Nov 14, 2012

From Friday, November 23 through Sunday November 25, 2012, the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington will present a return engagement of Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins—seven screenings of the interactive version of the popular Disney film musical featuring on-screen lyrics, a bag of play-a-long props, an audience costume parade, plus—a newly added feature—acclaimed Mary Poppins impersonator / living statue, Linda Peck, as master-of-ceremonies and movie host.

Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins allows audiences to celebrate the golden age of movies by enjoying this Oscar®-winning film in the fashion in which it was meant to be seen—a fully restored print in a grand theatrical setting with a state of the art sound system.  In addition, audiences are encouraged to come in costume and to sing along with some of the best-known and most beloved songs in motion picture history (“Spoonful of Sugar,” “Let’s Go Fly A Kite,” “Chim-Chim-Cher-ee,” and, of course, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,”—to name just a few.)  For this special engagement, a restored 35mm print of the classic 1964 film has been customized with on-screen lyrics, while Linda Peck will introduce the film and lead the crowd through audience participation activities and demonstrate the use of a complimentary bag of interactive props.  To complete the Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins experience, audience members are invited to dress as their favorite Mary Poppins character (or in a costume inspired by the movie) and the host will invite everyone in costume to march in a parade down the aisles onto the stage—a great photo or video opportunity.

“This is our sixth annual presentation of Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins which has become a highlight of our season and a Thanksgiving tradition for many of our patrons,” says the Regent Theatre’s Leland Stein.  “It’s always a pleasure to see the joy this event brings to families—kids, parents, and grandparents alike—and the amazing costumes that some of them create for the occasion.  And having Linda Peck as movie host this year is a special bonus we’re excited about!”

Adapted from PL Travers’ 1934 novel, Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, premiered in August of 1964.  “Practically perfect in every way,” it became Disney’s biggest box office success to date and earned 13 Academy Award nominations.  In this, her film debut, Andrews won the Oscar for Best Actress beating out Audrey Hepburn.  After nearly 50 years, Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins continues to pull lasting magic from its cinematic carpetbag of tricks—the extraordinary animation, dazzling special effects, and award-winning music.

Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins plays The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, Massachusetts, on Friday, November 23 at 10:30am, 2:00pm, and 7:00pm*; Saturday, November 24 at 10:30am and 2:00pm; and Sunday, November 25 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.  (*Linda Peck will host all but the Fri Nov 23, 7pm show.) General Admission tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children, and $10 for Regent card members and groups of 10 or more.  The Regent Theatre, “Arlington’s Show Place of Entertainment” since 1916, is MBTA and wheelchair accessible with free parking across the street. For tickets, directions, and more information call 781-646-4849 or visit regenttheatre.com.