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Florence Roche School Presents "Mary Poppins"

Members of the "Mary Poppins" cast are: L-R: (on knees) Carter Houle, Will Balcolmb, Elena Acchione and (standing, l to r) Elyse Gaboriault, Wesley Casale, Andrew Barbar, Averie Bissell, Addie Rooney, Charlee Walzel, Marcus Cabot. Courtesy photo


Students at Florence Roche Elementary will bring a production of “Mary Poppins” to the stage. Based on a popular Disney movie and award-winning Broadway musical, the practically perfect nanny brings excitement and laughter in this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure.
     The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures.
     Averie Bissell, a fourth grade student portraying Mary Poppins said, “I have enjoyed learning some new dance moves and I love singing all the songs and being up on stage with my friends. It will be exciting to see everyone in costume playing their parts.” Marcus Cabot, another fourth grade student who is performing Bert, said “The play has allowed me to be a part of something really fun and exciting with my friends. It’s especially fun when I get to act out a funny line!”
     This lively musical production cast includes 104 students; 58 fourth grade students perform on stage and 47 third grade stu- dents form the supporting chorus called the “Pop’n Stars”.
     The show is directed by Joby Jeffey; returning for her 35th production. Florence Roche music teacher John Weisner provides the musical direction.
     Sponsored by the Groton-Dunstable Community Education program, “Mary Poppins” is scheduled for Friday March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. in the Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center, located at the Groton-Dunstable Middle School on Main Street in Groton.
     Tickets can be purchased at the door. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students/senior citizens and $5 for children under age five. Active and retired military receive free admission.
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