A spoonful of fun
Youth theater group to present ‘Mary Poppins, Jr.’
Ayouth theater group is set to dazzle audiences next weekend with a play in the city that one might describe as, well, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
The Pottsville Gymnastics & Theatrical Program will be presenting its take on “Mary Poppins, Jr.” at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at D.H.H. Lengel Middle School, 1541 Laurel Blvd., Pottsville. Tickets are $15 and are available at the venue, according to Sandy Kost-Sterner, volunteer director at the PGTC Theater Program.
The musical, Kost-Sterner said, is a scaled-down version of the award-winning Broadway production, which was based on the hugely popular 1964 Disney film “Mary Poppins” featuring Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins and Dick van Dyke as Bert, which itself was based on the book series by P.L. Travers. The show is great for families and people of all ages, she added.
“Our youngsters in this production are so excited to tell the story of Mary Poppins and have been working very hard for the past six weeks,” KostSterner said. “I wanted to share this beautiful, cheerful show with everyone in our area and hope they will come out to see the show and support these young performers doing something that they love to do! What makes the event a success is the combined help also of the parents of the cast members who are doing a fantastic job getting all the ‘behind the scenes’ things ready for the show. Often their help goes unnoticed but their help is appreciated not only by myself, but by their children in the show.”
This weekend, however, children are invited to come add a spoonful of sugar to their tea at a Tea Party with Mary, to be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday
in the banquet hall at Pioneer Farms in Orwigsburg, Kost-Sterner said. The cost to enter is $10, and kids will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Mary, played by Riley McDonald, 13, and other cast members. Young attendees will receive a Poppins tea cup and saucer as a souvenir, she added.
Aside from McDonald, other performers include Kayla Ghergel, 10, playing Jane; Bo McDonald, 10, as Michael; Eden Wanzie, 11, as Bert; Thomas Propisil, 15, as George Banks, and Madeline Wittig, 15, as Winifred Banks, father and mother of Jane and Michael, respectively; and about 40 other youngsters from Schuylkill, Carbon and Northumberland counties, Kost-Sterner said.
The production staff includes KostSterner, Robin Stutzman, Bruce Marianelli, Savannah Miller and Alexa Gauvreau.
“Each show that Pottsville GTC Theater Program does has a motto. For this show it is ‘Go on, chase your dreams. You won’t regret it. Anything can happen if you let it!’ ” Kost-Sterner said.
For more information on “Mary Poppins, Jr.,” email email@example.com or visit them on Facebook at Pottsville GTC Theater Program.
The Pottsville Gymnastics and Theatrical Center will present “Mary Poppins, Jr.” at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at D.H.H. Lengel Middle School. Members of the cast include, front, from left, Bo McDonald, 10, of Orwigsburg, portraying Michael Banks; Kayla Gherghel, 11, of Orwigsburg, portraying Jane Banks; back, Thomas Pospisil, 15, of Schuylkill Haven, portraying George Banks; Madeline Wittig, 15, of Frackville, portraying Winifred Banks.