'Mary Poppins' to soar at Camden Hills

Oct 31, 2019
Photo by: MARTI STONE PHOTOGRAPHY Two Berts and two Marys for Camden Hills’ “Mary Poppins” — from left are Bradlee Watts, Julianna Day, Wesley Henderson and Annabel Parker.

Rockport — The Camden Hills Regional High School musical “Mary Poppins” is taking flight this November. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16, at 7 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 10 and 17, at 2 p.m. What makes this show unique is the double-casting of the lead characters, giving more students a chance to embody the iconic roles; they switch every other night.

The timeless classic based on the series by P.L. Travers and produced with permission of Music Theater International (MTI), is set around London, and takes audiences on a magical adventure with the “practically perfect” nanny, Mary Poppins (Julianna Day, Annabel Parker) as she helps the Banks family “turn themselves right side up.”

Shows takes place in CHRHS’ Strom Auditorium, 25 Keelson Dr., Rockport. Tickets may be purchased online at stromtickets.com, by calling the box office at 236-7800, ext. 3282, and in person at the high school office after school. Advanced reserved seat tickets are $15, general admissions are $12 adults/$8 seniors, students. At the door, reserved seats are $18 and general admission are $14/10.

In the story, the whimsical nanny appears with the wind in response to an advertisement written by two “adorable” children, Jane Banks (Lorelei Rademacher, Maren Kinney) and Michael Banks (Preston Henderson, Adelaide Harbaugh), and takes the children on adventures in London with her jack of all trades companion, Bert (Bradlee Watts, Wesley Henderson) where they encounter dancing statues, the kind Bird Woman (Audrey Leavitt), the mysterious Mrs. Corry (Kate Kemper), life sized toys, the mean nanny Miss Andrew (Robyn Walker-Spencer), chimney sweeps, and a trip amongst the stars. All the while, the children’s parents, George (Kevin Bergelin) and Winifred (Aly Shook) must overcome their own set of problems, including George’s employment suspension at the behest of his boss, the Bank Chairman (Joshua Kohlstrom), and Winifred’s questioning of her role in the family. With some comic relief provided by the Banks' nosy housekeeper, Mrs. Brill (Elaine Landry), and houseboy, Robertson Ay (Ruben Feldman), the cast is completed with an ensemble that includes singers, dancers, and other named characters such as Katie Nanna (Alice Moskowitz), Miss Lark (Sophie Ernst), Admiral Boom (Nate Stanley), the Policeman (Leo Feldman), the Park Keeper (Abi Hammond), Neleus (Isaiah Doble), Mr. Von Hussler (Nigel Wilton), Mr. Northbrook (Caleb Edwards) and Valentine (Tanner Hilt).

The 2019 CHRHS production team includes Gretchen Henderson (stage director and choreographer), Joani Mitchell (accompanist, pit band director), Kim Murphy (choral director), Tom Heath and Rick Ash (tech directors), Jane Self (producer), Terri Ralston (hair and makeup advisor) and Heidi Kopishke (costume design).

Junior Thia Allen is the lead set designer and has been working on the project since before the school year began. Sophomore Oliver Worner will be working on lighting design with the Strom Tech Club. Junior Elias Porter will be running the sound including 20 wireless microphones. Junior Jasper Berryman-Moore is the lead carpenter and stage manager. Hair and makeup design is being headed up by Abi Hammond. Senior Cyndal Emerson is director’s assistant and in charge of prop acquisition, along with sophomore Brian Bland. Seniors Jan Low and Svea Delevett are assisting with costume design.

 

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