Today Broadway Global names Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts the #1 Best 2015 Community Theatre in The United States of America. Every year Broadway Global honors dozens of Broadway Global Producer of the Year nominees. Each year the nominees are reminded that their Broadway investments will someday make their way to regional, professional, educational and local community theatre productions. When a community theatre pulls off a $85,000 musical with professional production values from live orchestra to flying Mary Poppins our global community theatres should take notes!
The production values of Mary Poppins at Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts has put them on the map as #1. “It’s important that we recognize national productions that embrace their own communities while developing future Broadway audiences, local talents, offering affordable theatre for diverse families. The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts is a national treasure that exemplifies all these key elements. We challenge community theatres around the globe to embrace the arts as PPTOPA has!” Broadway Global
The family classic Mary Poppins is flying high at The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts (PPTOPA) www.pptopa.com. The music and magical flying is more than a spoonful of sugar! The beloved family classic, Mary Poppins, comes to the stage in the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical of all time. Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts is a practically perfect example for global community theatres who may want to “Step in Time” developing productions with professional production values, while offering Broadway award winning productions to its local community at affordable pricing.
If you’re not in Florida, let PPTOPA challenge your community to produce local productions with these professional qualities. If you are in Florida, you still have time to join Mary as she teaches Jane, Michael, Winifred, and George Banks how to be a family again. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it”!
This perfect musical shares the journey of a father who is so busy making money to support his family that he needs a nanny to teach the importance of true family. The true family in this case is not just the story of Mary Poppins, but this community theatre packing houses and educating America about the importance of quality theatre at a local level. The cost to fly a few of the characters, live orchestra, colorful costumes, actor-friendly sets, lighting, sound and clean choreography all distinguish this theatre company as the #1 example of community theatre. Broadway Global challenges all community theatre productions to raise your bar in production values as PPTOPA has.
The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts (PPTOPA) was created 20 years ago when a family with its roots in Hialeah moved to Pembroke Pines to raise their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Florence Andrews, the matriarch of the family, was the daughter of a Broadway producer who passed his love of theater down through her generations. Having been an instrumental part of what is now the Main Street Players of Miami Lakes, Florence Andrews, her daughter Stacy Cichewicz, and her grandson James Cichewicz formed the “Pines Players” with their friends Paul and Irene Mendelsohn and created this theater company which is going strong to this date.
Mary Poppins features original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and was co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. For more information on Mary Poppins please visit www.pptopa.com. This production is the result of many months of work and many 12-hour days by a huge team of dedicated volunteers,” says artistic director and producer Keith Kramer. “It is a labor of love with a tremendous magical outcome.”
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Stand outs in Mary Poppins include the beautiful vocals of Shalia Sakona (Mary Poppins), tumbling Lito Becerra (Bert/Neleus), full orchestra with Music Direction by Michael Day, colorful Choreography by Del Marrero and Steven Fuentes, and outstanding talented kids Elizabeth Polk (Jane) and Matthew Zide (Michael Banks) – who could have easily starred in the Broadway production. The outstanding Direction by Stacey Cichewicz-Marino makes this Mary Poppins a must see musical for all theatre lovers.
“It’s absolutely tremendous that we, a community theatre, can produce a professional-caliber show with a budget of $85,000 that is solely funded by ticket sales,” says PPTOPA board president Mina Mandel. “We get no financial assistance from outside sources, yet we continue to impress our audiences with show after show of high quality musical theatre at a reasonable price, with tickets that are only $14 to $25. Broadway is alive in Pembroke Pines!”
The entire Mary Poppins cast shares the heart and soul of this dedicated theatre community: Shalia Sakona (Mary Poppins), Lito Becerra (Bert/Neleus), Steve Fuentes (Bert/Choreographer), Kevin D. Smith (Mr. Banks), Lory Reyes (Winifred Banks), Elizabeth Polk (Jane), Katya Scharow (Jane), Mathew Zide (Michael Banks), Zack Michael (Michael Banks), Meredith Cariski (Mrs. Brill, Roly Del Rio (Neleus/Ensemble), Lind M. Roberts (Bird Woman), Stacey Cichewicz-Marino (Miss Andrew, Director), Tommy Mandel (Bank Chairman), Barb Goldworm (Mrs.Corry), Ben Schulman (Von Hussler/Ensemble), Bernard Lawrence (Admiral Boom/Ensemble), Fran Alexander (Katie Nonna/Queen Victoria), Joseph Verga (Policeman), Larry Chidsey (Northbrook/Ensemble), Savannah Marino (Miss Lark, Ensemble), Ted Dvoracek (Park Keeper/Ensemble), Zachary Weinstein (Robertson/Ensemble), Patty Fernandez (Miss Smythe/Ensemble), Alexandria Palazzo (Ensemble), Amanda Boyle (Ensemble), Ashley Williamson (Ensemble), Ishmael Gonzalez (Ensemble), Jacqueline Miller (Ensemble), Jessie Jordan (Ensemble), Leslie Rodriguez (Ensemble), Mackenzie Tammara (Ensemble), Madison Norman (Ensemble), Preston C. Howell (Ensemble), Reneee Boyle (Ensemble), Ron Pullack (Ensemble), Sara Girfinkel (Ensemble), Sarah Gorfinkel (Ensemble), Talia Mandel (Ensemble), Veronica Jordan (Ensemble), Victoria Manzato (Ensemble).
Production team also includes Keith Kramer (Artistic Director), Wendy Marrero (Production Manger), Elliot Riches (Technical Director), Mark Palazzo (Stage Manger), Del Marrero (Choreographer), Michael Day (Musical Director) and Tom Alexander (Sound Engineer).
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