Beloved Musical “Mary Poppins” Review - Delights Families in Wisconsin Dells; Opening Marks Debut of The Palace Theatre

The Beloved Musical “Mary Poppins” Delights Families in Wisconsin Dells and the opening marks  the debut of The Palace Theatre, bringing Big-Hit, Broadway-Quality Shows to the Region’s 5 Million Yearly Visitors.

The Palace Theatre is easy to find, located across the street from the Wilderness Spa & Resort, the country’s largest indoor waterpark. The Palace Theatre’s state-of-the-art, 800-seat, regional destination will produce three to four classic American musicals in a style and quality consistent with that of Broadway, as well as present nationally known bands and comedians for concert engagements. The facility will also serve as a conference center for social events and family gatherings, with an in-house chef at the ready for elegant and unique menus. Photo by The Palace Theatre.

Visitors to the Wisconsin Dells looking for quality entertainment now have a new place to call their own with an outstanding dinner/theatre experience at The Palace Theatre that’s first rate and not to be missed.  The opulent new theatre, along with fine food and Broadway-quality shows, sweeps guests into a lush embrace that lasts for hours and hours. Consider it a home away from home away from home – a fanciful get-away tucked within the vast expense of the Wisconsin Dells that’s experienced by more than 5 million visitors a year.

The doors to The Palace Theatre open a generous two hours before show time, making it the perfect revival spot to shake off water park fatigue. Dinner is served at 90 minutes before showtime and included in the ticket price. Photo by The Palace Theatre.

Up first is MARY POPPINS, running through January 3, 2015 at The Palace Theatre, Wisconsin Dells’ just-opened, newest professional theater. The all-star cast is led by Jessica Lorion Haugh (National Tour of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast) who flew through the air as “Mary Poppins,” Kyle Szen (National Tour of A Christmas Carol) as “Bert,” Eddie Urish (National Broadway Tour of Memphis the Musical) as “George Banks,” and Rebecca Kostell as “Winifred Banks.” MARY POPPINS is directed and choreographed by Multi Jeff Award-winner Marc Robin and co-directed by Buddy Reeder.

Mary Poppins takes flight. Photo by Joseph Leute

With the perfect portion of sugar and medicine, MARY POPPINS endures as an enchanting mixture of ingenious story, heartwarming songs, thrilling choreography, and astonishing special effects. The story chronicles the troubled Banks family living in England in 1910 including father, Bert, and children, Jane and Michael, who have sent many nannies away by their antics. Once Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep, she teaches the family how to value each other again using a combination of magic and common sense.

A new, not-so-nice nanny at the helm. Photo by Joseph Leute

The Mary Poppins cast at the Palace Theatre also includes Olivia Foght and Bailey Magnusen as “Jane Banks,” Connor Martin and Matthew Robert Powell as “Michael Banks,” Lindsey Austin as “Mrs. Cory” and “Mrs. Andrew,” Erin McNerney as “Mrs. Brill,” Michael Miller as “Robertson Aye,” and Jon Deline as “Admiral Boom.” The ensemble includes Sally Scarborough, Kari Baker, Katherine Stanas, Jandrea Novak, Jennifer Byers, Brittany Bartlett, Nathan Mittleman, Mike Baerga, Ben Holtzman, and Josh Hayes.

“The biggest word you ever heard and this is how it goes.” Photo by Joseph Leute

The artistic team includes Musical Direction by Doug Peck with Orchestrations by Michael Hoagland, Lighting Design by Paul Black, Wig Design by Kevin Barthel, and Stage Management by Mark Johnson. Anne Manley also serves as Wardrobe Supervisor.

Palace Theatre owners Anthony and Joseph Tomaska have 30 years in entertainment, showbiz and food service. The bothers are known in Chicago and beyond for running Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, which ran a record-setting 17+ continuous years in Chicago.

With an ideal location across the street from the Wilderness Spa & Resort, the country’s largest indoor waterpark, MARY POPPINS is running at The Palace Theatre through January 3 on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Fridays at 7:00 p.m., Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. Tickets start at $29.95 (includes dinner). Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Please call 608-253-9000 for Groups Sales. To reserve tickets, call the Palace Theater Box Office at 608-253-4000 or for more information, visit: The Palace Theater website

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