Southington Schools continue to be front and center in the community over a wide range of academic, athletic, science, technology and artistic accomplishments.
And so it was for the joint DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools Drama Clubs in their musical production of Mary Poppins. The outstanding presentation of five performances from March 28 through April 1 was a gift of many talents and skills in a delightful new production of Mary Poppins.
Directed and produced by DePaolo M.S. Assistant Principal Chris Palmieri, a cast of 110 students and a technical crew of 45 more presented a remarkable opus the company had rehearsed several times a week for three months to do.
Their efforts pulled off a charming and entertaining production with some fancy choreography, smoothly executed scene and costume transitions topped off by talented singing and acting including some effective affectation of British accents.
The lead parts of Mary Poppins and
Bert, The Chimney Sweep were persuasively portrayed by eighth-graders,Olivia White and Logan McGinnis with the truly fine support of an all-star cast while quality sound, lighting and well-executed staging and timing demands were executed in a hands-down entertaining theatrical feat.
Warmed by the magic of the music, the colorful pageantry of the times and the whimsically mysterious ways of the character of Mary Poppins, attendees appeared to love the show as they basked in the pride of our youth.
By E. Richard Fortunato
Photography by Barbara Brush