Mary Poppins script
Mary Poppins (1964)
Synopsis: When Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber), the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews). Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents (David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns).

(Michael and Jane move centerstage.)

I’m sorry we lost Katie Nanna, Father. You see it was windy and the kite was too strong for us.

In a manner of speaking, it was a runaway kite, not runaway children.

Mr Banks:
Thank You constable. I think I can manage this now.

Actually it wasn’t a very good kite. We made it ourselves. Perhaps if you helped us to make one?

Well that sounds like a good idea.

Mr Banks:
Yes, yes, constable. I think that’s enough. I can manage from here. Have a good evening. Now if you don’t mind. (Crossing behind Jane and Michael to stage right, motions the constable out the door and shuts it.)

Mr Banks:
Ellen! (Ellen enters stage left and curtseys) Take Michael and Jane to the nursery.

(curtseying) Yes sir! (mumbling as she goes over to Jane and Michael and leads them off stage left) I knew it. When all’s said and done, who bears the brunt of everything around here? Me that’s who! They don’t want an honest good working girl around here. They need a bloomin’ zookeeper.

(Mr Banks – gets his newspaper and sits down in his chair, upstage right.)

Mrs Banks:
I’m sorry dear. When I chose Katie Nanna, I thought she was going to be firm with the children.

Mr Banks:
You’ve taken on 6 nannies in the last four months, and they’ve all been disasters! We need one who will be firm, respectable, and take no nonsense. She must act like a general who gives commands, lays down rules and ensures discipline at all times.

(Jane and Michael enter from stage left and come to center stage)

Father, we are really sorry about what we did today. It was wrong to run away from Katie Nanna.

Mr Banks:
You’re right, you shouldn’t have.

And we do so want to get on with the new nanny.

Mr Banks:
Very sensible. I shall be glad to have your help in the matter.

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Don DaGradi

Don DaGradi (1911 – August 4, 1991) was a Disney writer who started out as a layout artist on 1940s cartoons including "Der Fuehrer's Face" in 1943. He eventually moved into animated features with the film Lady and the Tramp in 1955. He also worked as a color and styling or sequence consultant on many other motion pictures for Disney. His greatest achievement was for his visual screenplay for Mary Poppins in 1964 for which he shared an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay with Bill Walsh. Don DaGradi died August 4, 1991, in Friday Harbor, Washington. He was named a Disney Legend posthumously, only months after his death. more…

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