Tickets are on sale and going fast for the Hayes High School Thespian production of “Mary Poppins.”
With the March 14 opening date fast approaching, students taking part in the production stay at Hayes for three hours after each school day in order to practice scenes, learn dances, and refine musical numbers. Elsewhere, the orchestra practices songs, students try on costumes, and set designers construct the inside of the Banks family.
Director Dara Gillis said people familiar with the Disney film adaptation of “Mary Poppins” know the essential plot of the broadway version, but she added there will be a few differences.
“The big difference is there’s no penguins (in the musical),” Gillis joked, adding the musical follows the same plot but can’t pull off some of the more fantastical elements, like the animated penguins.
“Audiences will still recognize a majority of the film,” she said.
Joseph Malisiak, a senior who plays the role of Bert, said practices for the musical are going well.
“It’s going pretty good!” he said. “We’re getting a lot of stuff done. It’s a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun.”
Malisiak added the show is all about finding your younger self again and having fun.
“It’s an opportunity to really connect with your inner kid and find enjoyment in everything,” he said. “Just relax and be a kid again.”
Junior student Hailey Wright, who plays Mrs. Corry in the show and serves as the understudy for Bella Bosco, who plays Winnifred Banks, said practicing two roles has been a cool experience.
“It’s really fun but pretty hard,” Wright said.
Wright added she’s stood in for Bosco for two previous shows, and they have a great relationship and communicate about the part really well.
“It’s pretty cool for me but really challenging,” she said. “It’s a lot, but it’s a really awesome experience.”
Wright said one of her favorite things about the performance is getting to interact with her castmates.
“The cast is a beautiful cast,” Wright said. “The freshman are really pumped, and we’re all raring to go put on an awesome show.”
The Hayes cast will perform four showings of Mary Poppins — three evening shows (7:30 p.m. on March 14-16) and one matinee (2 p.m. on March 16).
Tickets can be purchased online at delawarecityschools.seatyourself.biz.
“Get your tickets fast!” Gillis said.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.