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A Spoonful of Sugar

Meet the young talents now starring in ‘Disney's Mary Poppins' at Moonlight Amphitheater

By Kimberly Cunningham

A Spoonful of Sugar

A Spoonful of Sugar

Name: Abby DeSpain

Age: 10

Role: Jane Banks

Favorite snack? Probably… pretzels and M & M’s.

Must-have gadget? My iPod so I can listen to music.

What’s kind of music do you listen to? I just like just the Broadway soundtracks. I listen to those a lot.

Favorite Broadway musical? That is a hard one. I really like Wicked.

Do you have a favorite scene in Mary Poppins? I really like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” because that is the funnest number I get to do. It’s fast, and it’s just a lot of fun.

Do you do anything special to get ready before each show? Well… I like to be really early for the show. I like to have everything on, my wig on, my makeup on, so 10 minutes before the show, I am totally ready, so I have lots of time to chill.

How do you unwind afterward? After I get all my costumes off, and my wig off, and go say hi to my mom and everyone else that is there… it’s usually a pretty late night, and by the time I’m home, I’m usually half asleep. So I just get in bed, and after a few minutes, I’m out.

What do you want to be when you grow up? That’s a tricky question. There’s a lot of things I want to be when I grow up. An actress is definitely one of them. But I also really love to write, and want to be an author. And another thing I want to be is a marine biologist. I really love animals. And I love the water.

Secret to success? I would say to start at the beginning and follow your instincts. Always work hard. Do your best. And you’ll get there if you work hard. And it has to be fun!

A Spoonful of Sugar

A Spoonful of Sugar

Nate Carman and Abby DeSpain in Mary Poppins (photos by Ken Jacques) 

Name: Nate Carman

Age: 10

Role: Michael Banks

Favorite snack? I’d have to say I love nachos.

Must-have gadget? I’d have to say my iPad because I can read books on it and play games on it. I like Floppy Bird. (laughs)

What’s the coolest part about being in the show? It’s so cool hanging out with all the other people, and I think it’s really fun to go up the chimney. That’s kind of a new experience. I’ve never done that before. It’s a really cool thing, they have this elevator inside, but it’s not really an elevator. It’s a weight system, like a seesaw with pulleys.

Were you scared the first time you tried it? I was pretty scared, because if you’re standing in the wrong place, you could hit your head on one of the bars. But afterwards it got pretty fun.

Do you have a favorite moment in the show? My favorite moments is when Mr. Banks produces the kite, and then I run over to him and hug him. I just like it cause it’s kind of a heartwarming scene.

Do you do anything special to get ready before each show? Um. Not really. Sometimes I just play with friends or sit at home and rest.

How do you unwind afterward? I go home, sit on the couch, and sometimes my mom makes me popcorn.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Um… I think want to be an electrical engineer.

Do you know what an electrical engineer does? Yeah, they help fix problems in circuitry, like if a wire is out of place, they go and fix it on the circuit board and make sure everything’s running smoothly.

Secret to success?  I don’t really know. I mean, what I like to do in rehearsal is I don’t just work on the things I’m doing right, I work on the things I’m doing wrong, and then, I like to look back at the things I’m doing right and put it all together.

Disney’s Mary Poppins runs through August 2 at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista. For tickets, visit

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