Macye ArmstrongTue/Sat-7:30


Macye Armstrong (Jane) is incredibly thrilled to be a part of this wonderful production of MARY POPPINS. She has been in many shows at Artisan over the past few years. Some of her favorite roles have been Fancy Nancy in FANCY NANCY THE MUSICAL, Jemima Potts in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, and Wilbur in CHARLOTTE'S WEB. She wants to thank God and her Mom for helping her achieve her dreams of being onstage.

Hannah BakerMon/Fri/Sat-3


Hannah Baker (Teddy Bear/Dance Ensemblehas just completed her 6th grade year at Mary Martin Elementary in Weatherford, and is enjoying meeting new people at Artisan Center Theater! Most recently, she performed the role of Madame de la Grande Bouche in Martin Musicals’ production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. and Teen Fiona/Pied Piper in Granbury Theatre Company’s SHREK. Other favorite roles include Ms. Hannigan in ANNIE JR. and Agnes in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS.

Cameron BarkleyMon/Fri/Sat-3


Cameron Barkley (Robertson Ay) was practically raised on the music of the Sherman Brothers. Put that together with his fondness for the Cockney accent and the role of Robertson Aye is a perfect match. On Artisan’s Main Stage, Cameron has played the roles of Harvey Johnson in BYE BYE BIRDIE, Dickon in SECRET GARDEN, Billy Fisher in TOM SAWYER, Harry Locke in THE MUSIC MAN, Poppa in STARLIGHT EXPRESS, Tom Jenkins in SCROOGE, and Irish Pirate in THE PIRATE QUEEN. As a cast member with Artisan Children’s Theater, he has been in over a dozen productions. He also enjoys singing in the Second Stage musical revues, including SONGS FROM SHOWS YOU’LL NEVER SEE AT ARTISAN, RED, WHITE & TRUE BLUE, and THE TUMBLEWEED ROUNDUP. When he’s not singing, dancing, and acting at Artisan, Cameron is a Senior homeschooler and working to earn his Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts.

Jacob BitterMon/Fri/Sat-3


Jacob Bitter (Von Hussler/Mr. Punch/Dance Ensemble) loves to bring characters to life. Participating in school and community theater brought new depths to Jacob's understanding of characters and how to draw on experiences to enhance his story telling. Jacob loves to sing, dance, and act and draws a special enjoyment from that gratitude of others whom he has touched in some manner through his efforts. He has played leading and supporting roles and looks forward to each opportunity to perform.

Caitlynn BonnettTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Caitlynn Bonnett (Teddy Bear/Dance Ensemble) is a high school student in love with the arts. She loves to sing and dance and is very passionate about the performing arts. She has an active role in the high school choir department where she serves as secretary, and is also very invested in the theatre program.

Mallory BrinkleyTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Mallory Brinkley (Annie/Dance Ensemble) has appeared in film, commercials, and theater, and was most recently in a production of THE ARISTOCATS. Mallory is best-known for her role as “little girl” in the wildly popular Muller Insurance commercials filmed in New Jersey. Mallory’s love of acting and singing led her to the theater, and she feels incredibly grateful to be part of this production! Mallory would like to thank her mom for her never-ending love and tireless support of her talent.

Kevin CarterMon/Fri/Sat-3


Kevin Carter (Mr. Banks) is delighted to be making his Artisan Center Theater debut with this incredible cast and crew. He has previously performed with the Spartanburg Repertory Opera in THE MERRY WIDOW and as The Usher in TRIAL BY JURY. Most recently he played Hawking Clam in ONSTAGE in Bedford’s production of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. He would like to thank his wife for all her love and support.

Tevin CatesMon/Fri/Sat-3


Tevin Cates (Neleus/Valentine/Dance Ensemble) is excited to return for his 29th Main Stage production at Artisan, after working for two years at Walt Disney World in Entertainment. Some of Tevin's favorite roles on Artisan’s Main Stage have  been Caleb in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Andy Lee in 42ND STREET, and Mouthpiece in WEST SIDE STORY. Big hug to his granddad and the rest of his family—and thanks to Marla Schulz for giving him this fun opportunity!

