Grades 3 - 10

Behind the Scenes: Mary Poppins Jr.

Registration Fee:

February 25th - May 3rd
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 5:30pm - 7:30pm 
​Tech Week: April 27th - April 30th

Performances: May 1st, 2nd & 3rd


Crew members will have the opportunity to build the technical aspects of our upcoming Junior Ensemble production of Mary Poppins: including costumes, props and scenic elements.  Participants in our tech program will meet during Tuesday rehearsals and will also serve as backstage crew members during tech week and performances.


The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again.  Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it." Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers.

Parent Meeting 

Tuesday, February 25th at 5:30pm

Parent Meeting:

Parents: We are asking you to join us for a brief information session at the start of our first tech class on Tuesday, February 25th.  During this session we will be able to answer any questions you have about the rehearsal/performance process, update you on some changes we are making to the program, and introduce you to our instructors.  The information session shouldn't last more than 15 minutes.

If you have questions, please email Kate Mellitz or Adele Jones at

Rehearsal Information: 

What to Bring to Rehearsals:

  • Script (to be handed out at the first rehearsal)

  • Pencil

  • Water bottle

  • Snack (we will take a snack break every rehearsal)

  • Clothes you do not mind getting dirty 

  • Footwear with closed-toes & secure heels that would be safe to build sets in


Rehearsal Location:
Rehearsals will take place in our Rehearsal Space on 18 Graf Road, Newburyport, MA 01950


  • You’ll enter the building through the first double glass doors on left - we’ll be there to guide you on the first day!

  • You may park anywhere on the right side of the building. 

  • Please proceed behind the building to exit as the parking lot is one way. 

  • You may arrive to rehearsals up to 15 minutes early - we will be starting on time for each rehearsal, so please do whatever you need in order to be prompt :)

tech rehearsals/Performances:


Tech Rehearsals: 

Monday, April 27th - Thursday April 30th from 5pm - 8pm

Tech rehearsals are mandatory.  Please make sure your calendar is clear for those 4 days as full participation is crucial to the success of the show! More information about tech week will be shared with the cast, crew and parents throughout the rehearsal process.


Friday, May 1st at 7pm

Saturday, May 2nd at 10am & 2pm

Sunday, May 3rd at 10am & 2pm


Cast and Crew will be required to report to the theater 1.5 hours prior to the show.  Cast and Crew are expected to remain in the theater between shows on Saturday and Sunday. Our cast party will take place on Saturday, May 2nd in between our performances.   More information will be sent out to the cast, crew and parents about our performance days throughout the rehearsal process.

All tech rehearsals and shows will be at the Firehouse Center for the Arts Theater.

Show Information Sheet

Want to keep this information handy, download our show information sheet below.   A more detailed calendar and additional information will be provided at the parent information sessions on Tuesday, February 25th.

Project Sparx, the Educational Program at the Firehouse Center for the Arts

The Firehouse Center for the Arts (Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities of Greater Newburyport) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our federal tax id number is 04-2649373.

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Firehouse Center for the Arts

1 Market Square
Newburyport, MA 01950

Firehouse Rehearsal Space

18 Graf Road
Newburyport, MA 01950