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Sing along to 'Mary Poppins'

A scene from the movie Mary Poppins, including Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Disney photo

A scene from the movie Mary Poppins, including Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Disney photo

Hope you have practically perfect pitch for this sing-along version of the classic Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, at the historic Tampa Theatre. Words will appear on screen for favorites like A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cher-ee and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (yes, we just spelled that out). And as you're crooning the lullaby Stay Awake, know that it was Andrews' favorite in the movie. She was so determined to nail the perfect soft voice that she did nearly 50 takes. Here are some more things to look for in the movie as you're belting it out:

• No CGI here: To interact with the animatronic robin, Andrews had yards of control wires hidden under her costume and running up her sleeve.

• Many of the nannies in the large queue of applicants at the start of the film were actually men in drag.

• The houses on Cherry Tree Lane were built on a diminishing scale, getting smaller as the lane progressed.

If you go: You're invited to dress up like characters in the movie for a costume parade before both screenings, at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $12, $10 children/seniors/members. The theater is at 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982.


Sing along to 'Mary Poppins' 06/18/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 5:13pm]
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