Weekend Showcase: Mary Poppins
Everyone’s favorite nanny makes an appearance onstage in Wayzata High School’s latest theatrical offering of "Mary Poppins."

“This is definitely the biggest undertaking I've taken on," said director Grant Sorenson. "We have 51 kids in the cast, about 15 in the orchestra, 20 working in various areas of crew."

The production itself is big and very complex.

“We have a 16 foot tall Victorian house on stage that doll houses open and closed. We go all over London. We have Mary flying and Bert flying,”said Sorenson.

But sitting in the audience you’ll never realize all the moving parts because the technical crew does such a beautiful job of making it look easy.

Alexander Denniston plays Bert.

“One of the aspects of Bert is the cockney accent, so I watched a lot of videos of cockney accents and everything. And you know, I kinda copied a bit of what Dick Van Dyke did with Bert, kinda some of the big characterization of it, big arm movements and leg movements stuff like that,” said Denniston.

Katy Manderfeld plays Jane Banks.

“With the help of Mary Poppins she kind of, Jane Banks, kind of figures out right and wrong and figures out who she is and how to behave and just overall becomes a more behaved and better person," said Manderfield.

“I’m practically perfect in every way,” sang Mary Poppins.

Yes, Mary Poppins, you are, and that’s why I give Wayzata High School’s production of Mary Poppins a rating of “PP” for Practically Perfect.

Mary Poppins is onstage at Wayzata High School Friday through Saturday at 7 p.m. with a 1 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults and can be purchased online or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

Neil Pursley

November 17, 2017


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