Saturday, November 14, 2015

Zizzers Fly High with Mary Poppins

by Pa Rock
Supporter of the Arts

Mary Poppins, the musical, is currently in production here locally.  The West Plains High School Dramatic Theatre Company is staging the show at the historic Avenue Theatre for one weekend only (Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday afternoon and evening.)  I had the pleasure of enjoying it last night in a packed house.

Mary Poppins is great theatre fare for the entire family, and the young people from the local school presented a flawless version that had people in the audience humming and singing along with the familiar musical numbers.  The show, steeped in enthusiasm, is very engaging.

This musical is one that has room for an expansive cast, giving anyone with an urge to act the opportunity to do so.  There were a couple of times during the performance when there were as many as twenty-five people on stage at a time.  And they sang, and they danced, and a couple even tap danced!

One surprise novelty of the evening was when one of the young actors came out on stage during the intermission and performed magic tricks.  He was quite the entertainer.

I couldn't help thinking of West Plains native Dick Van Dyke as I watched the show last night.  It was Mr. Van Dyke who played the role of Bert, the chimney sweep, in the movie.  I know that he would have enjoyed our local talent and their fine production - just as I did.

Great work, Zizzers!   You were supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - and practically perfect in every way!

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