Mary Poppins

Audiences didn’t need a spoonful of sugar in order to enjoy “Mary Poppins”at Central High School (CHS) on the weekend of Nov. 11, 2022. The CHS Theatre Department delighted viewers with the spectacular Disney show throughout all four of their performances. 

The story of “Mary Poppins” follows the titular character as a magical nanny for the Banks family. Evoking laughter, tears, and complete awe at the talent of these high schoolers, CHS produced a great show that left audiences entertained and happy.

Central’s theater department has shown great prowess throughout the years, producing Blue Star Award recipients as well as Broadway actors.

Annie Bramlage is the theatre director at Central, with Mary Poppins being her third show that she has directed at the school. Bramlage has been a part of theatre since she was in high school at Central, and has loved returning to take over the theatre department. 

Mac Carlson, a freshman at Central, was very excited to perform in his first high school musical. Carlson played the role of Michael Banks and blew audiences away with the energy and enthusiasm he brought to the character. 

Ashlyn Ford is a junior at Central and played the roles of Ms. Lark and Valentine, as well as being a part of the ensemble. Ford shared that she felt that audiences left feeling like they had a good time.

“I think this show left people feeling warm inside,” Ford said. “Everybody knows the story of ‘Mary Poppins’ and I think it was satisfying for people to see a show of this scale being pulled off by a high school.”

Skylar Kline is a senior and Mary Poppins is his 7th show at Central. Kline played the role of Bert and shone in every scene he was in. Kline expressed how much he enjoyed doing the show. 

“I loved every moment of this show and couldn’t think of a better show to do my last year at Central,” Kline said.

Mary Poppins at Central High School was “practically perfect in every way.”

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