Mary Poppins - National Tour

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Mary Poppins Tour Star Con O’Shea-Creal Explains How to Find the Best Chinese Food on the Road and More Tips

Con O’Shea-Creal, who stars as Mary Poppins' lovable chimney sweep Bert in the national tour of the hit show, knows how to tap dance upside down. He also knows how to find his way around a new town as he tours North America in the hit show. We asked for his tips and tricks for mastering life on the road. Find out what the actor had to say about efficient packing, dream cars and finding the best local Chinese food below.

The most efficient packing lessons I’ve learned are:
Stuff your socks in your shoes. Twenty T-shirts are too many. If you didn't wear it before you went on the road, you're probably not going to wear it while you're on the road.

The fantasy vehicle I wish I could travel from city to city in:
I wouldn't mind motoring about the country in James Bond's Aston Martin.

The first thing I do when I check into a hotel room is:
I have to unpack. I put my clothes in the dresser and hang up my collared shirts. When we stay at certain newfangled hotels that don't have dressers, then I'm in trouble! I also like to remove all things that remind me I'm in a hotel room, such as all the hotel cards and pamphlets around the room and room service forms. I also hide the complimentary shampoo and conditioner and use my own.

The most important thing to avoid in a new city:
Bad Chinese food. The Chinese restaurants recommended by the local union stagehands are always the best. Those guys always know the coolest spots around the theater for food, but specifically Chinese.

The quickest way to make a dressing room feel like home:
I have a collection of old books that I like to read while on the road. In every city, I set them up and use old antique bookends to keep them in place at my dressing table.

See O’Shea-Creal when Mary Poppins comes to Orlando's Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre from January 8 through January 13.

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