B-OHS thespians bring Disney musical, ‘Mary Poppins,’ to the stage in southwestern Minnesota
It was a spit spot supercalifragilisticexpialidocious performance by Butterfield-Odin Public High School (B-OHS) thespians as they brought the Disney musical, “Mary Poppins,” to the stage in southwestern Minnesota this past Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25.
The tale of Mary Poppins, Bert the Chimney Sweep, the Banks family, including parents George and Winifred and children Jane and Michael – along with the rest of the cast of characters – is based on a series of eight children’s books by P. L. Travers. Their story was told on the B-OHS gymnasium stage with Friday afternoon matinee and Friday and Saturday evening shows.
The storyline of Mary Poppins focuses around an English magic nanny named Mary Poppins who comes to work for a cold banker’s unhappy family. Mary flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children to make their home a happy home – and proceeds to put things right – with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers. She is blown by the East wind to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, London, and into the Banks household to care for their children.
From that point, encounters with sweeps, shopkeepers and various adventures follow until – with a happier father, Mr. Banks and less preoccupied mother, Mrs. Banks, at home, Mary abruptly “pops-out.”
With her work done, Mary flies away with Bert bidding her farewell, telling her not to stay away too long.
Well-known songs from the musical include, among others, “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “I Love to Laugh,” “Feed the Birds,” “Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, ” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,”and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.”
Taking the lead roles in the production was a duo of young talent, freshman Julie Saunders as Mary Poppins and eighth-grader Ethan Sykes in the role of Bert the Chimney Sweep.
Director the production is Lisa Shellum, with Sarah Cartwright as musical director.
“Mary Poppins” Cast and Crew
* Mary Poppins – Julie Saunders.
* Jane Banks – Mackenzie Blickem.
* Michael Banks – Devon Aguliar.
* George Banks – Dylan Hovdet.
* Winifred Banks – Hayley Johnson.
* Bert the Chimney Sweep – Ethan Sykes.
* Mrs. Brill the Banks’ family Housekeeper – Chelsea Sykes.
* Mrs. Corry – Kylie Fisch.
* Bird Woman – Krisana Xayaphonesongkham.
* Katie Nanna – Julia Hiebert.
* Robertson Ay the Banks’ family Butler – Aidan Hiebert.
* Neleus the Statue – Aaron Rodriguez.
* Miss Andrews – Brianna Ringen.
* Valentine – Brenda Rodriguez.
* Miss Lark – Heather Pankratz.
* Admiral Boom – Austin Heffele.
* Von Hussler – Glenda Hector.
* Northbrook – Danny Sanchez Ambrocio.
* Policeman – Austin Heffele.
* Queen Victoria – Mercedes Lenning.
* Fannie – Rachel Joramo.
* Annie – Kylie Fisch.
* Tannie – Kaliana Xayaphonesongkham.
* Dannie – Stephanie Kotten.
* Teddy Bear – Aaron Rodriguez.
* Cat – Stephanie Kotten.
* Doll – Elisabeth Pankratz.
* Park Keeper – Jordan Dougherty.
* Bank Chairman – LaMar Sengsouvanh.
* Bank Clerks – Elisabeth Pankratz, Madyson Heffele, Brenda Rodriguez, Kylie Fisch, Mercedes Lenning, Brianna Ringen, Krisana Xayaphonesongkham, Stephanie Kotten and Kaliana Xayaphonesongkham.
* Chimney Sweeps – Aaron Rodriguez, Rachel Joramo, Brianna Ringen, Brenda Rodriguez, LaMar Sengsouvanh, Elisabeth Pankratz, Madyson Heffele and Danny Sanchez Ambrocio.
* Stage Crew – Derek Meyer and Jordan Clark.
* Lights – Cody Steinbrink.
Below is a photo gallery from the show’s Friday afternoon matinee: