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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727

February 20, 2018

College of the Ozarks theatre and music students present spring musical, “Mary Poppins,” March 2-5

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The College of the Ozarks theatre and music students will perform “Mary Poppins” on March 2, 3, and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and March 4 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will take place in the Jones Auditorium on the campus of College of the Ozarks.

Ticket prices are as follows: adults $15, senior citizens $13, students (non C of O) $13, and children $11. To purchase tickets, call the theatre department at (417) 690-2626.

“Mary Poppins” is a magical story about transformation,” said Lisa Young, associate professor of theatre. “It embraces the idea that people can change for the better, and sometimes it takes very little to make a difference in other lives.”


The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces audiences 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 are not the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises, “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Cast and crew

·         Director & Choreographer, Lisa Young, associate professor of theatre

·         Music Director/ Conductor, Dr. John Cornish, assistant professor of music

·         Set/Lighting Design, Mark Young, professor of theatre


·         Mary Poppins, performed by Annie Ashwell, freshman musical theatre major from Joplin, Missouri

·         Jane Banks, performed by Jessica Barber, School of the Ozarks

·         Teddy Bear, performed by Lucas Dahlgren, 2017 College of the Ozarks graduate

·         Policeman, performed by Jordan Bryant, junior vocal music education major from Pryor, Oklahoma

·         Miss Lark, performed by Lydia Burnett, senior vocal music education major from Bolivar, Missouri

·         Doll, performed by Ashton Catron, sophomore vocal music education major from Joplin, Missouri

·         Neleus, performed by Phoenix Constantino, freshman speech and theatre education major from Topeka, Kansas

·         Annie, performed by Claire Cornish, Branson Elementary School

·         George Banks, performed by Matthew Cummings, senior mathematics major from Branson, Missouri

·         Miss Smythe, performed by Melissa Davis, senior theatre psychology major from Forsyth, Missouri

·         Park Keeper and Von Hussler, performed by Aaron DeOrnellis, sophomore musical theatre major from Hollister, Missouri

·         Robertson Ay, performed by Riley Eggebraaten, junior vocal performance major from Bella Vista, Arkansas

·         Winnifred Banks, performed by Anna-Sophia Henry, junior human and molecular biology major from Bel Aire, Kansas

·         Miss Andrew, performed by Natalie Hensarling, senior musical theatre and marketing major from Olathe, Kansas 

·         John Northbrook, performed by Isaac Houser, sophomore criminal justice major from LaVale, Maryland

·         Mrs. Corry, performed by Sierra Johnson, senior musical theatre major from Hollister, California 

·         Admiral Boom and Bank Chairman, performed by Bob Jorash, senior English major from Memphis, Tennessee

·         Katie Nanna, performed by Addison Keys, sophomore vocal performance major from Warsaw, Missouri

·         Valentine, performed by Jonathan Kirkland, senior musical theatre major from Monett, Missouri

·         Bird Woman, performed by Emily LaVelle, sophomore vocal performance major from Carl Junction, Missouri

·         Michael Banks, performed by Malachi Mullins, Homeschool

·         Mr. Punch, performed by Caden Peterson, senior musical theatre and public relations major from Branson, Missouri

·         Mrs. Brill, performed by Hannah Sanders, junior vocal music education major from Rogersville, Missouri

·         Bert, performed by Harrison Strouse, senior mathematics education major from Springdale, Arkansas

·         Fannie, performed by Megan Mullins, Homeschool


·         Shaleen Blair, sophomore elementary education major from Carthage, Missouri

·         Jonas Bliss, School of the Ozarks

·         Racheal Carlyon, senior public relations major from Irondale, Missouri 

·         Cameron Cornish, Branson Elementary School

·         Elli Michael, freshman elementary education major from Webb City, Missouri

·         Rina Salmon, junior drama ministry major from Tahlequah, Oklahoma

To make reservations or for more information, contact the theatre department at (417) 690-2626.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


02.20.18 – Kyle Duncan 


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