Desert Theatreworks presents Mary Poppins at at the Indio Performing Arts Center

Desert Theatreworks presents Mary Poppins! She’s practically perfect for the holidays!

at the Indio Performing Arts Center December 6 – December 22, 2019.

Show Description:

She’s practically perfect in every way! Get ready for Mary Poppins to fly over the rooftops of London and onto the stage of Desert Theatreworks! This holiday musical, winner of 44 major theatre awards from around the globe, has captivated audiences for generations, and now the enchanting story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking production numbers will dazzle and delight theatergoers of all ages. Believe in the magic and discover a world where anything can happen if you let it!

Saturday December 14 2:00PM
Saturday December 14 7:30PM
Sunday December 15 2:00PM
Thursday December 19 7:30PM
Friday December 20 7:30PM
Saturday December 21 2:00PM
Saturday December 21 7:30PM
Sunday December 22 2:00PM



One of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time is capturing hearts at Desert Theatreworks as practically perfect this holiday season! This ravishing musical is based on the similarly titled Mary Poppins children’s books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film, in a fusion of various elements from the two, including songs from the film. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Walt Disney Theatrical.

In 1993, theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh met P. L. Travers and acquired the rights to develop a stage play adaptation of her Mary Poppins books. She only agreed to a stage production as long as the creators were all English, and no one who had worked on the Disney film adaptation. She passed away in 1996. In 2001, Mackintosh and Thomas Schumacher, head of Disney Theatrical, opened talks on a possible collaboration, so that the stage play would be able to use the songs from the Disney film. With both sides committed, a preliminary outline of the show was written in 2002.

Around this time, songwriters George Stiles and Anthony Drewe heard about the project, and independently wrote a demo version of a new introductory song for the character of Mary, titled “Practically Perfect”. They submitted the song to Mackintosh, and due to his positive response, were officially brought on to the creative team. Julian Fellowes was brought on to write the show’s script because of his “clear understanding of the social niceties of the English class system that prevailed in the Edwardian era”. An experienced production team

was then assembled, including Sir Richard Eyre, multi award-winning director of film, theatre and opera; and Bob Crowley, a theatre designer who has six Tony Awards for various Broadway productions.

Cameron Mackintosh’s stage adaptation of Mary Poppins had its world premiere at the Bristol Hippodrome starting with previews from September 15, 2004, before officially opening on September 18 for a limited engagement until November 6. The production then moved to the Prince Edward Theatre on December 15, 2004, making it the only Disney musical to have premiered in the UK. The role of Mary was played by Laura Michelle Kelly, who subsequently won the 2005 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the role, and the role of Bert was played by Gavin Lee. A Broadway production with a near-identical creative team opened in November 2006, with only minor changes from the West End version. It received seven Tony nominations, including Best Musical, and won for Best Scenic Design in a Musical. The original Broadway production closed in March 2013, after 2,619 performances.

Now the latest production of Mary Poppins is coming to our Coachella Valley only at Desert Theatreworks’ Main Stage!

About the Production:

Rebecca Havely directs the talents of Michelle Mendoza, James Owens, Hank Binnie, Brayden Gravdahl, Tess Phillips-Martinez, Miracle Franco, Michael Pacas, Katrina Dixon, Audrey Liebross, JB Tennessen, Daniela Ryan, Michael Hamlin, Miguel Arroyo, Rev Ron Meyer, Laurie Holmes, Jessica Schuler, Priscilla Barrios, Cheyenne Pennington, Trevin Ortega, Victoria Mendoza, Allie Mendoza, Karen Schmitt, Aubrey Clardie, Landen Sterling, Viviana Terriquez, Violet Feath, Bryce Izurieta, Jeremiah Woods.


Director Rebecca Havely says, “I’m so excited to get into the wonder world of Mary Poppins. I’m hoping to help create magical moments with this musical that audiences of all ages will cherish. Poppins is a childhood favorite movie of mine and I’m so happy its been adapted for the stage. “Step in Time” is a favorite number from the film, it seems to sweep you away to a secret place high above the city, where sweeps do a balancing act over chimneys and sloping rooftops, with ease. I hope to recreate that feeling for DTW audiences. In fact, I hope to create as many magical moments as possible throughout the production so that it has the quality of escaping into a child’s imagination.”

– Rebecca Havely Director of Mary Poppins

“Disney’s Mary Poppins (the film) has always been an annual holiday favorite.” Says Artistic Director Lance Phillips-Martinez. “The stage musical keeps all the magic of the original film with new material that will dazzle our audience and inspire a whole new generation of theatregoers.”

– Lance Phillips Martinez Artistic Director


Dec 15 2019 - Dec 23 2019


(Reserved Seating) $32 General Admission $30 Senior/Military $25 18 and Under

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45175 Fargo Street, Indio, CA, USA


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