A spoon­ful of fun

Youth theater group to present ‘Mary Pop­pins, Jr.’

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6002

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 pottsvil­legtcthe­ater@gmail.com or visit them on Face­book at Pottsville GTC Theater Pro­gram.

ANDY MATSKO / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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.

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