Faith Hope CheesmanTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Faith Hope Cheesman (Miss Andrews/Singing Ensemble) is excited to be joining the MARY POPPINS cast in her very first character role. Honing her craft and stretching to do new things is always an exciting endeavor! Some of her favorite parts have been Kala in TARZAN, Annabelle in LUCKY STIFF, Denise in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, and most recently, Evleen in THE PIRATE QUEEN. When she isn't working or doing theater, she is ever in the kitchen, baking cakes and pastries! She thanks each of her children for encouraging her to keep chasing that curtain! Most especially, she feels blessed to have such a wonderful husband willing to support her joy in performing!

Nathanael ClarkTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Nathanael Clark (Michael Banks) just finished 7th grade at Fort Worth Academy of Arts and is so thrilled to perform in MARY POPPINS! Last year, he was cast as Nigel in the National Tour of MATILDA, but decided to move back home to perform in his beloved state of Texas! He has enjoyed performing such roles as: Tiny Tim in SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, Randolph in BYE BYE BIRDIE at Artisan Center Theater, Scuttle in THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR., Arthur in FLAT STANLEY, Mowgli in THE JUNGLE BOOK at Artisan Children's Theater, Morris in HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS at Casa Mañana, Young Van Cliburn in VAN CLIBURN: AN AMERICAN HERO at Bass Hall, and Snoopy in YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN with Kids Who Care at Scott Theater. He would like to thank his family, friends and teachers for supporting him through this journey!

Piper DanielMon/Fri/Sat-3


Piper Daniel (Dance Ensemble) is delighted to be part of this theatre family and part of the amazing MARY POPPINS cast. She has been performing at the Artisan for almost 7 years. Although this show is missing a shiny pink unicorn, she hopes it still has enough magic to brighten your day. Piper thanks God for her talent and her directors, choreographers, voice and theatrical instructors, and family for their guidance, love, and support.

Larkin FeltsTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Larkin Felts (Neleus/Valentine/Dance Ensemble) is a sophomore at Felts Academy. He began his acting career in film, but entered theatre two years ago in Midland. As a Pickwick Player at Midland Community Theatre, he played Jimmy in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and the title role in PINOCCHIO. He's excited to be back on stage and share in the wonderful world of live theatre.

Mary HannaMon/Fri/Sat-3


Mary Hanna (Mrs. Banks/Music Directoris thrilled to be a part of MARY POPPINS. Her other acting credits include Mrs. Pearce in MY FAIR LADY, Ruth in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, A NIGHT OF MOZART’S OPERETTAS at University of Arkansas Performing Arts Center, and Edith in JAKE’S WOMEN at Muskogee Community Theatre. Her hobbies and passions include playing comedic, ridiculous characters in shows, music, sports, beauty pageants, and speaking for her platform for Breast Cancer Awareness. She would like to thank her husband, Michael, for his unwavering support and love.

Michael HastyTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Michael Hasty (Northbrook/Policeman/Dance Ensemble) is thrilled to be in his 3rd Artisan production! MARY POPPINS has been a dream show ever since he was a kid! Past roles at Artisan have included The Prize Fighter/Crapshooter/Bartender in GUYS AND DOLLS and Lorde/Pirate/Soldier in THE PIRATE QUEEN! His favorite role was when he played Sir Toby Belch in TWELFTH NIGHT. He wants to thank his friends and family for always giving him encouragement and support, and he would like to thank God for the talents he has blessed him with. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Kelsey JergerMon/Fri/Sat-3


Kelsey Jerger (Miss Lark/Dance Ensemble) is making her debut onto the musical theater stage. She graduated from TCU with a Bachelor’s in Music Education as a percussionist. She is currently the music teacher at West Birdville Elementary where she received the honor of Teacher of the Year this fall. Her life-long interest in music has lead her to many performance opportunities including university percussion ensemble, orchestra, and jazz band as well as with the World Champion Drum & Bugle corps, Phantom Regiment.

Jake JonesMon/Fri/Sat-3


Jake Jones (Dance Ensemble) loves being at the Artisan Theater! Jake considers it home, so when he toured with Networks production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST last year, he missed everyone here! He enjoyed all the friends he made during his tour as Chip, the Teacup. He has loved being in THE MUSIC MAN, SCROOGE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. at Artisan to name a few of his favorites! He thanks God for the talent he’s been given and encourages everyone to pursue their dreams!

