Toe-tapping tunes & living statues: Alamance Children’s Theatre offers new twist on ‘Mary Poppins’

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent 


Alamance Children's Theatre will perfrom "Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical" at the Paramount Theater on the weekends of March 10-19th. [Steven Mantilla/Times-News

   ”Mary Poppins” is a classic movie that has been loved for generations. But when it is put on the stage by a  youth theater company, the result is incredible.
Alamance Children’s Theatre’s “Mary Poppins” begins with the dysfunctional Banks family, dad George  (Tyler Haugle); mom Winifred (Lauren Gornto); and kids Jane (Taylor McGee) and Michael (Alexander  Klischer); their maid Mrs. Brill (Mikaela Mock); and butler Robertson Ay (Camden Wilder). When they find  themselves in need of a nanny for the children (as both parents are extremely busy with their various  affairs), the mysterious but lovable Mary Poppins (Hailey Korzekwinski) shows up at their door. Many  adventures follow with various iconic characters, including artist and chimney sweep Bert (Aidan Tysinger);  the Bird Woman (Rachel Ealy); park statue Neleus (Adam Compton); and even Queen Elizabeth herself  (Sydney Fischer). Many lessons are learned along the way by all involved.
The star of the show, Hailey Korzekwinski, will amaze you with her stunning vocals and acting abilities as  Mary Poppins. Her duo with Aidan Tysinger as Bert is quite entertaining as well as her scenes with Taylor  McGee and Alexander Klischer. Tysinger’s Cockney accent is exceptional, and sounds almost identical to  Dick Van Dyke in the classic movie. Additionally, Tyler Haugle’s portrayal as Mr. Banks is emotion-filled  and adds a lot of depth to the story.
One aspect of this show that really makes it stand out is the dance scenes. Adam Compton, Timothy  Duggins, Allison Fleming, Olivia Miller, Cornelia Barnwell, Kaylee Kress, Olivia Knighten, Vanessa Velasquez, Kara Gilmore, Jordan Carey, Reagan DeLaVega, and Anna Katherine Carey make up the dancing ensemble. They dance as chimney sweeps, kite flyers, toys and more. The hard work of choreographer Betsy Reeves is evident through every step, leap and jump.
This show is quite different from the movie; however, it still has the same themes of family, adventure and inspiration. You will hear familiar songs such as “Jolly Holiday” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” as well as some brand new ones. Overall, this show is perfect for the whole family, and you will leave feeling happy and inspired with the message, “Anything can happen if you let it.”
Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 7 p.m. March 18-19; and 2 p.m. March 19-20 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at the box office. Credit card reservations can be made by calling 336-222-TIXS.

Hollyann Gardner is a home-schooled high school sophomore and a Teens & 20s writer.


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