Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mary Poppins~ Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

OK~ My family and I had the opportunity to attend Mary Poppins at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, last evening, November 27th, 2010!  What a fun opportunity.  It was so fun to see people doing something that they love and truly enjoying every moment of it while on stage.

Yep, here we are! Quite the happy bunch.  Most of you know, I have very few pictures of my 15 year old smiling, here's another one to add to the pile! Kudos to the very helpful lady that took this photo!

Mary Poppins, The Hit Broadway Musical, plays in Des Moines through Dec. 12th, 2010. The show is family friendly, while entertaining for all ages.  Me being the casual observer that I was, took note as to how people were dressed.  This was a Sat. night and I'm assuming some people just dress up more on Sat. night. There were people dressed in evening attire to how Garrett is dressed, jeans and a sweatshirt.  Families need not worry about spending extra money on attire for the kids, this show is full of family fun and affordable! If you'd like to see what days you can see this performance and how much it will cost, head over ticketmaster; as they handle the tickets for this awesome performance!

I had almost forgotten how much fun the word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious can be! This was a really fun part of the show.  It's amazing what a word can do! This was, of course, one song that I recognized. "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee" were two other songs that I recalled from the past.

The cast was huge!  It takes a lot of people to put on a production like this.  Lots of people with amazing talent!
Mary Poppins was played by Caroline Sheen, she was absolutely perfect for the part.  And, according to the Newton Daily News, Eric Hatch, who is part of an ensemble, is from Knoxville, Iowa! The music, acting, singing, "stunts" were all entertaining!  An amazing cast with a lot of talent.

Garrett, of course, drug his feet. He wasn't so sure about attending Mary Poppins with his parents on a Saturday evening! He moaned and groaned a little bit. But I must say this Mom took note. While glancing over at him, he did actually crack a smile or two during the performance. What boy, of any age, doesn't love to see people "fly?" Just proves that a 15 year old  that enjoys "outdoors" activities can have fun at a fast paced, yet down to earth, musical performance.

The characters, costumes, music ( the orchestra was also fabulous), and story line was a full 2 1/2 hours of family entertainment! I especially liked how the story line addressed real life issues, which face real people in the year 2010. Of course, the faithful and loyal Mary Poppins shared her encouragement and common sense to the performance. She casually reminded all of us on how important it is to do good for others, as well as for yourself.

If you are looking for a fun way to share some time with your family over the next couple weeks, do check out Mary Poppins in Des Moines, Iowa.  You will have a great time and maybe even develop a new appreciation of the arts in general.  And how could I forget the set and the costumes? The set and costumes are amazing works of art. Make the time to do something a little different this holiday season, take the family to Mary Poppins, your family will thank you!

On one more note~ parking was fairly simple.  Parking ramps and street parking were both fairly easy to find.  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I did receive three complimentary tickets to see this performance at The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, in Des Moines, Iowa.  I also received a bag of Mary Poppins merchandise upon picking up our tickets.  The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.  


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