Oakcrest is pleased to announce this year’s Upper School show, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Performances will take place on February 18 and 19 at the Ernst Community Theater in Annandale, Virginia.
Set in London in 1910, Mary Poppins follows the adventures of a magical nanny who arrives in London to take charge of siblings Jane and Michael. Along with a friendly chimney-sweep named Bert, they experience a whirlwind of musical adventures and learn a thing or two about love and the importance of family along the way. The Oakcrest show will star Addison Duncan ‘24 as Mary Poppins, Connor Flynn (a student at The Heights School) as Bert, and Sally Mohler ‘23 and Lorali O’Byrne ‘25 as Jane and Michael Banks, with Oakcrest theatre teacher Dr. Kristin O’Malley directing.
“We are blessed to have very talented Upper School students, and we knew that their talents and energy would be able to bring the show to life,” says Dr. O’Malley. “However, the game changer this year that allowed us to do this show is the fact that we are able to perform at the Ernst Community Theater. This venue has been a blessing for us, because it has opened up the technical opportunities we need to perform shows like Mary Poppins. The facilities at the Ernst Theater not only enhance the overall production features of our shows, but they also provide invaluable opportunities to our students involved in technical theatre to engage with sound and light equipment that was previously unavailable to us.”
Theatre director Dr. Kristin O’Malley earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. In addition, she has a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. O’Malley has directed over twenty shows. Last summer she led Oakcrest’s summer Musical Theatre camps, which gave students the opportunity to work on acting, singing, set design, and costumes, culminating in a performance.