York County’s Ryan Gibbs helps produce ‘Mary Poppins’ tour, which stops in Hershey this week

Submitted photo of ‘Mary Poppins’ tour

Ryan Gibbs wasn’t caught in the recent post-Thanksgiving retail rush. The York County native said all was normal as he walked the streets of Montreal, where people celebrate Thanksgiving in October. While Gibbs’ wife and mom braved holiday crowds at the Lancaster outlets, his mind was on chimney sweeps, umbrellas and all things supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Making magic on stage is part of a day’s work for Gibbs, the production stage manager on the Broadway tour of “Mary Poppins.” Gibbs oversees other stage managers and runs what happens backstage. He cues lights, scenery and characters into action.

“We’re air traffic controllers,” he joked. In addition, he prepares rehearsal spaces and schedules. He teaches understudies the show. Read the rest of the interview.

If you go:
See “Mary Poppins” Tuesday through Dec. 9 at the Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey. The Broadway tour of the popular children’s book and movie plays 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Dec. 6; 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets start at $29. For details and tickets, call 717-534-3405 or visit www.hersheytheatre.com. Hershey Theatre is offering an ASL interpreted performance for the deaf and hard of hearing 1 p.m. Dec. 9. For assistance, call Hershey’s TTY number at 717-534-8955.

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