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Mary Poppins "Flies" in upcoming production

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Actress Karla Hughes "flies" across the stage in the upcoming performance of Mary Poppins at LCT Actress Karla Hughes "flies" across the stage in the upcoming performance of Mary Poppins at LCT
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - The La Crosse Community Theatre kicks off its 51st season with a magical performance of a well-known classic. Over the past 50 seasons, LCT has created on-stage wonder with things like a two-story fully-rotating set in Noises Off, a character fall off a bridge in Les Miserables, but never before has a character flown, until now.

The theatre brought in a specialty fly system and harness to make Mary Poppins actually appear to fly across the stage in the musical of the same name. It's thanks in part to a donation from Dahl Automotive and the sponsorship of Mayo Clinic. It's also thanks to the capabilities of their new space in the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

"At the old space, we couldn't even fly scenery in and out. So now we've graduated from having to roll everything in and out and being stationary to now being able to fly set pieces, scenery and now also people," said LCT Artistic Director Greg Parmeter.

Karla Hughes, the actress who plays Mary Poppins, said it is pretty exciting to fly in the show. She added that she also feels safe while doing so.

Tickets are still available for all performances of Mary Poppins, which runs from Sept. 5-21. You can find ticket information online or by calling the La Crosse Community Theatre Box Office at 784-9292.

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