Mary Poppins

December 18 - January 3
Buskirk-Chumley Theater


Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny soars into Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley Theater for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious holiday musical adventure!

A blend of the classic Disney musical and P. L. Travers’ beloved book series, Mary Poppins is the tale of a whimsical nanny who inspires the family of Jane and Michael Banks through song and magic!  Includes the timeless classics Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Spoonful of Sugar and the Academy Award-winning Chim-Chim Cher-ee!

Age Recommendation: 4+
Run Time: 2 hrs, 30 mins
Show Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater



  • is Cardinal’s 2015 family holiday production! Past holiday shows include Shrek the MusicalWilly WonkaThe Wizard of OzAnnieTreasure IslandSound of Music, and A Year with Frog and Toad.
  • was written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes!
  • originally delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
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    Elaine Cotter (Mary Poppins)

    stars Indiana University BFA senior Elaine Cotter as Mary Poppins in her Cardinal Stage debut!

  • features New York-based actor Reid Henderson as Bert, Mary’s long-time friend and confidant.
  • features Chicago-based actor Steven Strattford as Mr. Banks.
  • features Bloomington’s own Maria Walker as Mrs. Banks, along with local child actors Avery Njau and Lucia Walker as Jane Banks, and Callum Miles and Ian Shaw sharing the role of Michael Banks.
  • highlights the magnificent choreography from Cardinal’s resident choreographer, Diane Buzzell!
  • has a gorgeous and grand set by IU Faculty Emeritus of the Opera Studies Department, David Higgins.