Mary Poppins

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Riverside Theatres Presents Packemin Productions Production of Disney and Cameron Macintosh's

Mary Poppins

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 24 July - 08 August 2015

The Broadway Musical

Practically Perfect

Brilliantly adapted from the beloved books by Australia’s own P.L.Travers and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, let your imagination take flight as you step into the magical world of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins.

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 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 she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”

With some of the most unforgettable songs of all time including Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Feed the Birds, A Spoonful of Sugar and Chim Chim Che-ree, Mary Poppins is a musical that will charm the whole family. Featuring stunning choreography, sets and costumes, this brand new production by Packemin Productions will be an extraordinary theatrical event.

A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY).

Starring Penny McNamee (Wicked, The Witches of Eastwick) as Mary Poppins, Shaun Rennie (Cats, Mamma Mia, Fiddler on the Roof) as Bert, Sam Moran (The Wiggles, Play Along with Sam) as George Banks and Kate Maree Hoolihan (We Will Rock You, Little Women, The Boy from Oz) as Winifred Banks.

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Dates & Times:
Friday 24 July at 11am (INCLUDING Q&A) 
Friday 24 July at 7:30pm
Saturday 25 July at 2pm 

Saturday 25 July at 7:30pm 
Sunday 26 July 3pm 

Wednesday 29 July at 7:30pm 
Thursday 30 July at 7:30pm 
Friday 31 July at 7:30pm
Saturday 1 August at 2pm (AUDIO DESCRIBED) 
Saturday 1 August at 7:30pm 
Sunday 2 August at 11am
Sunday 2 August at 4pm

Wednesday 5 August 7:30pm – seats with restricted view only
Thursday 6 August 7:30pm – seats with restricted view only and a few single seats only available
Friday 7 August 7:30pm (AUSLAN INTERPRETED) –seats with restricted view only
Saturday 8 August 2pm – Sold Out
Saturday 8 August at 7:30pm – seats with restricted view only

To receive a season package, simply complete the booking form on page 39 of our 2015 Season Brochure. To request a 2015 Season Brochure please call Box Office on 8839 3399 or email

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PackeminProductions Riverside

Neil Gooding

Musical Director:
Peter Hayward

Camilla Jakimowicz

Penny McNamee as Mary Poppins (Wicked, Salem’s Lot, The Witches of Eastwick)
Shaun Rennie as Bert (Cats, Mamma Mia, Fiddler on the Roof)
Sam Moran as George Banks (The Wiggles, Play Along with Sam)
Kate Maree Hoolihan as Winifred Banks (We Will Rock You, Little Women, The Boy from Oz)



$25 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)
Schools – Please download and fill out the booking form


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

Mary Poppins Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail:
Mail: Jodie Benbrook, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.


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Penny McNamee

penny180x200Penny McNamee is one of Australia’s brightest rising stars of stage and screen. On stage, Penny originated the role of Nessarose in the Australian premier production of Wicked, for which she won the 2009 Green Room Award. She originated the role of Jennifer Gabriel in Cameron Mackintoch’s Australian production of The Witches of Eastwick for which she was nominated for a Mo Award.  Penny was also part of the critically acclaimed cast of the David Rabe play Hurlyburly for the Griffin Theatre.

Penny’s screen credits include the role of Hope in the Steven Speilberg/Tom Hanks mini-series The Pacific, Ruth Crockett in Stephen King’s mini-series Salem’s Lot, Melissa in the Lionsgate film See No Evil and Carol in John Duigan’s latest feature film, Careless Love. She has had numerous guest roles in Australian series such as All Saints, White Collar Blue, Headland and Satisfaction.

Penny lived in New York from 2011-2014 and was quickly cast in numerous television roles including Elizabeth Berg in Political Animals for the USA network, Vivian Tully in Elementary for CBS and Marie Grasso in Blue Bloods, also for CBS.

During her time in New York, she landed the lead role of Jerusha Abbott in Paul Gordon and John Caird’s new musical Daddy Long Legs, based on Jean Webster’s 1912 novel. The musical is bound for Broadway later this year. She also created the lead role of Jenny as part of a Playwrights Horizon Workshop for the new musical Rocket Science, based on the 2007 HBO film.

Shaun Rennie

shaun180x200Shaun trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia.

Shaun is thrilled to once again be working with Packemin Productions following his stint as Assistant Director to Neil Gooding on The Phantom of the Opera. He is also very thrilled to be returning to the role of Bert after having played the role for Freerain Theatre Company’s production of Mary Poppins in Canberra earlier this year.

He has just returned from Korea and Singapore where he played Munkustrap in CATS, a role he has enjoyed a long association with.

Other Australian and UK Credits include; Teen Angel/Vince Fontaine in Grease (Ljubljana Festival, Slovenia), Rock in But I’m A Cheerleader (workshop, UK) directed by Jerry Mitchell, Burke in the UK premiere of the Australian musical Once We Lived Here directed by Dean Bryant, Lovebites (The Hayes Theatre, Sydney), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Australia/Asia Pacific Tour), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Parade Theatre, Sydney), Chris in The Lunch Hour (Darlinghurst Theatre), Doris Day – So Much More Than The Girl Next Door (Sydney Opera House), Sing on Through Tomorrow (Neil Gooding Productions), George in She Loves Me (Neglected Musicals), Munkustrup in CATS (Australia/Asia Pacific Tour), Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof (Australia Tour), Pepper in Mamma Mia! (Original Australian Cast), Sir Lionel in Camelot (The Production Company) and Max in Look it’s a Bird, Its a Plane, Its Superman! (Neglected Musicals).

