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BWW Exclusive: Banks' Kids Hall of Fame - 6+ Years of 44 Janes and Michaels, Life on Broadway, Where They Are Now & More

By: Christina Mancuso

As the Broadway production of MARY POPPINS comes to a close, we tracked down all the past and current kids who played the iconic roles of Jane and Michael Banks, from the original cast in 2006 to the current group as they take their final bow on March 3, 2013.

We asked them to share some basic information about themselves, as well as special memories, fun backstage moments, and what the magic of Disney means to them. Below is an exclusive look at all 44 kids, in chronological order, sharing some special thoughts.

Delaney Moro (2006 - Apr 2007, Original Cast). Pomona, NY

What was your most humbling experience? There was a huge group of child cancer patients that came to see the show. Afterwards, we all got together in the lobby and took a picture with them. They were so grateful for our performance and kept telling me how lucky I was. One little boy came over and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I'll never forget that.

How has the show impacted you? Answering this question is completely nostalgic. The show downright changed my life. It gave me the opportunity to debut on Broadway at age 11; I worked with extraordinarily talented and kindhearted people who taught me so much about the business and about life; and I met five of the most amazing kids who have been my best friends since the first day of rehearsal. I feel so blessed to have been a part of this truly spectacular production.

Katherine Doherty (2006 - May 2007, Original Cast). Dover, MA

Name your favorite memory. I'll never forget the moment before the curtain rose on your first opening night. As I stood beside my stage mother, Rebecca Luker, I couldn't help but feel a rush of excitement and gratitude for being a part of such a magical show.

How has the show impacted you? At the end of the show, Mary Poppins teaches Jane and Michael the valuable lesson, "Anything can happen if you let it..." These words seem to capture the impact of Mary Poppins in my own life. As a child actor, the show taught me the value of discipline, hard work and dedication in any profession you chose. In addition, I've created lifelong friendships with cast and crew members that serve as a vital support network. There's nothing quite as strong as a "Poppins" family bond.

Kathryn Faughnan (2006 - Oct 2008, Original Cast). Pleasantville, NY

Name your favorite memory. One of my fondest memories was when I had fallen while running up the stairs to the nursery. It reminded me that I was still just my normal, sometimes clumsy self, and that imperfections often come with live theatre.

How has the show impacted you? Mary Poppins has really made me who I am today. Delaney Moro and Katherine Doherty are still my best friends to this day and Devynn Pedell surprised me my senior year by coming to see me perform as Belle in my high school's production of Beauty and the Beast last year. I realize how fortunate I am to be able to say I was on Broadway. This show was my childhood and though I was forced to mature quicker than your average 12 year-old, I learned the importance of community, and most importantly the meaning of family.

Henry Hodges (2006 - 2007, Original Cast). New York City


What was your most humbling experience?
Having my voice crack for the first time in front of 2000 New Amsterdam audience members, cast, crew, and the orchestra while singing the highest note in "I just feel as if I'm dreaming, so much fun in just one day!"

What are you doing and how old are you now? I just finished writing a Disney book called, "How To Act Like a Kid" which is sort of a 'how to' book with lots of insider tips on how to make it in the acting business. It is the book I wish I had had when I started acting when I was a kid. How to Act Like a Kid is coming out on March 26th and can be pre ordered on Amazon. I am 19 years old.

Matthew Gumley (2006 - 2009, Original Cast). New York City


Name your favorite memory.
My favorite memory was of opening night and just how incredible it was.

What was your most humbling experience? Probably when I met The Sherman Brothers. Just meeting the men who wrote the music I was singing every night plus countless other songs in their incredible careers, that was one of the most humbling experiences I'd ever had.

How has the show impacted you? I've made so many good friends since being in Poppins, friends that I still love to meet up with today! I am so happy that I've known these people. I couldn't have asked for a better cast to work with!

