Noblesville student plays dream role in Mary Poppins

Kate Boice played Jane Banks in her second Beef & Boards production

INDIANAPOLIS – At just 14, Kate Boice of Noblesville is a teen of many talents. She is a certified scuba diver, participates in show choir, travel and speech team, and is a volunteer youth interpreter at Conner Prairie.

Yet somehow she finds time to perform in theatre.Kate Boice

“I have been in 17 productions,” Kate noted. “I love singing and dancing on stage!”

“I love to learn and grow,” she added. “Each show challenges me to try to grow my skills. I really enjoy the whole experience, from rehearsals to bringing the characters to life and connecting with other characters and seeing the audience’s experience of it.”

The recent Noblesville West Middle Schooler just finished playing Jane Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. The musical is based on the popular film.

“Playing Jane Banks was truly one of my dream roles! I was so excited to play her,” Kate remarked. “I grew up listening to the music so it has a special place in my heart. I have always wanted to be in this show because I grew up watching the movie and loved it!”

“I also love the story of how Walt Disney really wanted to buy the rights of the book to make a movie and how he and the creative team at the time brought it to life.”

This is not her first time on the Beef & Boards stage.

“I especially loved my first show at Beef & Boards because I got to be in it with my sister, which made it extra special. (We) performed at Beef & Boards for the first time in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (in 2017),” Kate noted.

Of course, other shows are particularly memorable as well.

Kate Boice“Some of my favorite roles are Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol at IRT because of the story and actors,” Kate remarked. “I always went every year with my family to the show. It was extra special to be cast in it and have my family come see the production. I also loved the Music Man and Matilda at Civic Theatre because of the incredible dancing and singing. They were very fun shows!”

For Kate, the hardest part about performing is when the show ends.

“I always feel sad because of the relationships built and the love of the show.”

She truly enjoying being part of the magical Mary Poppins production at Beef & Boards.

“I am beyond thrilled and grateful to be part of this incredible cast that was so supportive and kind,” Kate said. “This is truly a once in a lifetime experience that I will cherish forever. Opening night was a dream come true!”


She has hopes of one day being a psychologist. “I really love working with children and want to specialize in pediatrics.”

Kate is the daughter of Mark and Kristen Boice, Noblesville.

*Student Spotlight sponsored by Kluth-Richardson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

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