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story and photos by Stephen Dafoe / Videography by Hunter Deveau
The songs of Richard and Robert Sherman, made popular in Walt Disney’s 1964 movie Mary Poppins, came alive on the cultural centre stage Dec. 2 and continues Thursday and Friday night.
Mary Poppins (played by Elizabeth Turner) is a magical nanny in the works of P. L. Travers. She finds herself on Cherry Tree Lane in London where she is employed by the Banks family (played by Mitchell Fraser and Kali MacDonald) to look after their children Jane and Michael (played by Michaela Siemens and Scott Piec).
Morinville Community High School has assembled a cast of 30 and a crew of 14 to put on the production, along with vocal coaches Riley Quinn and former MCHS student Rory Turner.
Co-director Vanessa King said she was pleased with the work and efforts put into this year’s production.
“It’s been a very challenging show – to be honest – because the set is so demanding,” King said. “There’s six or seven different locations, and they all had to be built. The hardest part over the last week has been getting the crew to learn all the different sets and putting it together in 20 seconds. They’ve nailed it. It’s very impressive.”
King said the production began the second week of September with auditions and that those involved worked tirelessly since that time in preparation for Wednesday’s first performance and the two that follow this week.
Mary Poppins rus Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. doors open at 6:30 and tickets are $10 per person.