Alex Scheitinger (2006 - Apr 2007, Original Cast). New Jersey

Name your favorite memory. Performing "Supercal" live on the Today Show with Kathryn Faughnan and the rest of the cast.

What was your most humbling experience? My most humbling experience was meeting The Sherman Brothers, who wrote the music for the original movie.

What are you doing and how old are you now? I'm 16 and I'm doing my school's spring musical. I'm playing Cousin Kevin in "Tommy". I also sing in the acapella chorus.

Jacob Levine (Apr 2007 - June 2008). Wayne, IN

Name your favorite memory. One of my favorite memories was our trip to Serendipity 3 for the unveiling of the Supercal Sundae with the cast.

What was your most humbling experience? The opportunity to attend the Tony's was a very humbling experience. It was amazing to be surrounded by all the amazing performers and be there for their good fortune in winning.

What did you do on your standby days? When on standby other than working on my homework I found solace in building my own Mary Poppins set. I performed it with my "sisters" from the show one day between shows for the cast. It was called Larry Zoppins. I still have the doll house that Tim Abel and I built for it.

Devynn Pedell (May 2007 - October 2007). Chatham, NJ

What did you do on your standby days? We watched movies and did other silly things. I remember dragging Matt Gumley on the ground in the hallway by the belt from my robe.

What are you doing and how old are you now? I'm 16 now and I'm in high school. I'm still working, training, auditioning, and enjoying being a teenager.

What are your future plans? I plan to continue performing any way that I can and I plan to go to college to further my training and education.

Nicole Bocchi (2007 - June 2008). New York City

What was your most humbling experience? Being able to come out after the show and see the excited faces of all the little kids waiting for autographs was the most humbling experience for me. I felt overjoyed just to see their faces and to see how much they believed in the magic that was created by Mary Poppins.

How has the show impacted you? Being in this show gave me a new sense of maturity and confidence that has helped me in many different ways, whether it's auditioning, performing, school or just meeting new people. Dan Jenkins and Rebecca Luker were like my second pair of parents and I felt so close to them. All the Michaels were like my brothers and I am truly grateful that I was able to connect with them and be a part of this family.

Lila Patterson Coogan (2007 - 2008). Ossining, NY

What was your most humbling experience? When I fell flat on my butt during temper- temper, on my opening night. I got the wind knocked right out of me, but it definitely taught me early on to be on my toes at all times.

How has the show impacted you? It really helped me grow up, and learn to be an adult, without losing the little kid in me. It was so valuable to find the balance of work and play at such an early age. Poppins lead me toward pursuing a career in theater after high school. Until this show, I wasn't sure that theater was what I wanted to do in life. It made my choice so much clearer, and really made me determined to make this career path work for me, in any aspect. It was really one of the most incredible, elated times in my life. The people that I met through this show really made up a caring, gentle, good-natured, hilarious, intelligent, and not to mention extremely talented community. We truly were a family at Poppins, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Alexandra Berro (Oct 2007 - Oct 2009). New Haven, CT

What was your most humbling experience? During the show, we had to run up and down two flights of stairs. One day, in the middle of a performance, my shoe got caught in my dress and I tumbled down the final quarter of the steps, landing flat on my face, center stage. As soon as I hit the floor, I looked up, and there was an audible "Ouch" from the audience. I don't think I've ever been so embarrassed in my life! My brother in the show, helped me up, completely red-faced, and we continued on. From then on, I was always much more careful on the steps!

How has the show impacted you? I wouldn't be the same person I am today had it not been for Mary Poppins. The people I met there - my directors, the different cast and crew members - have changed my life. I was so inspired by the many talents and qualities of those around me. I have made friends for life. For example, every Christmas, my family and I go over to my "brother" Jacob Levine's house and stay with his family for a few days. We have been doing this since we both left the show. The other cast members, the kids especially, will always hold a special place in my heart, and be a part of my extended family. We all shared in something so special, something we will have the rest of our lives and that will always connect us.

