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ConVal drama to perform ‘Mary Poppins, Jr.’

  • ConVal drama plans to present “Mary Poppins, Jr.” on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Lucy HurlinTheatre at ConVal High School in Peterborough. Courtesy Photo—


Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:18AM

ConVal drama plans to present “Mary Poppins, Jr.” on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Lucy Hurlin Theatre at ConVal High School in Peterborough.

Tickets are available at cvlht.com and at the door for $5.

“Mary Poppins Jr.” is presented in association with ConVal Summer Academy and features the fifth annual collaboration between ConVal High School, Great Brook Middle School and South Meadow Middle School. Students coming into 5th-12th grades participated in a four week course to put together this 60-minute version of the Broadway production.

Originally published by P.L. Travers in 1934, the 1964 movie version garnered 13 Academy Award Nominations, the most for any Disney film. Adapted for the stage in 2004, the stage version melds the delightfully catchy tunes of the film with additional stories from the books. Classic songs such as “Jolly Holiday,” “Spoonful of Sugar,” and the Academy Award Winning “Chim Chim Cher-ee” are joined by several new additions from the Broadway production like “Practically Perfect” and “Anything Can Happen.” This fresh and magical presentation is just the ticket for family fun on a warm summer afternoon or evening.

ConVal District students performing in “Mary Poppins, Jr.” are: Alexis Cleary, Katorina Keenan and Mary Quintanilha of Bennington, Brynn Frosch of Antrim, Haley Serafine of Francestown, Alanna Batty of Greenfield, Abby Theberge of Hancock, Clara Christensen, Grace Christensen, Miranda Craig, Alissa Cutting, Chloe Griggs, Cheyenne Heinselman, Liliana Juarez, Gabrielle Klaessig, Daniel McCall, Mackenzie Mullins, Sean Roberts and Inaya Vaidya of Peterborough, and Paulina Allen of Temple. Josh Ellis, Miranda Ellis, Ruthana Ellis and Avery Swasey of Peterborough, along with Ryan Jackson, Petra McLay and Priscilla St. Pierre of Antrim are designing and implementing all technical elements. Former ConVal students Cassie Cutting ‘15 (music and choreography) and Michael Zrzavy ‘17 (lighting, sound, sets), both of Peterborough, are assisting as student mentors. The musical is directed by Rachel Diemler, Brian Moore and Elizabeth Moore.

The musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and book by Julian Fellowes.

New songs and additional music and lyrics are by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The musical was co-created by Cameron Mackintosh.