Workshops include: The Hatpin and The Windows Project.

In 2003 Shaun won the Sydney Cabaret Convention. This led to a year living and performing in New York City and ultimately to a Manhattan Association of Cabaret (MAC) Nomination for Best Male Debut.

For the past 10 years Shaun was the Producer and Artistic Director of Light the Night, an Annual Benefit Concert for Leukaemia research. Shaun was also Co-Director on A Christmas Carol (Tabard Theatre, London), and Resident Director on Once We Lived Here (Kings Head Theatre, London). Later this year, Shaun will direct the Pulitzer Prize winning play I Am My Own Wife at the Old Fitz Theatre, Woolloomooloo.

Kate Maree Hoolihan

kate-180x200Australian audiences fell in love with Kate Maree during her tenure as ‘Scaramouche’ in the worldwide musical hit, We Will Rock You, which launched her as one of Australia’s up and coming leading ladies.

Kate Maree began her adult performing life as a student of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, performing a variety of lead roles including Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along, Ruby Slocum in Nick Enright’s Summer Rain, Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and also Cassandra in the Greek Tragedy Agamemnon.

Graduating in 2000, Kate Maree was barely out the door before being asked to join the original cast of the smash hit musical, Mamma Mia, as understudy to the lead role of Sophie, which she performed numerous times.

Since leaving Mamma Mia, Kate Maree took to working on her own personal projects and performed her first solo Cabaret show What If…? at the Side-On Cafe in Sydney, with Eddie Perfect (Offspring, Shane Warne – The Musical), as her partner in crime. She was also a guest vocalist for Beats Per Minute at the Sydney Opera House.

She has been seen on our TV screens performing on Good Morning Australia, Mornings with Kerri-Anne, Sunrise, and Carols in the Domain, among others, and also had a feature role in the premiere episode of Medical Defence Australia for the ABC.

Kate Maree’s role as Scaramouche in We Will Rock You saw her earn a Green Room Award nomination and win a prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Musical. Since then she has been singled out with many other nominations including a Sydney Theatre Award nod for her role as Jo March in Little Women, working alongside Judi Connelli as Aunt March. She earned brilliant reviews for this piece and has said it was one of her most challenging roles to date.

Kate Maree completed her tenure with We Will Rock You in 2005 and took some time off to work on her original music. But she was lured back to the stage in 2006 to perform alongside Hugh Jackman in The Boy from Oz – The Arena Spectacular, which toured nationally.

Not content with conquering only one role from We Will Rock You, Kate Maree then took up with the company once more, this time heading to Japan to take on the other tour de force role of Oz, the female bohemian leader.

In 2007, she played it straight in three plays including being cast as the role of Gabby in Unrequited at the Newtown Theatre.

Her most recent role to date was performing at the Sydney Opera House alongside Anthony Warlow and Sigrid Thornton reprising her role as Petra in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, commissioned by Opera Australia and directed by the legendary Stuart Maunder.

Sam Moran

sam180x200A true star of children’s entertainment, Sam Moran is one of the most recognised faces on the family television landscape with a 15 year career as a children’s entertainer.

He is currently the face of NickJr with his show, Play Along With Sam, which has been nominated for ASTRA and Logie Awards for Most Outstanding Children’s Program.  The first two albums for Play Along with Sam debuted at #1 and #2 on the Australian iTunes Children’s Charts and top 10 internationally and were nominated for two successive ARIA Awards.

He continues to write, record and film new episodes for the show and is planning a 2nd national tour in late 2015.

Sam is most familiar to older audiences as the former Yellow Wiggle. From 2006, he toured the world extensively for over 5 years as the lead singer of The Wiggles, recording duets with Kylie Minogue, Keith Urban and Leo Sayer. Several World tours followed including all of North America, Asia, The Middle East as well as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, including iconic venues like New York’s Madison Square Garden.

He has been recognised with an Honourary Doctorate from Macquarie University, 5 ARIA Awards for Most Outstanding Children’s Album and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2012.  His international reputation was also acknowledged when he presented at the 2013 International Children’s Emmy Awards in New York.

Aside from his work in children’s entertainment, Sam unveiled his first solo project for adult fans with the album, ‘The Colour of Love’ through Sony Music in 2010.

Audiences may be surprised to learn that prior to Children’s Entertainment, Sam’s background was in Musical Theatre and classical voice, having studied classical voice under Robert Allman AM OBE at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, while studying Music Education. His love for musical theatre began after playing the role of Winthrop in The Music Man at the age of 10 and has since been in productions of Sunday in the Park with George (Australian Premiere), Sweeney Todd, Seven Little Australians and Evie and the Birdman (Cast Recording).

After a 15 year musical theatre absence, Sam appeared as the Guest Star in Packemin Youth’s 2015 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in the role of Jacob.

I had such a great time working with the whole Packemin family that when the opportunity to play Mr Banks came up, I couldn’t wait to jump straight back in.”

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