State Street Theater Co. presents… Mary Poppins

The cast of Mary Poppins, presented by the State Street Theater Company in New Ulm. SSTC will present the play at 7 p.m. from July 26-28 and 2 p.m. on July 29.

NEW ULM — Ready to go on a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure?

Theater fans that answered yes to that question are in luck. The State Street Theater Company (SSTC) will proudly be bringing the story of Mary Poppins to its stage at 7 p.m. from July 26-28 and at 2 p.m. on July 29.

It’s one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, is based on the books by P.L Travers, and Anita Shikoski, director of the play, wants to share this magical musical with as many viewers as possible.

Mary Poppins will be the first play Shikoski has directed for SSTC. She teaches English at New Ulm Cathedral High School and has directed plays and musicals there for 30 years.

Shikoski won’t give away all of her secrets about the play, but one should expect to be entertained by this special production.

Nina Kirchoefer, playing the lead role of Mary Poppins, poses with her umbrella during a recent rehearsal of SSTC’s Mary Poppins. This will be her debut with SSTC, and she is a music teacher at Sleepy Eye Public.

“We are presenting the Broadway musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film,” Shikoski said. “Our production features the original music and lyrics by the Sherman brothers and the book by Julian Fellowes (famous for the PBS production of Downton Abbey). I don’t want to give away all our secrets, but we’ve tried to make this production extra special with the incorporation of unique special effects that capture the magic of Mary Poppins.”

Christina Miller Koester, the play’s producer, said that community theater brings people of all ages and backgrounds together, which makes for a great experience for both those involved and the audience. She also said that the special effects for the play will make this performance stand out.

“This performance is unique in the amount of special effects that are taking place behind the scenes,” Miller Koester said. “We needed a much more eclectic crew this year than we have in any production I’ve been a part of. We needed to make some of the characters fly on stage and had to find a way to make certain things work, like Mary’s carpet bag.”

There are 39 cast members for SSTC’s Mary Poppins, ranging in age from 10 to 66 years old. Mary Poppins will be played by Nina Kirchoefer of Sleepy Eye. This will be Kirchoefer’s debut on the SSTC stage.

Miller Koester said that she was thrilled to produce this play because it has been one of her favorite Disney movies growing up. She said she was glad to find a family-friendly play like Mary Poppins for all ages to enjoy.

Mary Poppins, played by Nina Kirchoefer, and Bert, played by Michael Koester, rehearse a song and dance from SSTC’s rendition of Mary Poppins.

“We try to find shows that would work well for a large age range and often ones that are great family-friendly shows,” Miller Koester said. “It has been fun to help put together the stage version, as there are some new songs added and a few songs from the movie that are missing.”

Shikoski said that she expects this show for all ages to entertain and “wow” the public.

“This is a show for all ages — children and adults will be entertained,” Shikoski said. “My guess is that the audience will be toe-tapping and wanting to sing along with such classics as “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” In addition, there are a number of lively and highly entertaining dance numbers. Our choreographer, Gary Sassenberg, worked tirelessly with our ensemble, and we think our audience will be “wowed” by the dancing. This is a must-see show!”

This is an opportunity to see everyone’s favorite and practically perfect nanny make an appearance on the SSTC stage. So grab your umbrellas, get your tickets and fly on over to see Mary Poppins while you have the chance!

Mary Poppins: Nina Kirchoefer

George Banks, played by Kent Menzel, and Winifred Banks, played by Janet Holm, rehearse during an opening scene of SSTC’s Mary Poppins.

Bert: Michael Koester

Jane Banks: Grace Gleisner

Michael Banks: Jared Gleisner

George Banks: Kent Menzel

Winifred Banks: Janet Holm

Mrs. Brill: Carli Petersen

Robertson Ay: Seth Rausch

Katie Nanna: Zoe Macklanburg

Bank Chairman: Adrian Smith

Von Hussler: Paul Henning

Northbrook: Silas Dose

Miss Smythe: Robin Larson

Miss Andrew: Madeline Cacciatore

Miss Lark: Kathy Jo Lux

Bird Woman: Leah Wendland

Mrs. Corry: Bonnie Lantz

Annie: Hannah Larson

Fannie: Magdala Diersen

Valentine: Courtney Ryberg

Ballerina: Kirsten Malcolm

Teddy Bear: Katie Schwartz

Punch: Stephanie Dose

Toy Block: Zoe Scharf

Toy Soldier: Lucas Youngerberg

Jack in a Box: Josiah Smith

Raggedy Ann: Anna Knowles

Neleus: Eli Hastings

Queen Victoria: Alyssa Nissen

Park Statue: Alyssa DeBill

Park Keeper: Neil Kirchoefer

Constable: Michael Bovee

Admiral Boom: Tom Kaehler

Ensemble: Sophie Berger, Isabelle Miller, Elle Osborne, Aidan Hendrickson, Jayce Seifert, Naomi Friese

Director: Anita Shikoski

Producer: Christina Miller Koester

Vocal Director: Kathy Wurster

Rehearsal Accompanist: Marijo Sweeney

Choreographer: Gary Sassenberg

Orchestra Director: Mark Wamma

Set Director: Michael Koester

Costume Director: Sara Covich

Stage Manager: Jessie Sobania

Special Effects: John Blomberg

Set: Tom Kaehler

Jon Hammerschmidt

Terry Knowles

Wayne Plagge

Tech: Alex Wyffels

Nate Brueske

Maida Jasperson

Stage Crew: David Henning

Sarah Seifert

Terry Knowles

Kenny Deutz

Jon Hammerschmidt

Orchestra: Laure Stelljes

Marijo Sweeney

Hope Sieh

Nate Beran

Carrie Quast

Lark Carlson Brown

Cindy Gawrych

Andrew Westberg

AJ Hoffman

Noah Wilson

Concessions: Curt & Ann Miller

Hair & Make-up: Jessie Sobania

Jennifer Deutz

Sarah Seifert

If you go…


– $10 in advance/$15 at the door

– $5 Children’s Matinee, Sunday show only (age 10 & under, at the door)

– $10 Senior Sunday Tickets, $10 at the door

– Tickets are available at the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, the Best Western, at the door, or online.

Theater After Hours at the Retz

– Theater After Hours is a special event taking place at the Retz in New Ulm following the July 26 opening-night performance of Mary Poppins.

– A $25 ticket includes admission to the Thursday night showing, admission to the after party at the Retz, a free drink and appetizers and a meet & greet with the cast.

– Catering provided by the Best Western of New Ulm.

– *This is a 21+ event.