The rights to MARY POPPINS are officially available via Music Theatre International. Based on a combination of the original novel and Disney’s cinematic adaptation, the theatrical medium was penned by Julian Fellowes, with the score coming from the much-acclaimed Sherman Bothers, Richard and Robert. The Sherman brothers retained all of your favorite musical numbers from the movie, while Fellowes added in a little English charm of his own. Since the show opened in 2006, it has graced over 2,000 theatrical venues throughout the world. Now, you can share this popular tale on your stage. Our Creative Team began developing our package of MARY POPPINS backdrops this summer in anticipation of the release. We are pleased to announce that our package is releasing right now and is ready to support all of your supercalifragilisticexpialidocious needs, scene by scene.
Grand Victorian Row Homes Backdrop
The opening scene of the show features everyone’s favorite chimney sweep, Bert, taking a stroll down Cherry Tree Lane, home of the affluent Banks family. Our Grand Victorian Row Homes backdrop was developed to assist in setting this, and other, key scenes in the production. Featuring cheerfully colored and architecturally correct Victorian era housing, this drop gives you a hint of the stylized interpretations of MARY POPPINS, while still maintaining a realistic feel. Aside from the opening of the production, this drop could easily be used to support any of the other scenes in the script that take place at the Banks’ residence.
Victorian Park Backdrop
No package of MARY POPPINS backdrops would be complete without a proper park. In Act I, Mary brings the Banks children to their local park, where they first meet Bert. Our Director’s Roundtable recommends using your actors that will become dancing statues for the musical number, Jolly Holiday in place of set pieces along with our Victorian Park backdrop to set this scene. If you are seeking a realistic portrayal of the show, then this is the only drop that you will need for your park scenes. If you want to be a bit more stylized, the Victorian Park can be switched out for our Daisies and Flowered Grass backdrop for the performance of Jolly Holiday, as many Directors have decided to adjust their sets during the musical number to better mimic the cartoon sequence from Disney’s movie. As for the park scenes in Act II, our lifelike Victorian Park is precisely what the script calls for.
Victorian Bedroom Backdrop
Our Victorian Bedroom backdrop was also developed to accommodate multiple scenes in MARY POPPINS. Designed in tandem with our Grand Victorian Row Homes, this backdrop accurately depicts the interior of a Victorian era home with a combination of pink and cream hues. The amount of furniture that was painted into the drop is limited by design. This allows you to utilize a single backdrop for every scene that takes place inside of the Banks residence. Your choice of set pieces will transform this interior into a parlor, living room, and bedroom as needed throughout the script, while keeping your budget in mind. If you have a different vision for the Banks home or would like to change between backdrops for each scene that takes place there, we invite you to search our collection of interior backdrops. It contains scenic options such as a Victorian era parlor, as well as a wealth of unique mansion interiors.
Bank Interior Backdrop
As is a theme with MARY POPPINS, your stage will play host to Mr. Banks’ workplace in both acts. To accommodate these scenes, our Creative Team toiled to develop a scenic option that embodies the opulence and wealth that Fellowes intentionally wrote into the book for the show. Laden with shining marble, shimmering gold, and a gorgeous chandelier, our Bank Interior backdrop provides the vast majority of the imagery necessary for both scenes. Simple set pieces, such as a desk and chair, are all that are needed to support the portions of the storyline that take place in the bank.
Olde Time Candy Shoppe Backdrop
Our soon to be released Olde Time Candy Shoppe backdrop will take you straight to Mrs. Corry’s magical store for your production’s rendition of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Designed to accurately portray an early 1900’s candy shoppe, this drop will give your cast all of the scenery that they need to purchase their “ounce of conversation.” Stay tuned, as our Creative Team is poised to release the final drop in our MARY POPPINS collection very soon. While we love this drop for this scene, many Directors choose to seek out scenic elements reminiscent of a European street, such as our Old World Town Square or Victorian Street With Snowdust. This is done in order to accommodate the scene discussed here and the one that precedes it featuring the infamous Bird Woman.
London Rooftops Backdrop
Our London Rooftops backdrop supports one of the most recognizable scenes in MARY POPPINS. Inspired by imagery from touring productions, and given a substantial TheatreWorld twist, this drop depicts a stylized vision of London’s skyline, complete with an abundance of chimneys and a truly gorgeous full moon. Many Lighting Directors opt to focus several different colors of stage lights on the drop and switch between the hues as the cast performs Step in Time. With your chorus decked out as chimney sweeps alongside Mary, Bert, Jane and Michael, the scenic needs of this scene are relatively simple to meet.
With so many settings, Directors have a myriad of options when it comes to selecting the right backdrops for MARY POPPINS. Truthfully speaking, there is no “right” choice. While our Creative Team has developed a show package that spans all of the key scenes, it is your vision that will ultimately dictate your scenery. We hope that this article helps you to begin tackling set design. Regardless of how you picture the show, TheatreWorld has just the backdrop that you are in search of.