Jimmy JonesMon/Fri/Sat-3


Jimmy Jones (Dance Ensemble) loves being in another show here at Artisan again! Jimmy loves Artisan as his theater home. At age 10, he’s been in more shows than he has fingers to count now! His favorite roles have been Jeremy in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and Chip in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. Jimmy loves the flexibility homeschooling provides as he pursues being a kid and also theater! He would like to thank Mr. Rick & Mrs. DeeAnn for all they do, and you for coming to this show!

Naysa KamauThu/Sat-3


Naysa Kamau (Jane) is ecstatic to be in Artisan's production of MARY POPPINS! You might have recently seen her in the Children's Theater production of MADAGASCAR. Naysa would like to thank her family, friends, and God for all the support they have given her and hopes you enjoy a great show!!

Jared KyleTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Jared Kyle (Bert) is proud to return to Artisan after almost 7 years! He graduated from Sam Houston State University with his BFA musical theatre, and his most recent credits include Don Lockwood in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and Claude in HAIR.

Catherine LangleyTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Catherine Langley (Doll/Dance Ensemble) celebrates performing in her 20th show at Artisan in this beloved musical! MARY POPPINS is a long-time family favorite, and Catherine is excited to help bring it to life on the stage! You may have recently seen her in the ACT Dance Troupe on the Second Stage or as Melman in MADAGASCAR with the Children’s Theater. She would like to thank her Artisan mentors and teachers, Natalie Burkhart, Jen Leyva, Amy Jones, and Nöel Clark, for their unending guidance and support.

Jane LyonMon/Fri/Sat-3


Jane Lyon (Mrs. Brill) turned her passion for singing into a business twelve years ago, and now brings a professionally-developed pre-school music curriculum to 20 child care centers in 5 counties. She has also spent approximately 15 years singing on her church's worship team. When she became an "empty nester" last year, and then was subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer, she made a list of "saying 'yes' to myself" things to do during her recuperation from surgery, when she was not to be returning to work for three months (and surgery was all she needed, so she will not miss any rehearsals or performances due to any medical treatments). One of the things at the top of her list was to audition for a musical at Artisan. She was so blessed to be Mrs. Higgins in MY FAIR LADY, and is now ready to step into a singing role!

Eva MaganaMon/Fri/Sat-3


Eva Magaña (Annie/Dance Ensemble) is excited to make MARY POPPINS her Main Stage debut, after appearing in 14 shows, mostly at Artisan Children’s Theater. She's loved performing since her first show at age 4, playing a Pirate Piggy in DORA’S PIRATE ADVENTURE. One of her favorite parts was playing Gretl von Trapp in the musical revue, SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: THE MUSIC OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN with 3 of her 4 siblings. She is 9 years old.

Paloma MaganaMon/Fri


Paloma Magaña (Jane) is a five-year stage veteran at age 11. Her favorite roles include Helen Keller in THE MIRACLE WORKER, Mary Lennox in THE SECRET GARDEN, and Annie in ANNIE WARBUCKS at The Firehouse Theater. Paloma also has numerous credits at Artisan Children’s Theater including Annie in ANNIE JR., Madeline in MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS, Young Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL, and Flounder in THE LITTLE MERMAID. Paloma looks forward to attending Harwood Junior High in the fall.

Sherry MarshallMon/Fri/Sat-3


Sherry Marshall (Miss Andrews/Singing Ensemble) is so happy to be a part of her eleventh production at Artisan! Sherry has been performing since she was a child in school and church productions and various community theaters. She even met her husband of 12 years in their church drama group. You might remember seeing her in PIRATE QUEEN, SCROOGE, TUMBLEWEED ROUNDUP, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, BYE BYE BIRDIE, and SONGS FROM SHOWS YOU WILL NEVER SEE AT ARTISAN. She would like to thank her husband, Steve, and their three children, for their love and support, and especially God for all of the blessings and talents He has given to her.

