Last night the Gas Lamp Players presented Mary Poppins, in a elaborate production with full orchestra. My 11 year old granddaughter Zoe Gelman played the demanding role of Jane Banks. Needless to say Zoe was a hit with me before she took the stage. However her ability to become a proper, tame, English accented daughter really amazed me as it did her parents. Zoe off stage is a high-spirited, intelligent, bubbly, animated young lady and changing into that subdued character really impressed me. I was her piano teacher for a while and was aware of her quick mind and memorization facility, so it was no surprise to see her learn the music and dialogue in a few short weeks. More impressive was the ability of director Corinna Sowers Adler, music director Kristy Graves, and choreographer Lisa Grimes to put on such a lavish production incorporating a group of older experienced actors alongside talented youngsters new to the stage. New York City is a short distance from Glen Ridge, N.J. and Broadway need have no concern about future ticket buyers and it’s supply of new talent. Gas Lamp is generating lots of theatre enthusiasts. Now if they could just do Hamilton so I could get Zoe’s house seats everything would be perfect.
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