Friday, July 22, 2011
Mary Poppins Cast Pops into Newport Beach Public Library
Steffanie Leigh, who portrays the legendary nanny in Disney’s Mary Poppins now playing at the Center and her colleagues in the show, Hannah Chin and Anthony Christian Daniel, stopped by the Newport Beach Public Library on July 21. During this special visit, the artists read the first chapter from P.L. Travers book, which introduced Mary to the world of literature and imagination in 1934. They answered questions about the show and their careers from the nearly 100 children plus parents who gathered for the afternoon event. The highlight had to be when Steffanie, Hannah and Anthony got everyone to their feet and showed them how to spell out ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ just as they do it in the show.
These afternoon gatherings organized by the Center and the library illustrate how shows and ballets and other stage productions so often originate from great works of literature. Reading them as well as seeing them provides wonderful insight into the stories and their journey through time from page to stage.