Daniel Marconi (2008). Chatham, NJ

What was your most humbling experience? The most humbling experience I had was when I was going into my first performance, full of confidence, and fell flat on my face in the very first scene. If I was at all over-confident before the show, I wasn't anymore.

What did you do on your standby days? On my standby days I played a whole lot of Mario Kart on my DS, but this was of course when I wasn't preparing for my performance of RENT with my Jane, Lila Coogan, starring as Mark and myself playing Roger. I still can't watch the movie 5 years later.

Neil McCaffrey (June 2008 - May 2010). Chatham, NJ

Name your favorite memory. My favorite memory would definitely have to be getting to go to Disney World to perform in the Christmas Parade in 2008 with Cassady, Ashley and Gavin!

What was your most humbling experience? That's gotta be the curtain coming up for the first time on my first show. Chilling.

What are you doing and how old are you now? I'm 14 and I just finished playing Harold Hill in my school production of The Music Man (Opposite the sister of a former Jane!).

Zach Rand (May 2008 - Aug 2009). Yorktown Heights, NY

Name your favorite memory. The Quote Wall says it all. Every funny memory and every inside joke is posted there and only "we" know what it means.

What was your most humbling experience? When I told Aaron Albano that I didn't like to read much, he gave me a copy of Harry Potter. Each day, he would ask me about the story and talk to me about it. At one point, he said, "if you're not at chapter 9 by tomorrow, I am telling you what happens for the rest of the series." That night, I stayed up late in bed with a flashlight and read and read and I haven't stopped since. When Harry Potter World opened in Florida, I was living in Sarasota doing Bonnie & Clyde. Aaron called and my entire family and I ended up spending the day with him drinking butter beer and going on rides.

What are your future plans? Christina taught me what "the world is my oyster" means...I'm going to go with that.

Kelsey Fowler (May 2008 - 2010). Barnegat, NJ

Name your favorite memory. One of the ways we helped raise money for Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids was to offer backstage tours for a donation. Some of my favorite memories came from watching kids and adult's reactions when they stepped onto a Broadway stage for the first time. Sometimes I felt like I was watching dreams being born.

How has the show impacted you? I met so many wonderful, talented people and made many lifelong friends. Mary also reminded me that family is always most important and that anything can happen if you work hard and follow your dreams.

Cassady Leonard (June 2008 - May 2010). Oakland, NJ

What are your future plans? I hope to book more on-camera roles (once these darned braces come off!), and stay in the business. I can't wait to journey through the rest of high school and move on to a college with a great nursing program. Does a singing nurse sound plausible?

How has the show impacted you? "Mary Poppins" and the experiences I had have given me the strength and confidence to believe in myself one-hundred percent. I learned that there are so many different people in this world, and acceptance is key. The vast amount of wisdom and happiness that I was given during my run goes unmatched. I value those that I worked with as a second family because they collectively taught me things that may have gone disregarded when I was a 10 year-old - but, today, make me who I am as a person.

Alison Jaye Horowitz (Oct 2008 - Aug 2009). Armonk, NY

Name your favorite memory. Zach Rand and I would sit in my dressing room for hours making videos of us singing and creating random characters. One included us attempting to form a barbershop quartet... with only us two. Also, I made crazy videos with Neil McCaffrey, we danced to Hannah Montana's "Hoedown Throwdown."

How has the show impacted you? Not only are some of the friends still really special and close, I was able to create these amazing relationships in a serious working environment. I also got to learn a lot about myself as a performer and how to trust myself with such a huge role, while still taking chances. I was also truly able to feel the utmost of responsibility and independence through the learning process of this show, up until my final performance. I loved every single minute of it.

Marlon Sherman (December 2008 - August 2009). New Jersey

What was your most humbling experience? Hearing the sincerity in the "Happy Trails" sung at my last performance and knowing I would be missed.

What are your future plans? To continue to sing and be in local shows. Also I am trying to focus hard on my schoolwork so I can succeed in high school and college.

