|Mary Poppins will take stage at FC|
The world’s most beloved nanny is soaring into Floyd Central High School this March!
The Floyd Central Theatre Arts production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS is set to hit the stage March 6-15. Featuring the iconic music and characters from the classic movie as well as some new surprises, this production is a practically perfect family outing!
Based on the stories of P.L Traverse, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s version of MARY POPPINS follows the residents of Number 17, Cherry Tree Lane as a mysterious nanny turns their lives upside down and helps them discover the importance of family. The jack-of-all trades, Bert (played by freshman Mitchell Lewis), introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane (Lola White) and Michael (Ruby Miller) have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins (senior Madeline Coffey) arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the family 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 she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.” Through the intervention of Mary, Bert, and their mysterious comrades, George (senior Adam Cantrell) and Winifred Banks (sophomore Sarah Denison) rediscover the meaning of family and find a fresh start with their children, Jane and Michael.
Floyd Central’s production features a talented group of some of the school’s most advanced performers. “The cast is one of the strongest we have had in recent memory,” says Director of Theatre Arts, Robbie Steiner. “One of the most exciting aspects of the cast is that it does not just feature our oldest students; we have a great representation of students of all ages throughout the leading and ensemble roles.” The cast, which includes freshmen through seniors as well as two elementary students, has been rehearsing since early January. “I am really excited to be working with new and old friends,” says the show’s leading lady, Madeline Coffey. “Everyone is so enthusiastic and talented that I often forget that many are quite a bit younger than me. I am thrilled for the future of Floyd Central Theatre.”
It certainly takes more than a spoonful of sugar to create a production this elaborate. Among many of the delightful treats audiences can expect at the show, the rigorous musical numbers are sure to be highlights. The production will feature some of the iconic choreography from the Broadway production of MARY POPPINS as well as original choreography by Megan Bliss. “The choreography is very physically demanding,” says Mitchell Lewis, who plays Bert. “I enjoy a challenge. The rehearsal process is very rigorous and the dances are very fun and energetic.”
The show’s leads are certainly not the only ones who are rising the challenges of this show. The ensemble consists of approximately 40 high schoolers that play everything from chimney sweeps to bank clerks. “I think it is challenging to play so many different characters and it pushes us to become more versatile performers,” says senior Carly Franklin, Dance Captain and ensemble member.
Audiences can expect a visually stunning show, with sets, costumes, and backdrops created exclusively for Floyd Central’s production. The Floyd Central Technical Theatre students are busy constructing one of the most extensive sets ever seen on the Floyd Central stage. With all-day work sessions each Saturday throughout the months of January and February, these students are creating everything from a multi-story version of the Banks house to the expansive rooftops of London with the assistance of Director/Designer Robbie Steiner and Technical Assistants Patrick Jump and Ben Hawkins. Floyd Central is proud to be premiering brand new LED and intelligent lighting equipment for this production that is sure to enhance future shows at the school. Junior Matthew Barnett is the show’s lighting designer and is responsible for creating fantastic visuals with a completely new fleet of lighting fixtures, including some of the newest technology on the market. Junior Layla Aemmer is the show’s Stage Manager and junior Sam Sims is the Sound Designer. Wardrobe Manager Vicki Hays and her team of seamstresses are in the process of building over 150 new costumes for this production. Floyd Central is also proud to be collaborating with Theatre World Backdrops to premiere some of their brand new backdrops in the production. In addition to sets, costumes and lights, the students of Floyd Central will also be working with ZFX Flying Effects to create some thrilling special effects for the show. Audiences can look forward to lots of magic with these spectacular effects that are unlike anything that has ever been produced on the Floyd Central stage.
Of course, everyone in the audience will recognize many of the iconic songs from the beloved Disney film. Musical Director Angela Hampton and Assistant Musical Director David Stone began working with the cast at the beginning of the year on the complex musical score. The show’s orchestra, under the baton of Jon Ledgerwood, consists of both Floyd Central students and adult musicians. Senior Liam Resener is the show’s Conducting Apprentice and will be leading the orchestra on several songs. Additional featured performers include senior Mary Hayes as the evil Miss Andrew, senior Bonnie Hopkins as the Bird Woman, junior Arielle Conrad as Mrs. Brill, senior Ryan Bickett as Robertson Ay, junior Henry Miller as Neleus, and sophomore Morgan Prentiss as Mrs. Corry. Floyd Central’s production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Tickets are on sale now and are available online at www.floydcentraltheatre.org or by calling the box office at (812) 542-2284.