Lakota West's Performance of 'Mary Poppins' Takes Flight

Lakota West's Performance of 'Mary Poppins' Takes Flight
This is the image for the news article titled Lakota West's Performance of 'Mary Poppins' Takes FlightIt was Mary Poppins herself who said, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and - SNAP - the job's a game!”

Memorizing the dialogue, songs and dance routines of a musical can be a major undertaking but, for Lakota West’s Theatre, it’s also a lot of fun. Especially for three West seniors whose final show at the high school will be this one.

According to Damaso Tinoco, who portrays Bert in the production, “I love the teamwork that goes into the show. Everyone appreciates each other and is very supportive. The cast and crew all work so well together.”

For Kali Marsh, “The challenge was that Mary is so different from my personality. She’s so stern and serious, yet very nurturing. I had to find that balance and it helped me grow as an actor. Plus, acting with such a wonderful cast has made my final production a great one.”

Nathan Brown has a similar view of his portrayal of George Banks. “I loved working with the upperclassmen when I first started in the theatre and have made lots of friends along the way. Mr. Banks was a big change for me as I had to transition him from a mean, gruff guy to someone who finds his way back to his family. I learned so much from my cast mates and our director and hope I’ve helped them as well.”

The camaraderie of the cast and crew paid off in many ways, including flying as Damaso and Kali both fly as their characters – something that isn’t typically done at the high school level. “If the group weren’t so experienced and mature, I would hesitate having them take on such a major technical challenge,” explains artistic director Kim Eldridge.

She adds, “Yet they have approached it with passion and enthusiasm and we have some great adult volunteers who jumped in to help man the hoists. We just had to take it on. Most high schools do not attempt this show because of the flying elements, especially the Bert proscenium walk that is usually done by professional groups. This, combined with the singing, dancing, costumes and scenery, makes Mary Poppins a 'must-see' show. It is one of the most difficult shows we have produced in our 19 season history."

Based on the book by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins is one of the most popular Disney movies of all time. It’s a well-known story, but one that will have plenty of twists and surprises, thanks to West’s unique take.

The musical will be held March 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. at the Lakota West Theatre. Tickets are $13 in advance or $16 at the door; to order tickets, go to www.lakotawesttheatre.com or call (513) 682-4115, ext. 10401.