How has the show impacted you? It made me realize that you don't have to be a magic nanny to change people's lives for the better.

Matthew Schechter (2008 - 2009). Westchester County, NY

Name your favorite memory. The bows were always my favorite time of the show because I could see how people really loved Mary Poppins. It was such a thrill to perform in front of thousands of people every night.

What was your most humbling experience? The most humbling experience I've had in Mary Poppins was when I saw all of the adult stars around me. I realized how hard they had worked and the extreme level of devotion they put into their performances every night.

Jeremiah Kissane (2009 - 2010). Islip, Suffolk Cty, NY

What was your most humbling experience? When I was able to give a backstage tour after a show to a girl my age who was also an aspiring actress and was battling cancer.

What are you doing and how old are you now? I'm in 10th grade now and I'm turning 16 next week! I am in the school Choir & the Jazz Choir, and I volunteer in our community's "IDEA" task force, to help combat teen use of drugs & alcohol and am also on our school's DASA (anti-bullying) committee.

How has the show impacted you? It made me realize what I want to do for the rest of my life. I had been acting professionally since I was 6, but this was my first real job on the stage. I love the theatre....everything about it is magical...from the costumes to the makeup, the lighting, the music, the props....and it was DISNEY...everything about Disney is magical!

Andrew Shipman (Aug 2009 - May 2010). Glastonbury, CT

Name your favorite memory. Nothing can compete with the emotions during the day of my first performance in August 2009. When I walked out of the stage door after the show, I was shocked to see an enormous crowd of my family and friends who came to see me in the show. That was truly amazing.

How has the show impacted you? From Laura Michelle Kelly to Rebecca Luker, Christian Borle, and the entire ensemble and swings, MP exposed me to the most talented people I had ever met. We were all one big Poppins family! I am extremely thankful that I got the chance to perform in this amazing musical.

Juliette Angelo (2009 - 2010). Little Falls, NJ

Name your favorite memory. I loved rehearsing with Mark Dubrow as Mary Poppins, that was very entertaining. Also, when Corey threw me across the stage in Anything Can Happen. And every performance with Christian Borle. He's hysterical. And sushi dates with our "child wrangler", Christina!

What are you doing and how old are you now? I am turning 14 in a few days, I'm in LA right now, finishing season one of the sitcom "Malibu Country" on ABC. I play Reba McEntire's daughter, June Gallagher.

How has the show impacted you? Being in Mary Poppins was a wonderful experience for me. This was the 3rd Broadway show I had been in, and it was the final show I did before I decided to pursue TV & Film. I learned how to work hard, and balance work & school & family. And how to wear my hair in hot curlers.

Christopher Flaim (April 2010 - Nov 2010)

Name your favorite memory. Performing for President Obama and the First Lady at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. We performed "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and after he shook my hand and the first lady gave me a hug.

What was your most humbling experience? It was a common humbling experience when you walked out of the stage door after each show and saw the little girls or boys looking at you with awe. You could tell that they looked up to you and to think that I may have had some influence on them is extremely humbling. It may have even been their first Broadway show. I just loved the fact that I was able to share my talent each night on stage and hopefully bring joy or laughter to some people. They may have been having a hard time or needed an escape, which I believe Broadway and entertainment is all about.

David Gabriel Lerner (May 2010 - Nov 2011). Melville, NY

Name your favorite memory. My favorite memory was standing on the stage for the very first time and looking out at the audience.

What was your most humbling experience? It is very humbling to see the message and autograph of Julie Andrews on the backstage wings. Wow!

How has the show impacted you? Being in the show taught me that anything is possible and no dreams are too big to dream.

Ethan Haberfield (2010 - 2011). Tenafly, NJ


What are you doing and how old are you now?
I'm 13 now and I go to school in NYC. I've been doing a lot of film and TV work as well as theater; my film Sinister just came out and I will be in another movie coming out this spring. I recently performed on New Years Eve with Train in Times Square with The Broadway Youth Ensemble and I will be in a show at Studio 54 on March 17th called "Growing Up Broadway". I spend my days training and kickboxing!

