Bert, will go to Chad Plamondon.

The Banks family will consist of Kim Jones playing Winifred Banks, Alain Lachapelle as paterfamilias George and a total of four child actors playing their two kids - son Michael will be portrayed by Thomas Muldoon and Kaleb Olsen, while Bridget Wendlandt and Carerra Goring-Pickering will play daughter Jane.

Maid Mrs. Brill will be shown on stage by Angela Ishaka, with Penny Grove doing two roles - Talking Shop owner Mrs. Corry and former Banks family nanny Miss Andrew. Robertson Ay, the Banks’ family servant, will be played by Piper Sapergia-Green, while Mark Wendlandt will portray businessman Von Hussler, Pandora Furniss will play the bird woman and Tim Spencer will play Mr. Banks’ boss, the bank chairman. Therese Deah will take on the role of Mrs. Lark.

The rest of the cast will do double duty - Lana Leclerc tackles both the roles of the park keeper and a policeman, John Taylor will be both retired sea captain Admiral Boom and businessman Northbrook and Olivia Fernandes will be both nanny Katie Nanna and Miss Corry’s daughter Fannie - Jelisa Wiegers will play Annie, Fannie’s sister, while also playing the role of the magic statue Neleus.

The show’s director and choreographer will head to Flin Flon to host initial rehearsals for about a week later this month. Ann Hodges has been brought in by the choir to direct the show - the Winnipeg-based director has worked extensively in Flin Flon before, having directed both the choir’s Mamma Mia production in 2019 and its production of Les Miserables in 2015, among others.

The choir formally announced this year’s show with a medley performance at Johnny’s Social Club last May, with singers performing songs from other musicals shown by the choir in the past. Over the past 30 years, the choir has performed a wide range of musicals, ranging from Les Miserables, Chicago, Mamma Mia, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and others, as well as the locally-produced Bombertown, written by long-time Flin Flon arts fixture Mark Kolt.

Auditions for this year’s musical were held last fall, with several being held via videoconferencing app Zoom.

The show is slated to take place May 5, 6 and 7 at the R.H. Channing Auditorium.

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