So listen to me when I say this and I’m not even exaggerating. And probably most every person that was sitting in the audience at Eastport South Manor Jr. Sr. High School tonight would agree with me. This year’s production of Mary Poppins truly was, practically perfect in every way.
Granted, I grew up in the 80s and 90s. And somehow I think that this simple fact makes me a candidate for being of the generation that loved the movie, Mary Poppins. My sisters and I would watch it over and over. When my mom came to visit a few years ago, we went to see it on Broadway. And all that to say that I truly do love this musical and was completely blown away watching it at our high school this evening.
This post is pretty picture heavy. And it’s now past midnight (the play was about three hours long). But I know myself and if I don’t do this now, it will probably never happen. So for the most part, I’m just going to share some of my favorite shots from the night, with a little bit of commentary here or there.
So this is the first, but by no means the last time that I absolutely have to say a little something about Mary Poppins. Because she just happens to be the amazing daughter of my beautiful friend Allison, whom I worked with at Over the Rainbow Preschool years ago. I was so excited when she shared the news that her amazing Avery would be starring the lead role. And watching Avery tonight, I don’t think that there could be a more perfect fit.
Every single student did an outstanding job playing their roles. We come from a community that values and invests in the arts and it completely shows in every production that our school put out. And I love this. Because all students have their own unique gifts and talents and giving the ones who are talented musicians and actors and actresses a platform… well that is a beautiful and powerful thing.
Oh, how I loved this song. Actually, I really loved them all.
And now a quick word about Bert, the talented young man who played him. He also truly fit his role and it was an absolute joy watching him as he led us throughout the musical. Well done, Bert, well done!
If you’ve seen Mary Poppins you know that this would be the “Feed the Birds” scene. This wonderful young woman sang so beautifully that it made tears come to my eyes. It was a very powerful moment in the musical and it was done so well.
All throughout the play, Mary was fun and engaging. It really was a delight to see and hear the ways that she brought this role to life.
And of course, the highlight of the night was seeing Mary fly! She did it quite a few times and every time it truly was magical.
Bert flew too and that was pretty awesome as well. And seriously, shout out to whomever was responsible for safely flying both Mary and Bert. Which brings me to the point where I’d also love to give credit to everyone behind the scenes. Your work was flawless and you kept the musical moving so smoothly. Thank you as well for your hours of hard work that went in to the success of this production!
Oh, the energy of this evening was powerful. These kids are all Jr. and Sr. High students, which I had to keep reminding myself of. Watching them execute each step and song to perfection was truly a work of art.
What more can I say?
Tonight’s performance was truly a gift. It was the third of four, with the last being tomorrow at 1:00pm at Eastport South Manor’s theatre. I know there a some seats that are still available and if you’re able, you should totally check it out. If you love a good musical, you will not be disappointed.
Congratulations to everyone who had their hand in making this year’s Mary Poppins a great, great success! Watching this performance was truly a delight and I could not have been more thrilled with how amazing you all did!