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Going Back to Boot Camp

Yesterday, I was racing through the stage door to collect my shiny new folder (I always hoped for red), full of unsung songs and untold stories waiting just for me. My friends and I contemplated for hours which show we’d be doing this year, knowing it was useless to attempt to read Brandon’s mind. I … Continued

Our Step in Time

It’s Monday afternoon and the theatre is dark after a weekend filled with musical magic.  We’ve made it through our first weekend and we couldn’t be more excited for our next.  Rehearsing is fun and exhausting, but this is what we came here to do: to experience the magic of live theatre with those who … Continued

MARY’s Flying In!

We’re only three days away from our opening night of Mary Poppins and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s been a wild ride worthy of Mr. Toad and we can only go up from here. We started back in May and the weeks have flown by, but there’s still so much more to explore. As … Continued

Heroes Behind the Scenes

Theatre is the ultimate collaborative art form. Like pieces of a puzzle, it combines a multitude of personalities, disciplines, and talents to create one grand masterpiece. Those pieces don’t just fall together, of course. Theatrical productions take the dedication of many passionate people to rocket them from page to stage. Often times, we only consider … Continued

The Magic of Mary Poppins

What is it we love most about Mary Poppins? Is it her keen sense of style? Her perfectly-timed humor? Or is it something elusive, something we can’t quite understand: her magic. Mary Poppins is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, and we can’t get enough of her. From bringing toys to life … Continued


New experiences can often be nerve-racking and sometimes even a little scary, but for QCT newcomer Lance Smith, Mary Poppins has been nothing but fun. Although Mary Poppins is his QCT debut, it’s hardly his first production. Ever since he was a kid, Lance has been a skilled speaker. He loved being in school plays from … Continued

There’s Something About Mary

“First of all, I would like to make one thing clear.  I never explain anything.” Mary Poppins blew in on the East Wind. Where did she come from? Where was she going? Who is she? Only author P.L. Travers knew the answers to these most prominent questions, and she liked keeping it secret. She also … Continued

How to Put on a Musical

From the outside, showbiz seems so glamorous: lavish costumes, adoring fans, getting to do what you love for a living. Broadway stars make it look so effortless, like they were born with tap shoes on their feet and a song in their heart. What many people don’t realize is that theatre is a tough industry. … Continued

What’s the Difference?

What do you think when you hear “Mary Poppins?” You’ve probably got a vivid image of a particular song or scene that stuck with you through the years. Maybe it’s a particularly memorable chapter of the book series. It could even be Bert tap dancing upside down. Everyone has something special they love about Mary … Continued

Being Mr. Banks

In a small house at Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane, there lives a middle-aged man named George Banks. George Banks works as a junior officer at a London bank to provide for his wife, Winifred, and their two children, Jane and Michael. As a hard-working everyman, he does his best to financially support his family, … Continued

The Edwardian Influence

Mary Poppins takes place in the heart of London, 1910, at the end of the Edwardian era. Named for its monarch, King Edward VII, it was a span of roughly ten years squished between the Victorian era and World War I. Much like its namesake, this period was renowned for the luxurious fashions, foods, and … Continued


“If I didn’t have a career in the arts, I would always wonder, ‘What if?’” Kelsey Celek, Quincy Community Theatre’s head of education, has come a long way since her first experience in the world of theatre and is always making new discoveries. Before theatre, Kelsey was a shy kid who didn’t like public speaking. … Continued

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