Maddie MateerTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Maddie Mateer (Mary Poppins) is very excited to be part of MARY POPPINS. Maddie has been in professional works such as Charlotte in 13 THE MUSICAL, Ensemble in WEDDING SINGER, and Linelah in two pre-Broadway workshops of the musical SOUL DOCTOR. Maddie is a rising Junior at Texas Christian University, receiving her major in Musical Theatre and minor in Habilitation of the Deaf. Maddie plans to continue to pursue her love of ASL and musical theatre after college.

Seth MayTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Seth May (Von Hussler/Mr. Punch/Dance Ensemble) was last seen in Artisan’s production of SCROOGE as Young Ebeneezer. Many years before that he performed in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. He sends his love to his beautiful wife.

Christian McKeanMon/Fri/Sat-3


Christian McKean (Michael) is thrilled to be a part of MARY POPPINS. He has always been a character, but is new to the stage. He has enjoyed roles at the Artisan Theater including CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, ELF, and MADAGASCAR JR. When he is not acting, he enjoys drawing, writing, and playing with friends.

Alyssa MeekinsTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Alyssa Meekins (Bird Woman/Singing Ensemble) is thrilled to be on the Main Stage again! She is seventeen years old and sang in choirs for seven years. Her first and favorite role was Mrs. Potts in Artisan Children's Theater's production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. She would like to thank her parents, choir teachers, and piano teacher for her music education, and her best friends, Emma and Gretchen, for always encouraging her to pursue her dreams.

Jeannie MillerMon/Fri/Sat-3


Jeannie Miller (Mary Poppins) is a classical soprano pursuing her vocal performance degree at TCU. She has won several competitions, including the Classical Singer Competition, Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition, NATS, and National YoungArts Foundation. Jeannie has performed the roles of Mother in Menotti’s AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, Gretel in Humperdinck’s HANSEL AND GRETEL, and Laurie Moss in Copland’s THE TENDER LAND, as well as solos in Handel’s MESSIAH, Saint-Sean’s CHRISTMAS ORATORIO, and Nelson & Farrell’s SAVIOUR.

Tamera MillerMon/Fri/Sat-3


Tamera Miller (Bird Woman/Singing Ensemble) is very excited to be a part of MARY POPPINS. She has a lot of fun working at the Artisan, and has been in many productions here. Some of her favorite roles have been Morgan Le Fay in CAMELOT, Matilda in ALL SHOOK UP, and Vi Moore in FOOTLOOSE. Most recently, she appeared on stage in MY FAIR LADY. She would like to thank her mom, dad, and sister for all their love and support.

Travis MillerMon/Fri/Sat-3


Travis Miller (Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman/Singing Ensemble) is excited for the opportunity to work with this wonderful cast. This is his nineteenth production at Artisan Theater, appearing most recently in MY FAIR LADY. Travis appeared in the movie ‘Leap of Faith’ and is a veteran of the stage. Some of his favorite roles have been Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Jacob in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Daddy Warbucks in ANNIE, Benjamin Franklin in 1776, and Big Daddy in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.

Rita NsumbuTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Rita Nsumbu (Mrs. Banks) is a Fort Worth native with a BA in Music from Hardin-Simmons University. She is a two-time NATS semi-finalist and a two-time Great Plains winner. Rita has spent the last few years teaching piano and voice, and performing in the DFW. Rita's classical background has afforded her the opportunity to play in more classical theater shows such as THE SOUND OF MUSIC and now, MARY POPPINS. Currently, Rita is a member of the Dallas Symphony Chorus and is a commissioned singer at Royal Lane Baptist Church. In addition to her singing, Rita also collaborates with up-and-coming composers as a lyricist.

Jessica OlsonTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Jessica Olson (Miss Lark/Dance Ensemble) is thrilled to be participating in MARY POPPINS—her second show with Artisan. You might have seen her in MY FAIR LADY earlier this year, which was her first theatrical production since high school. She loves to sing, is mother to two blue-eyed children, and thinks everything in life is better with peanut butter.

David OttesonMon/Fri/Sat-3


David Otteson (Northbrook/Policeman/Dance Ensemblewas last seen in Artisan’s production of STATE FAIR as Lem in the quartet. His favorite roles/shows were Levi in JOSEPH … DREAMCOAT, Japeth in THE ARK, and Jacey Squires in THE MUSIC MAN. He is the proud father of seven, ranging in age from 24 to 2 years old. He would like to thank his wife, Susan, for her support.

