Chambersburg middle school presents 'Mary Poppins Jr.'
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” time is expected on stage this weekend when Chambersburg Area Middle School North’s Drama Club presents “Mary Poppins Jr.”
The show is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at the school, 1957 Scotland Ave., in Chambersburg. Tickets cost $8 and can be reserved by calling 717-264-7886.
The musical is based on the 1964 Walt Disney film that received 13 Academy Award nominations, and won five including Best Picture, Best Actress for Julie Andrews in the title role, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” as performed by Dick Van Dyke. Mary Poppins is widely considered to be Walt Disney’s crowning achievement, as it was Disney’s only film to gain a Best Picture nomination in his lifetime.
Other popular songs from the film include “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “The Perfect Nanny,” “Feed the Birds,” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.”
Playing the magical nearly perfect nanny in the CAMS version is Myleigh Snyder, 14, of Chambersburg. Myleigh, an eighth-grader, has been acting since she was in sixth grade and said she is a fan of the big screen version of “Mary Poppins.”
“It’s so refreshing to do different characters, fulfilling to go out there (on stage),” she said.
Playing opposite Myleigh is Karter Reath, 13, of Fayetteville, Pa.
Karter, who also is an eighth-grader, said he wasn’t particularly familiar with “Mary Poppins” before being cast as chimney sweep Bert, but has come to embrace the role.
“I’m not sure I’m as good as Dick Van Dyke, but I’m going to try,” he said, describing his character as “a silly guy.”
Emma Alley, of Fayetteville, plays harried mom Winifred Banks.
“She’s always dejected and struggles to be a mom,” the 14-year-old eighth-grader said.
Winifred’s husband, George, is played by Dominic Marangoni, 13, of Chambersburg.
“He thinks he knows everything,” Dominic, who is in eighth-grade, said of his character.
Dominic has been acting since sixth grade and said he likes acting because of the ability to build relationships with other people.
Emma said besides the familiarity with the storyline and music of the show, it’s worth coming to see “Mary Poppins.”
“It’s been a long time since Chambersburg has done a version of ‘Mary Poppins,” and we have great costumes and props.”
Karter agreed that the songs add to the show.
“It’s a good musical, (there’s) lots of talent and everyone gives it their all,” he said.
Myeligh, too, praised the level of talent in “Mary Poppins Jr.”
“These kids have a passion for this,” she said.
Top photo: Ryan Wible, left, plays Michael, Myleigh Snyder is Mary Poppins and Finley Vandevander plays Jane at "Mary Poppins Jr." at Chambersburg Area Middle School North. The show is staged Friday, Feb. 2, through Sunday, Feb. 4. (Photo by Amy Dulebohn)