P.E. Wallace Middle School will present Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr. on Friday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, January 26 at 1:00 p.m. in the P.E. Wallace gym. Admission is free, but the students are accepting canned good/non-perishable pantry items that will be donated to Titus County Cares.
Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”
The production features Kate Ball as Mary Poppins, Jeffrey Bond as Bert, Christian Johnson as George Banks, Ayden Osterdock as Michael Banks, Danika Beckham as Jane Banks, Alivia Newman as Mrs. Brill, Evelyn Hernandez as Miss Andrew, Isaac Villarruel as Von Hussler, Julian Chancellor as John Northbrook, Melanie Logue as Neleus & Miss Smythe, Patty Gonzales as Bird Woman, Rolston Morton as Robertson Ay, Claire Muskrat as Mrs. Corry, Sedera Lampard as Winifred Banks, and Dawson Hernandez as policeman. The Wallace 6th grade choir classes, 6th grade theatre classes, and the 5th grade Honor Choir serve as members of the chorus.
The musical is under the direction of Diane Swiger, Wallace 6th grade choir & theatre teacher with the invaluable creative input & assistance from Josh Miles, Wallace/MPJH music teacher; Crystal Peel, MPJH theatre teacher; Jace Sturgill, MPHS theatre teacher; Nancy Vines, MPHS choir director; Jared Erickstad, MPJH teacher, and Wallace parent, Sarah Bond.