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Snap! WJZ Anchor Transforms Into ‘Mary Poppins,’ Now Playing At The Hippodrome

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—There’s magic in the air at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. That’s because Mary Poppins is snapping her fingers as the hit musical fills our city with wonder.

As Mary Bubala reports, the costume designers are allowing another Mary to fill her shoes.

“Mary Poppins,” the hit Broadway musical, brings to life a vibrant tale of a nanny who ushers change into the lives of the Banks family.

Can you imagine filling her shoes even for a day?

It all starts in hair and makeup.

Show makeup and hair stylist Hailei Call says the magic of Mary Poppins’ hair is that it’s a practically perfect wig secured in place by many bobby pins.

The other touch is Mary Poppins’ signature lip color.

With the help of costume designers, WJZ’s Mary Bubala transformed into Mary Poppins.

“From the little black boots, the umbrella, the bright blue outfit with a bow tie and hat to top it off. If only I could sing and dance,” Bubala said.

The real star, Rachel Wallace, makes the perfect Mary Poppins because she brings the costume to life.

“I am in several layers of tights. I am in a corset. I am in bloomers. I am in two different skirts, three different shirts, coats over it,” Wallace said. “It’s both wonderful and challenging for me, and I love sharing the story. I love sharing it with kids in the audience, but I also love sharing it with adults.”

“Mary Poppins” is at the Hippodrome for two weeks through Sunday, May 6. Tickets are still available.

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