The Citadel Theatre rounded up a number of MacEwan University alumni for its supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical. Mary Poppins, the magical tale of the nanny who arrives in the nick of time to mend a broken family, features several alumni and a faculty member to the stage.
Kate Ryan, a Theatre Arts faculty member, takes on the role of Mrs. Banks. She joins a cast that includes Theatre Arts alumni Kendra Connor (playing Katie Nana, Mrs. Corry and part of the ensemble cast, in addition to her understudy role as Mary Poppins) and Andrew MacDonald-Smith (as Bert).
Other alumni are working behind the scenes, including Theatre Arts alum Kerry Johnson as assistant stage manager and Theatre Production’s Trent Crosby as rehearsal production assistant.
“I've had the pleasure of both working with MacEwan alumni at many theatre companies here in Edmonton,” says Kate, who has also directed a few students and alumni for Plain Jane Theatre at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. She says there is always a good chance that alumni will be part of a production she is working on.
“MacEwan is preparing these artists to work in many different facets of theatre, to be open to the many opportunities out there and to be committed to their work,” says Kate. She adds, “Theatre Arts is a huge, diverse community and the more exposed you are to the many styles, genres and even venue sizes, the more you will be prepared for taking on the work in a professional manner.”
Outside of the university’s theatre programs, Evan R. Klassen, who graduates from the Arts and Cultural Management program this year, is the stage manager; nine-year-old Alberta College Conservatory of Music student Jack Forestier plays the role of Michael Banks; retired music faculty member Bobby Cairns plays guitar and banjo in the band along with and five current Conservatory faculty members, Mary Fearon (french horn), Beth Levia (oboe), Alden Lowrey (tuba and trombone), Dan Sutherland (clarinet) and Ian Woodman (cello).
Catch them on stage at the Citadel Theatre until April 20.