Community Corner: Berkeley Native Stars As Broadway’s Mary Poppins
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Everyone’s favorite nanny is flying into the Bay Area this week. The national tour of the Broadway musical Mary Poppins opens for a short run in San Francisco May 8th at the Orpheum Theatre.
The actress playing the title role is Berkeley native Madeline Trumble who received a lot of training right here in the Bay Area before heading off to New York.
KCBS’ Connie C. Kim interviews Madeline Trumble:
Trumble says she feels fortunate to have grown up in the Bay Area where there were so many opportunities to get involved in the arts.
“Growing up in Berkeley I took Afro-Haitian at Berkeley High and I took some Brazilian dance classes,” Trumble described her local training, “I had a couple years of voice lessons around the Bay Area with different teachers and I took a couple acting classes at Berkeley Rep and A-C-T in San Francisco.”
For someone fortunate enough to be making a career out of doing something she loves, the University of Michigan grad says she didn’t even realize this could be a career until she went off to college and discovered musical theater was actually a college major.
“It was just what I did for fun … and there’s a lot of arts in the [Berkeley] schools so I always just performed growing up and I never really thought it was anything I could do as a career.”
It’s the beginning of a successful career for Trumble, having performed on Broadway in Newsies and now on her first national tour with Mary Poppins.
She grew up watching all the Broadway shows that came into town and now she says it’s exciting to perform in the same theater she used to sit in as a child.
“I just can’t really believe that the same audiences I used to sit in will be watching me. That’s pretty exciting.”
She looks forward to performing for her hometown audience – especially her favorite number, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
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