Paoli Junior Senior High School drama students performed "Mary Poppins" December 1st - December 3rd. Directed by English teacher Maria Wishart, the Paoli Drama students worked tirelessly for about 6 weeks, until it was time to perform.
Mary Poppins, played by Angel Pierce, getting ready to tuck Michael and Jane Banks, played by Grayson McGowen and Julianne Keen, into bed. "I find myself in her [Mary Poppins] shoes on a daily basis in some ways--trying to help children see the world in a different way, trying to help bring out their best qualities and leave behind their worst, trying to help them learn to solve their own problems," said Wishart.
Miss Andrew, played by Maggie McGowen, and Mrs. Brill, played by Lily Thompson.
20 people auditioned for Mary Poppins, but one had to drop out, and a total of 6 people also were chosen to help prepare dances and other scenes.
Angel Pierce and Keegan Anderson (Mary Poppins and Bert)
Grayson McGowen playing Michael Banks
Practices started October 10th, and lasted about 6 weeks, and rehearsals lasted from 3:30 to 4:30. Dress rehearsals began November 28th.
Chase Meehan as Mr. Banks
There was about 75 people at each performance . ¨ I was very pleased. It turned out beautifully,¨ said Wishart.
Pierce reading the Bank's letter for their new nanny.