BL: SO YOU ARE COMING OFF A PRODUCTION OF MARY POPPINS. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE DOING IT AGAIN? EB: It’s neat to touch base with it again so quickly, to dive into a new vision for it.
BL: HOW DID YOU PREPARE TO AUDITION FOR SYRACUSE STAGE? EB: My audition was two weeks after my first production closed, so the material was very fresh. As actors we do a lot of work to prepare for auditions, so it was nice to have tapped into this woman for a while this summer. I know a lot about Mary, but it’s two different productions back to back, so I set out to do something different than what I did previously.
years old waiting to meet Mary Poppins. I had this look on my face, like, “I’m meeting Mary Poppins”.
BL: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF THIS CHARACTER? EB: The thing I love about her is that a lot of people do things because they think it’s the right thing to do –Mary does things because she knows it’s the right thing to do. That’s the difference between her and George. Everything she does is because it should be done; it’s to enlighten a family. And I love the magic –she’s the child that never quite lost her imagination. [In the book] they call her the “Great Exception". She never lost her ability to imagine, that part of your brain that you used as a child, where you believe that basically anything’s possible.
BL: WHAT’S YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE STORY? EB: I grew up watching the movie and I loved it, it’s so theatrical. It’s basically on a stage, meant for a stage. I’m a diehard Julie Andrews fan, and she’s just a queen and can do anything, I love her. If I ran into Julie Andrews, I’d lose my mind. She is Mary Poppins to me. The movie introduced me to the legendary music of the show. I was hooked. I remember going to Disney World when I was four
THE MOVIE INTRODUCED ME TO THE LEGENDARY MUSIC OF THE SHOW. I WAS HOOKED. I REMEMBER GOING TO DISNEY WORLD WHEN I WAS FOUR YEARS OLD WAITING TO MEET MARY POPPINS.
FOUR-YEAR-OLD EMILY MEETS MARY POPPINS AT DISNEY WORLD. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EMILY BROCKWAY.
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