Leland and Gray Players present 'Mary Poppins'
Among the show's many cherished tunes are: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," " Let's Go Fly a Kite," " Chim Chim Cher-ee," " Jolly Holiday," "A Spoonful of Sugar," and "Feed the Birds."
"Mary Poppins" features juniors Fairen Stark in the title role and Sarah Anderson as Bert; senior Kenny Cashman and sophomore Caroline Mehner as Mr. and Mrs. Banks and freshman Abbie Hazelton and Abby Coyne (grade 5) as their children. Senior Becca Williams is Mrs. Brill and freshman Luke Parker-Jennings is Robertson Ay. The ensemble is rounded out by Annika Crego and Emma Kelly (grade 7), Evelyn Swim, Hope Thibault, Allison Teitelbaum, Spencer Butynski and Sylvia Stark (grade 8); freshmen Alice Coyne, Dakota Gervais, Kirsten Munson, Christian Cannella; sophomore Veronica Stevens, junior Emily Frost and senior and Adam Culver.
Senior Anna Cate Harrison is crew captain assisted by senior Caleb Dagg and juniors Jillian Carona and Hunter Leavitt. Senior Josh Garland is lighting captain and senior Sage Hall is sound captain. Players' alumna Abby Wicker is costumier assisted by freshman Pia Burke, and exchange students Beatrice Popusoi and Kelsey Oh. Players' technical director is Paul Madalinski assisted by Hunter Leavitt and student set builders Peter Broussard, Jake Porter, Ty Squiers-Restino and Chris Privee. Penny Tuerk, and other Players' parents are volunteering behind the scenes.
L&G Players' Rowan leads, assisted by Mehner; stage management is by Dakota Gervais; music direction is shared by Dan Dewalt and James Pecsok and the pit band features award-winning alumna, Karlie Kauffeld; high school music teacher Rene Bernard; Dewalt; Pecsok, junior Max Spicer on percussion. Choreography is by Sarah Grasso, Ben Ashley and Sarah Forfa assisted by student Veronica Stevens. Set is designed by Rowan and junior Anna Cate Harrison. Annie Landenberger is production consultant.
"Mary Poppins" runs tonight, at 7 p.m.; Friday, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, at 3 p.m., in Leland and Gray's Dutton Gymnasium. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and 62 plus. All refreshments and delicacies are by donation. For more information and to reserve in advance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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