• 2016-2017 Season,  Mary Poppins

    Colors In Mary Poppins

    by Ting Chun Chang, dramaturg In one of the post-show discussions, there was an audience member who asked us about the color of the costume design. We had a conversation of the concept of the design but none of us knew the exact process of how our costume designer Rory Scanlon developed it. Therefore, I brought the question to Rory and this was his reply. In picking colors, I chose the RED for Mary first, giving her the strongest pigment on stage. I wanted Bert and the children to be in the other primary colors, so Bert was BLUE and the children were YELLOW. That left the three secondary colors to…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins Just A Bit More

    by Ting Chun Chang, dramaturg One of the traditions in the BYU theatre department is to have a post show discussion with the audience, actors, and members of the production team after every Thursday night performance. To finish up our coverage on Mary Poppins, I want to share some of the great questions and answers that were discussed. Q: This production looks very professional. Is it a student design team? A: It is half and half. The cast are students; some are more experienced. For the designing team, we have several options: 1) We have professional faculty members with student assistants, 2) We have the students who co-design with other student designers,…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Mary Poppins

    Let’s Go Fly A Kite

    by Ting Chun Chang, dramaturg “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” written by the Sherman Brothers, is one of the famous song in Mary Poppins. The symbol of the kite was mentioned in the beginning on in the script when Bert sings : A FATHER, A MOTHER, A DAUGHTER, A SON. THE THREADS OF THEIR LIVES ARE RAVELING UNDONE. SOMETHING IS NEEDED TO TWIST THEM AS TIGHT AS A STRING YOU MIGHT USE WHEN YOU’RE FLYING A KITE…… Designers’ Kite Idea While we were exploring the idea of kite flying, scenic designer Michael Handley was able to share his personal story about the experience of flying kites with his family. He also discovered the…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Mary Poppins

    What Would You Do If You Were……?

    by Ting Chun Chang, dramaturg When I was exploring the characters’ personalities and their relationships, I had a strong feeling that each one of them were meant to be together to learn a lesson. I do not know if it is solely an eastern belief that “family is the Tao place,” but I feel all the members in the Banks family were changed because of the journey they took together. Let me clarify, the “Tao.” It is translated as “the way.” My father told me that family is the place, or the way, where we learn about ourselves and how to become a better person. Each character in the play…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Mary Poppins

    The Magic In Imagination

    by Ting Chun Chang, dramaturg Mary Poppins snapped her fingers again, ready to “educate” the kids! In the world of Mary Poppins we see magic everywhere, However, how to show that magic is a crucial key for the design team. As it is the number one topic we have been talking about in the production meetings, before the show starts, I would like to give a you broad sense of how each designer has chosen to dive into this magic world. At the beginning of the process, we created a magic moment list. This was a guide for the production team. We talked about the magical moments in other productions, movies and how…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Mary Poppins

    The True Mary Poppins?

    by Ting Chun Chang, dramaturg Some of you are probably already very familiar with the movie Mary Poppins, but have not watched the musical. Others may have watched the movie and the musical, but not yet read the novel. Last time, we have explored some comparisons between the three different forms of the story and talked a little bit about the characters. This week, I would like to share with you more about the character Mary Poppins in the novel and in the musical. In 2013, the Disney movie Saving Mr, Banks was released. It depicts the relationship between P.L. Travers and Walt Disney. It also gives the audience some background understanding of Travers’ childhood experience. It is said…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins’ Novels, Movie And Musical

    by Ting Chun Chang, dramaturg Whenever you adapt a story from one medium to another, there are going to be changes. In the cast of Mary Poppins, taking the story in the original book to the silver screen and to the stage has resulted in too many changes to count! A student dramaturg for a different production (Andrew Koenig) made the following chart to reveal some of the changes that have happened to the central characters. I’ve added a fourth column (BYU production) in hopes that you will think about the differences you see on our stage. After you’ve seen the show, I hope that you will come back and…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Mary Poppins

    Magic Moments and Mary Poppins

    by Ting Chun Chang, dramaturg magic [maj-ik], noun, the art of producing illusions as entertainment by the use of sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc…… Magic, by definition, is a technique designed for entertainment. However, are there cases where it is more than that? Welcome to 4th Wall, and to series about BYU’s production of Mary Poppins. I am Chang, Ting Chun, the dramaturg for this production. From now until you come to watch our show, I will be helping you to see Mary Poppins through different perspectives. I will cover some basic information about the history and story of Mary Poppins as well as bring in some information around the topic of magical moments. Hopefully, you…