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Pop in at Kearsarge High for a show

  • Hayden Christensen, as Bert, and Lily Magoon, as Mary Poppins, dance during rehearsal for "Mary Poppins" at Kearsarge Regional High School in North Sutton on Nov. 3, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Students rehearse a scene from "Mary Poppins" at Kearsarge Regional High School in North Sutton on Nov. 3, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Hayden Christensen, as Bert, sings with a broom prop during rehearsal for "Mary Poppins" at Kearsarge Regional High School in North Sutton on Nov. 3, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Mary Poppins, played by Lily Magoon, removes a hat stand from her bag during rehearsal for “Mary Poppins” at Kearsarge Regional High School in Sutton on Friday. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • The Banks family (left to right), played by Emilie Webster, Jakob Vedova, Patrick Seward and Katie Nowicki, run through a scene during rehearsal for “Mary Poppins.”



Monitor staff
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The Kearsarge Regional High School students will perform a full-length Broadway production of Mary Poppins using professional-level special effects.

In the play, magical nanny Mary Poppins (Lily Magoon) is tasked by George (Patrick Seward) and Winifred (Emilie Webster) Banks with taking care of their children, Jane (Katie Nowicki) and Michael (Jakob Vedova). Mary Poppins and her old friend, Bert (Hayden Christensen), take the kids on wondrous adventures through paintings and chimneys.

“The cast has young actors, aged from 7 to 18,” said director Sandy Nelsen.

“The students have been rehearsing six days a week for three months,” she said. “This process has been an amazing learning experience. This is the most technical show that I have produced and directed. I am extremely proud of the time and dedication of my cast who have been singing, dancing, acting, learning accents and blocking. It has been a true pleasure to work with this group of students.”

The bulk of the cast members have stopped at the elementary schools to teach the kids the choreography and lyrics to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” which will be sung by the young students at one of the matinee performances.

Many of the cast members are veterans of the stage and trained at the New London Barn Playhouse. Two members are recipients of the 2017 Center For the Arts Scholarships. Kaitlin Glidewell, one of the winners, worked with the NYC Rockettes last summer learning their extensive training. Several of the students are New London Barn Playhouse junior interns, a program where students perform the children’s series during the summer.

Flight training to allow actors to soar through the air was instructed by ZFX Flying Effects, based out of Kentucky. The company flies for various Broadway and off-Broadway productions internationally.

In this version of Mary Poppins, there is no laughing Uncle and no song “I Love to Laugh.” But, the nursery does come to life as the toys grow to adult size.

“You’ll have to see this to believe it. This production of Mary Poppins is a magical experience with song and dance that will keep you captivated,” Nelsen said.

Show dates are Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, and you can reserve tickets in advance by emailing senelson@kearsarge.org or purchase them at the door.