How has the show impacted you? Mary Poppins has made both a professional and emotional impact on my life. I made friends for life in Poppins that I will always hold onto. I learned how to truly be a professional actor. I learned how to take notes and how to behave on stage and in the theater.

Rozi Baker (May 2011 - Oct 2012). Montclair, NJ

Name your favorite memory. During my last curtain call, Karl Kenzler and I switched parts and I dressed as George Banks and he dressed as Jane.

What was your most humbling experience? My Opening Night, at the end of the show during Anything Can Happen, I was staring at the audience and started crying because that had been my dream for such a long time.

How has the show impacted you? I have a whole new family. I matured so much during this show, and I think anyone who has the honor of joining this cast is changed for the better, (Wicked pun intended)

Rachel Resheff (2010 then again in 2011-2012). Westchester County, NY


What was your most humbling experience?
Every day as a child actor is humbling because we are surrounded by great adult actors who we have the privilege of working with and learning from and it is humbling to understand how far a journey we have to travel to reach their level of greatness.

What are you doing and how old are you now? I am 12 now. I just finished filming the role of Young Alex in Netflix's new series, "Orange is The New Black". I am performing in "The Mound Builders", a play at The Signature Theater, and I am workshopping 3 new plays.

What are your future plans? To continue to do well in school, write music, books and plays, stay close to my family, and like Mary Poppins, see where the wind blows.

Catherine Missal (2010 - 2011). Somerset, NJ


What was your most humbling experience?
Performing Supercal for the President and First Lady at Ford's Theatre.

What did you do on your standby days? Play spit with Christina, read, and make silly videos.

What are you doing and how old are you now? I'm 14 years old in high school and doing mostly film work.

Sadie Seelert (Nov. 2010 - May 2011). New Canaan, CT

What was your most humbling experience? I was asked to do an event for the American Bus Association in Philadelphia with an ensemble from the cast. On the way there, our charter bus broke down at 11 at night and we were stuck on the interstate for an hour in January in the freezing cold. We were rescued by a stretch limousine that all 16 of us piled into to take us to the bus convention for the show the next morning. What a trip!

What did you do on your standby days? Some of my favorite activities were creating ASI Anthony and Sadie inventions using whatever materials we could find; [Anthony Scarpone-Lampert]); Dorito Day when our wrangler Christina Huschle and Ethan Haberfield decided we should all taste test as many varieties of Doritos as possible--there are more than you think!; and A and S flowers, a business for fake money (created by Anthony and me) to deliver hand drawn paper flowers to cast members. My dresser Maya still has her flowers on the wall.

Anthony Scarpone-Lambert (2010 - 2011). Bucks County, PA

Name your favorite memory. My favorite memory was when the curtain went up on my opening show. No words can describe the chills you get. In my mind I was thinking," Ahhh I am performing on Broadway". When dreams come true it is the most amazing feeling in the world.

What did you do on your standby days? I would connect a Mary Poppins doll to a wire and fly her through our dressing rooms.

What are your future plans? I want to get into directing and hopefully start doing stuff behind the scenes or become an engineer because I love making inventions and cool flying contraptions.

Kara Oates (March 2011 - Aug 2012). Indianapolis, IN

What did you do on your standby days? Some days I did homework, while other days I made videos on my computer. I had fun spending time with all my "brothers!"

How has the show impacted you? I have become great friends with the child actors as well as the adult cast members, and it has made me realize how fortunate I am to have been a part of something so special at such a young age.

Lewis Grosso (2010 to 2011). Park Ridge, NJ

What was your most humbling experience? The first standing ovation when I bowed.

What did you do on your standby days? Watched movies and played board games with Kara Oates and Camille Mancuso who both played the role of Jane Banks.

