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Dear readers,

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, West Plains community members and visitors alike, it is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I extend a warm invitation to each and every one of you to experience the magic of "Mary Poppins" at our beloved historic Avenue Theatre in beautiful downtown West Plains. This isn't just any production; it's a dazzling display of talent and passion that you simply cannot afford to miss.

The Avenue Theatre has long been a cornerstone of our community, bringing to life a variety of summer musicals that are nothing short of spectacular. This year's production of "Mary Poppins" is no exception. Our community theatre consistently hits above its weight class, delivering performances that rival those of professional stages. It's a testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone involved, from the cast and crew to the volunteers and supporters who make these shows possible.

Walking into the historic Avenue Theatre, you're immediately embraced by its charm and the palpable excitement that fills the air. The moment the curtain rises, you're transported into a world where anything is possible, where a spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down, and where the magic of Mary Poppins brings joy and wonder to all.

The cast of "Mary Poppins" is nothing short of extraordinary. Each actor brings their character to life with such energy and authenticity that you can't help but be drawn into their world. The chemistry between Mary Poppins, played with grace and charm, and the ever-cheerful Bert is electric, creating moments that are both heartwarming and exhilarating. The children, Jane and Michael Banks, capture the innocence and curiosity that make the story so endearing. Every member of the cast, from the smallest role to the lead, gives a performance that will leave you in awe.

And let's not forget about the crew! The behind-the-scenes magic is just as impressive as what happens on stage. The set design, costumes, lighting, and sound all come together to create an immersive experience that makes you feel like you're right there in the heart of London. The choreography is lively and precise, perfectly complementing the iconic songs that we all know and love. It's clear that a tremendous amount of effort and creativity has gone into making this production a true masterpiece.

Now, you might be wondering, "When can I catch this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious performance?" Well, you're in luck! There are still plenty of opportunities to see "Mary Poppins" at the Avenue Theatre. Performances are scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. If you can't make it this weekend, don't worry! There are additional shows next week at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The final performance will be a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. With so many chances to see the show, there's no excuse to miss out on this enchanting experience.

Attending a performance at the Avenue Theatre is more than just a night out; it's an opportunity to support local arts and celebrate the incredible talent within our community. It's a chance to come together with friends, family, and neighbors to share in the joy and wonder that only live theatre can provide. Whether you're a longtime supporter of the Avenue Theatre or a first-time visitor, I guarantee that you'll leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

So, mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and make your way to the Avenue Theatre for an unforgettable evening of entertainment. "Mary Poppins" is a show that promises to delight audiences of all ages, and I can't think of a better way to spend a summer evening in West Plains. Trust me, you won't want to miss this magical performance!

See you at the theatre!
Chris Herbolsheimer
West Plains Daily Quill & West Plains Gazette