Mary Poppins JR


Writers: Julian Fellowes Cameron Mackintosh


Show Information

Conceived By
Based on the Play/Book/Film
Disney's Mary Poppins
Number of Acts
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
London, England, 1910
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Some Dance
Ideal for
Diverse Cast, Elementary School, Ensemble Cast, Large Cast, Middle School, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male, Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA)
Casting Notes

Includes child, early teen, late teen characters


Based on P.L. Travers’ beloved book series of the same name, Mary Poppins became an immediate hit when it premiered as a movie musical in 1964. Years later, the same magic was brought to the stage! It was a hit and a shortened JR version was born. In the musical, Bert, a jack-of-all-trades, invites us into the world of London, England in 1910 — and, specifically, into the dysfunctional home of the Banks family. Jane and Michael, the young Banks children, have sent yet another nanny packing, dismissing these children as hopelessly and irrevocably spoiled and misbehaved. With a father who works constantly and mother who is always distracted, Jane and Michael have suffered without strong caretaking forces in their lives. Then the magical Mary Poppins flies in on the wind with her parrot umbrella, bringing with her a combination of whimsy, magic, and disciplined common sense to the children’s lives. Together, they go on memorable and magical adventures — and also learn the importance of a tidy nursery and of taking the medicine they need (with a spoonful of sugar, of course). Mary Poppins’ transformational influence does not stop with the children — eventually, she teaches the grown-ups, as well, to open up and realize that “anything can happen if you let it.”

Lead Characters

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