Leora OttesonMon/Fri/Sat-3


Leora Otteson (Fannie/Mrs. Smythe/Dance Ensemble) is very excited to be involved in MARY POPPINS! Leora was last seen as Thing 2 in THE CAT IN THE HAT for Artisan Children’s Theater and Susie Squires in Artisan’s THE MUSIC MAN. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support.

Duncan ParkesTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Duncan Parkes (Park Keeper/Dance Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of MARY POPPINS! Duncan has had the joy of being in several Artisan Children’s Theater and Main Stage productions. Some of his favorites include Flat Top in STARLIGHT EXPRESS, Karl the Giant in BIG FISH, PINKIE AND BLUE, and YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT. Duncan thanks God, his parents, his directors, and the many teachers who have helped him along the way for this opportunity.

Fred PattersonTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Fred Patterson (Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman/Singing Ensemble) is honored and excited to make his Artisan debut in MARY POPPINS. His acting credits include PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at ONSTAGE in Bedford, where he played the part of Captain Scott, as well as performing at Hangman’s House of Horrors as the iconic Pa McDagen.

Sara Grace PrejeanTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Sara Grace Prejean (Dance Ensemble) is excited to return to Artisan’s Main Stage in MARY POPPINS. She was most recently seen in TITANIC THE CONCERT VERSION with Uptown Players in conjunction with the Turtle Creek Chorale. Other favorite roles include Mary Lennox in THE SECRET GARDEN, also at Artisan, and Ida in HONK, JR at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. She would like to thank the Blairs and her family for their support.

David PriddyTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


David Priddy (Mr. Banks) loves being part of MARY POPPINS. You may have seen him in BYE BYE BIRDIE, TOM SAWYER, STATE FAIR, or PIRATE QUEEN. He enjoys performing with his family. He ministers through FBC Hurst by singing in the choir and praise team, and directing the handbell choir. Someone close to you can change, but it may take time and love—both of which have magical properties.

Carrol SavageTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Carrol Savage (Robertson Aywas last seen in STARLIGHT EXPRESS and as the Childcatcher in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Carroll started performing at Artisan in Artie’s Playhouse many years ago and has literally grown up on the Artisan stage. Theater is his passion and as such one of his favorite parts was Shrek in SHREK THE MUSICAL. Married this last year to the former Abby Fritts, he is excited now to work with her in and on productions at Artisan (she is the stage manager for this production). He thanks his family and friends for their support in his endeavors.

Lauren SpharMon/Fri/Sat-3


Lauren Sphar (Doll/Dance Ensemble) is honored to be a part of this production. She enjoys performing on Artisan's Main Stage, Children's, and Second Stage theaters. Her favorite show has been BIG FISH. Lauren would like to thank Amy, for taking a chance on her and inspiring her to like dance, and her best friends, Nicole, Catherine, Piper, Madie, and Hope, for making the theater her second home. If you would like to congratulate Lauren on her performance, daffodils are accepted.

Kimberly SypertTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Kimberly Sypert (Mrs. Brill) is excited to be returning to Artisan’s stage (but this time with her kids) after swashbuckling in THE PIRATE QUEEN. Her favorite part of her role is getting to use a cockney accent!

River SypertTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


River Sypert (Dance Ensemble) This is River's first show ever! He is excited to share the stage with his mother and sister in his first show ever! River has always loved the ‘Mary Poppins’ movie, and is thrilled to be in this exciting production.

Soleil SypertTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Soleil Sypert (Dance Ensemble) is excited to be sharing the stage with her mother and younger brother. She has previously performed in Artisan summer camp productions as Stepsister in CINDERELLA and Alleycat in ARISTOCATS. She previously sang in the Irving Children's Choir and currently sings in her elementary choir. Soleil would like to thank Mrs. G. for giving her a chance in her first musical, ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

Hope TaylorTue/Thu/Sat-7:30


Hope Taylor (Fannie/Mrs. Smythe/Dance Ensemble) has previously performed in BYE BYE BIRDIE on Artisan's Main Stage. She has also been in several shows on Artisan's Children's stage, including her favorite roles; Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and Pinkie in PINKIE AND BLUE. She would like to thank Ben and Lauren for all of their awesomeness!

