Elizabeth Golden is honored to be co-directing Mary Poppins Jr. for Robertson County Player’s season this year! She has been involved in theatre in one way or another since 8th grade, and has since fostered that passion into forging her career. She has spent time performing onstage at several theatre companies in the region, including Godspell at Lipscomb University, The Rock at CoPlayers Theatre, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Actor’s Point Theatre. You may have seen her onstage here at RCP in Footloose as Urleen/Ensemble, and in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as The Beggar Woman. In addition to performance, she has a newfound love of directing. In the past year, she has Assistant Directed Academy Grimm with Beech High School, worked with students to cultivate theatre skills at Hendersonville High School, directed several short scenes through Lipscomb’s directing pathway, directed Shining Stars Kids Camp (CoPlayers Theatre), and has made her directorial debut of a full length play with The Outsiders (Robertson County Players). She is currently studying Theatre Education at Lipscomb University while working in classrooms across Middle Tennessee to inspire others to express themselves through the medium of theatre.
Elizabeth says “Mary Poppins is a story that has touched my heart since I first dove into her magical world as a child. The central theme of this production is to foster the imagination that comes to us so naturally as children, but seem to forget as we age. There is a beautiful honesty that comes with the Junior production. These children, playing adults who have forgotten how to be children, creates a powerful message for viewers that follow them outside the walls of our theater. Among the chimney sweeps, parrot umbrellas, and magic carpet bags comes inspiration in the form of wonder, excitement and joy. Thank you for coming along this journey with us! We cannot wait to get to know each and every one of our campers as we set off on a journey of imagination and fun!
Easton Curtis is our other co-director for Mary Poppins Jr! He began performing at a community theatre in the 7th grade and has since then gone on to perform, record, and design with many companies in the area. Some of his previous performances include Godspell at Lipscomb University, The Barefoot Children in the City of Ward at The Theater Bug, and Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Grand Ole Opry/National Tour. He has also recorded for many MTI and Tams-Witmark licensing recordings such as West Side Story S.E. as Tony; Aladdin Jr. as Aladdin, Newsies as Elmer, and more (as a matter of fact, he is the voice of Neleus in the MTI tracks for Mary Poppins Jr.)! Easton is currently working on Lipscomb University’s production of Blood Wedding as a member of the cast and the music composition team, and he’ll appear this May/June in Studio Tenn’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. You may have seen him in RCP’s recent mounting of The Outsiders, in which he played Dally and designed the set; or in our production of Footloose last summer as Chuck Cranston. He is currently at Lipscomb University as a major in Musical Theatre with a secondary emphasis in Directing. Passionate in all facets of the theatre arts, Easton founded CoPlayers Theatre in Spring of 2017, and has since passed the company on to the incredible Leslie Marberry.
Here’s a note from Easton: “I’m so very excited to begin working with the campers on this endearing, sweet, profound show. Mary Poppins has always had a special place in my heart; I would watch the 1964 film every time I visited my grandmother’s house as a small child. After seeing a production of the musical version a few years ago, I was enthralled. This show is so rich with hard truths and reminders that humans needn’t be all that serious. Yes, being responsible and dutiful is necessary to be a functional and contributing member of society; but so is having fun. So is being a child in your heart, and so is seeing the wonder and beauty in the little things! So is imagination, so is believing in yourself, and so is love. This is the message that Mary teaches us; and I’m delighted to start working and having fun with our stellar campers of all ages and experience levels! The staff is already hard at work preparing a magical experience for the community. I guess the only word to describe my excitement is...‘supercalifragilisticexpialodocious’! See you soon!”
For information about 2019's Summer Kids Camp, please visit https://www.robertsoncountyplayers.org/2019-kids-camp