“Mary Poppins” is coming

Look out Sheridan High, the world’s favorite nanny is coming to town. This March, Sheridan High School is putting on a production of “Mary Poppins.”

The audition turnout was high this year as many students from all grades wanted to be a part of the production.

Director Marva Kraft said, “It’s exciting to see so many students come and try out.” There are now over 80 cast and crew members.

Much of the excitement comes from the fact that the rights for “Mary Poppins” were only recently released. This is exciting for theatre groups because most open source plays have been used before, and “Mary Poppins” is fresh and ready for production.

Given the success and widespread cultural impact, largely due to the Disney movie of the same name, “Mary Poppins” is a new show for many theatrical groups, including Sheridan High School. Freshman Elijah White  said, “It’s great to be a part of this; it’s a lot of fun.”

How will the SHS production pull of the element of the magic and fantasy of the production?

Director Marva Kraft said, “We have a guy in town that’s a magician, he’s on our team, and so some of the magic on the show is being worked up by a professional.”

“Mary Poppins” is the story of two children and a very unique nanny. Adapted from the book by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins meets kids devoid of imagination and brings them to magical, fun places, at least, until the parents got in on the fun, and she’s no longer needed.

Mary’s best is the jolly chimneysweep Bert who narrates the story.

Then our dear nanny is off to help some other children in need. While her stories continue in the books, Mary Poppins’ most popular adventure remains on the stage.

As for playing the difficult role of Mary Poppins, junior Sarah Campbell is enthusiastic, “It’s really exciting and scary; she’s practically perfect, and she knows it, but she incorporates it into the way she teaches, and finds a way to make it come off in a good way.”

The play features junior Sarah Campbell as Mary Poppins, Senior Adam Berry as Burt, junior Morgan Parker as Mrs. Banks, freshman Elijah White as Mr. Banks, and senior Adam Berry as Bert.

Mary Poppins opens Wednesday, March 11 and tickets are on sale now.