Canton-born girl performs in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” musical. At an age when many children are seeing a play for the first time in their lives, Alexandra Berro acts in them. Last year, the 10-year-old Canton native landed a Broadway role in the current production of Disney’s “Mary Poppins” in New York City.
Alexandra is one of three actresses who play “Jane Banks.” July will mark her 100th performance.
“It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “The cast is really nice. When I first saw it with my dad, I thought it be would be fun to be part of the play.”
Alexandra, who will be with the production through December, is the only child of Neil Berro, former executive director of the Canton Jewish Community Center, and his wife, Mackie. The family has a home in New Haven, Conn., but is living temporarily in Manhattan.
Alexandra attends a professional performing-arts elementary school in Manhattan, and also takes dance, singing and acrobatics classes. Her day that usually begins at 8:15 a.m., and frequently doesn’t end until the show does, around 10:30 p.m.
Before “Mary Poppins,” Alexandra performed in 15 regional theater productions including “Gypsy” and “Brundibar.”
Gift and opportunity
The curtain, she said, brings her more excitement than nerves, adding, “I love dancing and singing; I just love performing in front of an audience.”
Asked if she would like to pursue the arts professionally, Alexandra replied, “I plan to be the first woman president. If that doesn’t work out, an actress, a casting director, or a (veterinarian).”
“We’re going along for the ride,” said her mother, Mackie. “It’s been a good choice — a sacrifice, but it’s well worth it when you’ve been given this gift and opportunity.”
“I cried when I heard the news,” Neil Berro said. “When her ‘stage father’ graciously introduced Alexandra Berro as making her Broadway debut following the curtain calls, I could have flown higher than Mary Poppins. I wanted to tell all 1,700 theater-goers, ‘That’s my daughter!’ I settled for subtly worded emails to my closest 1,000 friends. It’s hard to imagine that by July she will have performed in her 100th show. It never gets old.”
SEE THE SHOW
Tickets for “Mary Poppins” are available at www.DisneyOnBroadway.com, the New Amsterdam Theatre box office, and all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling Ticketmaster’s Disney on Broadway hot line at (212) 307-4747. Prices range from $30 to $120. For group sales and information, call (800) 439-9000. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Check the Web site for holiday performance schedules.