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When the hit Broadway musical “Mary Poppins” takes flight, she will be supported by some of the best hoofers in the area. The University of Southern Mississippi’s Dixie Darlings will bring their exceptional dance skills to the grand reopening of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium, Feb. 26 – March 1, 2015.
The Southern Miss School of Music, in partnership with Forrest General Hospital, is pleased to present this exceptional cast and welcome the Dixie Darlings to the Poppins family.
“To be a part of something so iconic will be thrilling.” Said Tracy Smith, director of the Dixie Darlings. “We have many performance opportunities each year, but I chose this one because of Southern Miss’ tradition of excellence in the Fine Arts and because it is a Disney favorite that spans so many generations. I want my students to have the chance to participate in a production as extraordinary as Mary Poppins."
The cherished Disney film has been reimagined into a spectacular new musical, with a book by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes. Featuring all of the unforgettable songs of the beloved movie, plus brand-new breathtaking musical numbers and spectacular effects, “Mary Poppins” takes both children and adults alike on a magical musical adventure.
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Kevin GilbertKevin Gilbert '94, '96 serves as president for the Mississippi Association of Educators.