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‘Mary Poppins’ drops in this week

Krystle Wagner • May 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM

FERRYSBURG — After months of rehearsals, the curtain is set to rise on the production of “Mary Poppins” at the West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics.

The productions will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the school’s theater. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students, and can be purchased at the door or online at www.westmichiganacademy.org.

When the musical was announced, Evan Bolla, who plays Bert, said he was “thrilled” because he likes the movie and felt it was a good production to celebrate his final show at the academy as an eighth-grader.

Eliana Bement brings to life Mary Poppins. Having played supporting roles in the past, the eighth-grader said taking on a main character’s role has led her to step outside her comfort zone. It has also given her the opportunity to sing more.

Since January, the cast has been hard at work learning lines, songs and choreography.

Eighth-grader Sophia Anderson said she’s proud of everyone’s efforts during the past few months. Anderson, who plays Jane Banks, said the entire cast has “clicked” and worked well together. She said the production has also given them a chance to develop closer relationships with their teachers.

Eighth-grader Cameron McKinnon said he’s grown close with the cast members, especially his peers who play his “family” in the show. McKinnon, who plays George Banks, said he wanted to be involved in the production because it’s a fun and magical story.

Cast members have also been involved in the school’s fall plays and musicals such as “Once Upon a Mattress” and “Annie Jr.” Anderson said she also participates in the Central Park Players’ productions.

One of the best parts of being involved in theater productions is seeing them progress from rehearsals to performances, Anderson said.

“Theater is a part of me, and I don’t know what I would do without it,” she said.

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