Tickets on sale for Heights High's 'Mary Poppins'

The Heights High production of "Mary Poppins" will feature students double-cast in the leading roles: Will Davis (11th grade) and Emmanuel Vaughn (12th grade) in the role of Bert, Jackson Marshall (10th grade) and Zach Brust (12th grade) in the role of George Banks, back row, L-R. Lila Schubert (11th grade) and Chip Vandall (10th grade) in the role of Winifred Banks, Olivia Sormaz (12th grade) and Judea Lowe (12th grade) in the role of Mary Poppins, middle row, L-R. Jesse Gross (12th grade) and Charlotte Piszel (11th grade) in the role of Jane, Jonah Kerr-Jung (10th grade) and Nareus Hardin (11th grade) in the role of Michael.

“Mary Poppins” will take the Heights High auditorium stage Nov. 1–4, with high school students in the lead roles, and middle and elementary school students in the chorus. Tickets went on sale Sept. 24.

The production comprises more than 180 high school students who will be performing in the show, in two casts, as well as managing the backstage operations.

“This is a great show for us because the music is amazing and loved by so many people,” said Jesse Lange, the show’s producer and Heights High’s vocal music director. “And, we have the singing and dancing talent to really shine in this show.”

Most of the lead roles are double-cast: Mary Poppins will be portrayed by seniors Judea Lowe and Olivia Sormaz, and Bert will be played by junior Will Davis and senior Emmanuel Vaughn.

All four lead actors are focused on learning the show’s music, lines and dance steps. They are also all good friends, and spend many hours practicing and encouraging one another, outside of regular rehearsals.

Lowe remembers watching the “Mary Poppins” movie many times when she was younger. “I loved it and am so happy to be playing Mary,” she said. “She’s pretty stern but is always on the side of the children. I like that.”

Sormaz is excited to learn tap dancing. “That is new for me and a fun challenge,” she said. “I grew up with Mary Poppins and it’s great to play her on stage at Heights.”

Vaughn is enjoying the dancing aspect of Bert’s character. “I love to dance and am also enjoying the stunts,” he explained. "I’m just so excited to have this role.” 

Davis, also playing the lead male role, said, “I identify with Bert; he likes to make people laugh and is a real optimist.”

The shows will take place at 7 p.m., Nov. 1–3, and at 4 p.m., Nov. 4. Tickets ($12 and $8) are available online or by phone; for information, visit www.clevelandheightschoirs.com, or call 216-432-3105.

Joy Henderson

Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.

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