Mary Poppins!

I first saw the movie, Mary Poppins, years ago at the drive-in theater.  I fell in love with it then, and I still love the movie.  This week I got to see it on stage.  Performed by almost professional people.  High school students.  I was amazed at the professionalism.  Of course, I am not at all prejudiced, seeing as we had a granddaughter performing in the musical.

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They had four performances and we went to the Saturday afternoon show.

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It was a packed, sold out crowd.

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The children were high school students.  Hard to believe that little girl is a freshman in high school.  I thought they had gotten a couple of children to play the Banks children, but no, it was students from the high school.   They were so good in their parts.  That young lady in the hat?  What a voice.  She blew us all away with her singing.

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Here is Mary Poppins with the Banks children and Bert, the chimney sweep.  See those statues behind them?   Three girls stood for long periods of time in one position.   I don’t know how they did it.

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Let’s go fly a kite…..

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Up to the highest height……

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Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring…….

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Though her words are simple and few, “Listen, listen”, she’s calling to you.  “Feed the birds, tuppence a bag.  Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag.”

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Now as the ladder of life has been strung, you may think a sweep’s on the bottommost rung.

Though I spends me time in the ashes and smoke,

In this  ‘ole wide world there’s no happier bloke.

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Step in time.  Never need a reason……..So many on the stage and they didn’t run into each other!

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Bert does a flip in midair!  Wow.

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During one song, the audience participated by waving penlights in the air.  It was magical.

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See that young lady in the glasses?  That’s our granddaughter.  She is becoming quite comfortable on the stage.

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The young man sitting here who played George Banks that day was only a stand in and had not gone through the entire play.  The original Mr. Banks was having trouble with his throat.  This guy did an amazing job.  You would not have known he hadn’t been practicing for weeks.  Like I said, professionalism.

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The costumes were so pretty.

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The stage crew did an amazing job of changing the scenery.

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Taking a final bow.  The audience gave them a standing ovation and they deserved it.

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Our son proudly posing with our grandson and granddaughter.   Look, his son is as tall as his dad and he’s only an eighth grader. Our granddaughter’s “little brother.”

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Our younger grandson, who I am sure we will be seeing on stage in the future.  His dad was in several musicals when he was in school and in college.  It comes naturally.

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Such a wonderful day.  I cannot wait to see the next musical this school produces.  Nice to be with family too.

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Oh, I didn’t tell you Bert and my granddaughter are boyfriend and girlfriend.

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They are so cute together.  And the best thing about them is they are great young people with high ideals.  He’s a senior so this is his last musical.

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It was a delightful, fun, exciting, and heart warming musical and I am so glad I got to see it. Bye.

 

 

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