What are you doing and how old are you now? I am 11 years old now. I left MP to play Les in Newsies. I was also in a TV show CBS drama called "Made In Jersey". I recently performed in Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.

Brigid Harrington (May 2011 - Nov 2011). Barnegat, NJ

What was your most humbling experience? Meeting Sergeant Leroy Petry who was given the Medal of Honor. After meeting him and reading about what he did to receive that award, I was so honored to have met a true hero, who was so brave and sacrificed so much to help someone other than himself. Not many people would have the courage to do that.

What are you doing and how old are you now? I just turned 13, and I'll be starting my 4th year on the Disney Channel, as the voice of "Koko" in Chuggington! I am currently recording new episodes and 3 movies that will be shown on the Disney Channel. I also shot a scene for a feature film - Lullaby. I will be performing at a gala event at the Skyline Theatre hosted by Brian d'Arcy James and featuring other Broadway performers, plus I did a national commercial. I'm mostly excited about getting ready to launch an anti-bullying program.

Camille Mancuso (Jane Banks Nov 2011 - Aug 2012). Columbus, Ohio


What was your most humbling experience?

My most humbling experience would probably have to be when I performed in the autism show. We rearranged a bunch of different scenes so that for one night we could do a show for a completely autistic crowd. Just performing in the show itself was incredibly humbling, but I was fortunate enough to meet a little boy after the show and take him backstage to see the set. Seeing the look in his eyes and the smile on his face was definitely my most humbling experience.

How has the show impacted you? This show has taught me to appreciate and enjoy things while you have them. In working with all of the wonderful cast members, I have learned not just about performing, but how to be a better person. I am still today discovering how much Mary Poppins has impacted me and changed my life.

Tyler Merna (Nov 2011 - Aug 2012). New Jersey

Name your favorite memory. On the night of my broadway opening I was told they needed me to fly to Toronto to cover the tour because the boys on tour were sick. I had my opening night on broadway and the next morning flew to Toronto to perform with the tour cast for one show, then flew back to broadway. I performed two shows on Broadway and in Toronto within 24 hours!

What are you doing and how old are you now? I just turned 12 and I have been spending time in LA. I just filmed a tv show and got to sing the National Anthem at a LA Lakers game. I also love playing soccer on my travel soccer team.

Noah Marlowe (Dec 2011 - Aug 2012). Suffern, NY


What was your most humbling experience?
When I performed as Michael Banks for the Autism Performance.

What did you do on your standby days? Annie and I made clothing out of reachable resources, watched movies, ate Crumbs cupcakes, shot hoops, did homework.

What are your future plans? I would like to be a meteorologist or a Broadway performer.

Reese Sebastian Diaz (Feb 2012 - Aug 2012). Coplay, PA

What was your most humbling experience? I gave a backstage tour to a mom and daughter who always wanted to see Mary Poppins and finally were able to, just weeks before they had to move to another country. They were moving because the dad was in the military. I kept thinking that I just got to have fun on stage, but it was them doing the great job for giving up so much to protect our country.

How has the show impacted you? Mary Poppins was the first Broadway show I watched when I was 8 years old. Ever since I saw it, I wanted to be a part of it. I took acting, dancing, and singing lessons and I was so happy when I found out I was cast. It proved to me that anything can happen if you let it!

Annie Baltic (Feb 2012 - Aug 2012). Briarcliff Manor, NY

Name your favorite memory. My favorite memory was performing and hanging out with the cast. My favorite part of the show to perform was "Step in time" because it was so high energy and exciting!

What did you do on your standby days? A lot of time we would play charades which was so much fun because we were very creative. A lot of the time we would watch movies and just hang out.

How has the show impacted you? It has been a very memorable experience that I will never forget it. The adult cast was so welcoming and that's what made it an even more incredible experience.

