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WCPR’s ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’ to Include Sensory-friendly Performance

Have "a spoonful of sugar" at these special Rising Stars performances March 24 - 26.

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department (WCPR) and WCPR Children’s Theatre are excited to announce the Rising Stars winter production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr., which will include one sensory-friendly performance.

Performances will take place Friday, March 24, 2023 at 7 p.m., Saturday March 25, 2023 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 2 p.m. at College Grove Artsitorium, located at 8601 Horton Highway, College Grove, TN, 37046. Early bird tickets are available through March 9, 2023 at $10, with the price going to $12 on March 10, 2023.

The Rising Stars winter production for 2022-2023 will be Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr., based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us 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 aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” The director for this production is Blandina Vergara-Cruz.

About the sensory-friendly performance

The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, March 25, 2023 will be a sensory-friendly performance, with modifications to provide a production and environment that is comfortable and supportive for individuals with sensory sensitivities. These modifications include:

  • Lower sound level
  • Reduction of loud, startling or jarring sounds
  • House lights in the theatre on at a low level during the performance
  • A reduction of stage lighting and special effects lighting on stage and on the audience

Patrons will be free to talk and move around during the performance and may bring comfort objects, such as fidget toys, weighted stuffed animals or blankets, and noise-reducing headphones. This is a great opportunity for those with sensitivity to sensory input and young children to attend the show in a more comfortable setting.

Tickets for all performances of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Jr. are available for sale at


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.