John TillmanMon/Fri/Sat-3


John Tillman (BertNot only is John Steppin’ in Time, he’s stepping back in time repeating last summer’s much-loved role as Bert. John is a multiple award-winning director and actor, including a Column Award (Best Actor Non-Equity for Richard Hannay—THE 39 STEPS). Other favorites are Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS, Terk in TARZAN, Anatoly in CHESS, Lloyd Dallas in NOISES OFF, Don Lockwood in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Jesus in GODSPELL, Benedick in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and Harold Hill in MUSIC MAN. John can be seen in the feature film ‘Cut to the Chase,’ and heard as the voice of many characters on the ‘How It Should Have Ended’ YouTube channel. Read more about John at and follow his adventures on twitter @jtillhuman. John blows a lucky kiss to the chimney sweep who swept him off his feet, Melissa.

Melissa TillmanSINGLE CAST


Melissa Tillman (Mrs. Corry/Katie Nanna/Dance Ensembleis an accomplished actor, choreographer, and crafter. She has appeared as Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS, Sr. Robert Anne in NUNSENSE, Svetlana in CHESS, Flannery in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Lucy in ...CHARLIE BROWN, and in the regional premieres of PERFECT WEDDING, THE ARK, and DISNEY’S TARZAN. Ask about her practically perfect tape measures and find her MbellishLife store on Etsy. She blows John Tillman a kiss for luck!

Mason ValesMon/Fri/Sat-3


Mason Vales (Park Keeper/Dance Ensemble) is excited to be performing in his third Main Stage production. You may recall seeing him in STARLIGHT EXPRESS and SCROOGE THE MUSICAL. He has previously enjoyed his roles with the Children’s Theater in PINKIE AND BLUE, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, CAT IN THE HAT, THE LITTLE MERMAID, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, MADAGASCAR, JR., and SEUSSICAL, JR. He would like to thank his ACT mentors and fellow ACT friends for their friendships and support.

Marla A. SchulzMarla A. Schulz (Director/Choreographer) began her theatrical and music education at Casa Manana and the Texas Girls Choir. After graduating from Boswell High School, she travelled to Illinois where she got her BFA in musical theater from Southern Illinois University. From there, Marla has had the pleasure to work as a director and choreographer for various theaters and films across the country. Some of her favorite past productions include: GODSPELL (FIERCE: Musical Theater), the Off-Broadway premier of A PIE RAT’S TALE (Three Act Theatre), NEXT TO NORMAL (Shots in the Dark, Inc.), Motif Awards Opening Performance (Walt Disney Concert Hall), and CLYBOURNE PARK (Southern Illinois University). Marla is also continuing her education at the University of Colorado, Boulder, by pursuing an MFA in Dance. Her research focuses on the function of dance as a storytelling element in musical theater, and its ability to break down cultural and emotional barriers. She is extremely excited to be back in her hometown, even if it's just for a few months, to put up a magical production of MARY POPPINS. She plans on bringing​​ her knowledge and enthusiasm for musical theater as well as some Texas heart to the summer show!
Abby SavageAbby Savage (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of MARY POPPINS. This is her first time stage managing a Main Stage show. However, she has stage managed several Children's Theater shows. Her favorites include SHREK THE MUSICAL and THE LITTLE MERMAID. Abby would like to thank her friends and family for being so supportive, and her Heavenly Father for making all this possible.
Wendy Searcy-WoodeWendy Searcy-Woode (Scenic & Set Designer) is in her second season as the Scenic Design/Build Director here at Artisan Center Theater. Wendy designed and built all the Artisan Main Stage sets for 2016 season including, STATE FAIR, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, BYE BYE BIRDIE, BIG FISH, FOREVER PLAID, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, among others. For the Children’s Theater, she designed sets for THE CAT IN THE HAT, THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and others. With 25 years of theatre experience on and off the stage, she brings her passion and is completely grateful to be doing what she loves most. She would like to thank her family for their continued love and support.