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2017-03-01 / Local News

Magical adventures await in North’s ‘Mary Poppins’

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ Reporter


Tyler Okun as Bert and Samantha Schaab-Rozbicki as Mary Poppins, will be performing in the musical production “Mary Poppins” at Williamsville North High School. 
Photos by Jim Smerecak.Purchase color photos at www,BeeNews.com Tyler Okun as Bert and Samantha Schaab-Rozbicki as Mary Poppins, will be performing in the musical production “Mary Poppins” at Williamsville North High School. Photos by Jim Smerecak.Purchase color photos at www,BeeNews.com “Mary Poppins” started out as a popular children’s book series by P.L. Travers in 1934. Then came Walt Disney, who turned it into a cinematic experience in 1964. Finally, the musical hit the stages of Broadway in the early 2000s.

From March 9 to 11, the production that features the ultimate nanny and also introduced us to one of the longest words in the English language, will come to the stage of Williamsville North High School.

Senior Josh Gilbert will be playing the role of Mr. Banks in his final high school musical.

“This is a really cool musical because you get to draw inspiration from the movie,” Gilbert said. “This is my fourth musical, and it’s very bittersweet, but at the same time it’s great to play my best role in my senior year.”


Tyler Nadrich, left, and Lauren Greiner will portray chimney sweeps in this year’s musical production of “Mary Poppins” at Williamsville North High School. Shows will be at 7 p.m. from Thursday, March 9, through Saturday, March 11, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tyler Nadrich, left, and Lauren Greiner will portray chimney sweeps in this year’s musical production of “Mary Poppins” at Williamsville North High School. Shows will be at 7 p.m. from Thursday, March 9, through Saturday, March 11, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday. Sophomore Samantha Schaab-Rozbicki will be playing the lead role of Mary Poppins. She talked about how she is excited and nervous heading into next week’s shows.

“It does feel like a lot of pressure with being able to portray the character as she should be,” Schaab-Rozbicki said. “I’m doing my best to accurately put forward Mary Poppins in her essence. It’s definitely exciting, and I can’t wait for next week.”

Kristy Cavanaugh is the director and producer of this year’s musical. She has really enjoyed working with this group of students and is excited to see the final product when they put it all together.

“It’s great working with these students because they make my job easy,” Cavanaugh said. “They are very hardworking, dedicated, and they truly are a great group of kids.”

Cavanaugh believes that since “Mary Poppins” is so recognizable, that makes it difficult to perform at the high school level. However, she is proud of the cast and knows that they will be great when the bright lights come on next week.

“Our hardest thing is how to make this real on a high school budget and on a high school stage,” she said. “Keeping it true and real to what the story is has been very hard, but these kids have done everything that’s been asked of them.”

“Mary Poppins” will take the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, through Saturday, March 11, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the school, 1595 Hopkins Road. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased starting March 2 at the North High School box office.

Editor’s Note: Former reporter Lucy Lopez contributed to this story.

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