Elizabeth Teeter (Aug 2012 - March 2013). St. Louis, MO

What are you doing and how old are you now? I get to perform the final show of Mary Poppins which I'm really honored to do. After that, I'm doing a reading of a new musical in May and will then head back to St. Louis in June where I'll perform at The Muny this summer.

How has the show impacted you? I have really learned a lot from this show. Even though doing Mary Poppins is tons of fun, it's still is a serious job. You have to know when to stop goofing around, you have to respect others in the building, you have to stay focused and be on your game... onstage AND backstage. I really feel like I have learned how much it means to EVERYBODY and how much respect you get in return from the cast and crew when you do all those things well. It really makes a difference. And that makes me strive to work even harder.

Maya Jade Frank (Aug 2012 - March 2013). Tribeca, NY


Name your favorite memory.
My favorite memory is when we started rehearsals during the summer. I thought it was like going to a "Poppins Camp". I got to spend six weeks doing what I love with 5 other Jane and Michael Banks. That was fun!

What are your future plans? I would love to be in films and tv and hopefully more shows. I also would love to make my own clothing line and be a fashion designer.

How has the show impacted you? It made me believe that you could reach higher.



Carly Paige Baron (Aug 2012 - March 2013). New York City

Name your favorite memory. I've had so many great memories, but one of my most favorite memories was definitely my first performance! When I got into my place for the beginning of the show, my heart was pounding. After singing "Perfect Nanny," which was my first singing solo, my nerves just melted away, and I started to realize how amazing performing on broadway was. After the show, everyone congratulated me, and Geoffrey (who helped with the choreography in rehearsals) gave me a big hug. After the show I went out to dinner with my family. At the time, I couldn't believe this was all happening!

How has the show impacted you? I've made some life-long friendships with the other cast members and unforgettable memories. I've also learned a lot from the other actors and all the people working at the theatre.

Aidan Gemme (Aug 2012 - Mar 2013). New York City

What was your most humbling experience? Watching the other actors dance while on stage with them, and watching how they improvise if things didn't go according to the script.

What are your future plans? I'd like to be in another show. Play baseball. I want to be a lead in a T.V. show.

How has the show impacted you? It's made me a better actor. It's really taught me true theater. Becoming a character and interacting with the other actors is amazing.

Anthony Pierini (Aug 2012 - March 2013). Wheatley Heights, NY


Name your favorite memory.
My favorite memory is when my wrangler, Diane, put a brown paper bag over my head and drew a funny face on the bag.

What did you do on your standby days? On days when I would be on stand by, I would spend that time playing board games, video games, card games, watch movies and overall hang out and have a great time.

How has the show impacted you? This has been the biggest role I have ever played. It wasn't easy, but I had a lot of fun. I have made many good friends and have built relationships that I hope to carry on with me in the future.

Hayden Signoretti (Aug 2012 - March 2013). Rockaway Beach, NY

Name your favorite memory. It was the first time that I left through the stage door and people were actually waiting to meet me and get my autograph. I couldn't believe it.

What was your most humbling experience? It was after my first show when I stepped out on the stage and saw the empty house and realized that I had actually performed on Broadway for the first time. I thought to myself that my dreams are really coming true.

How has the show impacted you? It made me believe the words "anything can happen".

Mary Poppins will conclude Broadway run at The New Amsterdam Theatre Sunday, March 3, 2013 after 2619 performances and more than six years. With attendance totaling nearly four million guests, the show has been seen by more people in the last six years than any Broadway show except Wicked and The Lion King. Mary Poppins opened on Broadway in 2006, just two years after debuting in London's West End, where it had received nine Olivier Award nominations and won Olivier, Evening Standard and WhatsOnStage Awards. The Broadway production received 25 major theatrical award nominations, winning Tony and Drama Desk Awards.

Mary Poppins will rank as the 22nd longest-running show in Broadway history by the time its run is complete, ranking between Best Musical winners Hairspray and Avenue Q on the list of long runs. For tickets, visit: http://www.marypoppins.com/tickets

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