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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 6:32 pm | Updated: 9:19 am, Wed Nov 6, 2013.

For the first time in The Muny’s 95-year history, a character will fly over the Muny audience when “Mary Poppins The Musical” comes to the stage July 25-Aug. 2.

Thanks to the work of Muny technical designers and ZFX, one of the premier flying effect companies in the nation, audiences will experience this Muny first.

“We are absolutely thrilled to collaborate with The Muny on its historic premiere of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Mary Poppins The Musical,’ ” said one ZFX spokesperson “We’ve been working with them on this for over a year, and we believe ZFX’s cutting-edge flying effects along with The Muny’s mission to provide great theater, will definitely create a magical experience (full of surprises — wink, wink) for all of the audience members, both young and old.”

With two extra performances Aug. 1 and 2, “Mary Poppins” promises nine evenings of thrills and excitement.

“Mary Poppins” will be directed by Gary Griffin and choreographed by Alex Sanchez.

Casting includes Jenny Powers starring in the title role, with Rob McClure co-starring as Bert. Joining them will be Erin Dilly as Winifred Banks and Stephen Buntrock as George Banks. Rounding out the cast will be Elizabeth Teeter as Jane Banks, Aidan Gemme as Michael Banks, James Anthony as Admiral Boom, Zoe Vonder Haar as Mrs. Brill, Anthony Daniel as Robertson Ay, Laura Ackermann as the Bird Woman, and Rebecca Finnegan as Queen Victoria.

“This is a thrilling team and cast,” said Muny Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. “They promise to take The Muny audience to new heights, which is also something we’ve taken rather literally. It’s going to be an evening of true Muny magic.”

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