Cultural Arts Center Charleston stages a Junior Apprentice performance of beloved classic Mary Poppins

by Lorne Chambers | Editor

The endless treasure that is Mary Poppins continues to inspire and motivate us all to use our imaginations. And this month, West Ashley’s newest arts venue, Cultural Arts Center Charleston, located inside the Citadel Mall, will stage the classic story of the magical nanny. The cast is made up of 24 local youth actors, singers, and dancers as they take the audience on a delightful jolly holiday.

Mary Poppins the music is based on the 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson, which was inspired by P. L. Travers’s book series by the same name. The title character, played by the legendary Julie Andrews in the film,  visits a dysfunctional family in London who employs her unique brand of lifestyle to improve the family’s dynamic.

Actress Lauren Mummert, who plays Mary Poppins, is a Junior Apprentice studying under CACC’s Artistic Director Kirk Pfeiffer. West Of had a chance to chat with Mummert about her bringing this iconic role to life on CACC’s stage.

West Of Free Press: How long have you been doing theatre?

Lauren Mummert: I have been doing theatre since I was around seven, so this is my tenth year of performing.

WOFP: What is the favorite role you’ve played and how does it compare to Mary Poppins?

LM: My favorite role I’ve ever played is Morticia Addams in The Addams Family. Obviously, Mary Poppins and Morticia are strong contrasts as characters but they still have more similarities than one would think. They both care deeply about those around them. They don’t wear their emotions on their sleeves, but that means it’s so much more fascinating when we’re given a chance to understand how they really feel.

WOFP: What makes Mary Poppins story so special?

LM: I believe Mary Poppin’s has so much to teach everyone, from young children to the oldest adult. She teaches us to show kindness to those we would normally dismiss. She shows us the importance of hard work and perseverance but explains how we should never let our work overcome our love for the people around us.

WOFP: How has your experience been with the cast?

LM: Every single child in this cast has blown me away with their talent. They are always in a good mood and always ready to share their talents with the world and the rest of the company. They are always so excited to learn new things and are prepared to work hard every day. They have been such a joy to work with and have made getting into the mindset of Mary Poppins so much easier.

Cultural Arts Center Charleston’s Junior Apprentice program will stage nine performances, including one sensory-friendly performance. The show is suitable for children ages 4 and up.

Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 5 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. 

(Sensory Friendly performance in partnership with Lowcountry Autism Foundation)

Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 12 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase online at or at the box office. Tickets range in price from $12 to $30.

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