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Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers' beloved book character, transitioned from film to stage in 2004, when writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and musical team Robert and Richard Sherman debuted their adaptation in London's West End.  Mary Poppins is the Kalamazoo Civic's holiday offering this year, opening on November 20th. 

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The Kalamazoo Civic will open its 87th season with the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Evita, which is based on the true-life story of Eva Perón, whose rise from the slums of Buenos Aires to First Lady of Argentina is the stuff of high drama. Abbey Brooks, who was cast in the lead role of Eva Peron, will be sharing the role on alternating weekends with another actor, Hannah Hesseltine. The roles of both Eva and Che have been double-cast due to their vocal demands.

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With Gershwin's timeless dance tunes and a fresh, funny story to tie them together, Crazy For You marked the reclaiming of the American musical from the Brits when it debuted in 1992. Crazy For You is director Ben Zylman's swan song as a staff member of the Kalamazoo Civic.

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Director Nicki Poer and Ben Zylman talk to Cara Lieurance about the Kalamazoo Civic's production of Shrek: The Musical, which runs through December 14th.

Ms. Poer says the cast has a remarkable level of camaraderie, and large and small roles alike provide a moments to shine. As an experienced director of children's theater, Ms. Poer shares some advice for first-time actors, and says she thinks the story of Shrek provides a message that resonates with all ages. 

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On Friday, Misti Ryefield and Kathleen Robertson of Grand Rapids will interpret for the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre's production of My Fair Lady. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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