Poppin’ into the New Year with Student-Directed Mary Poppins Jr.

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Emma Ratkovic, Features Editor

Beginning on Thursday, February 3rd, junior high students at Treasure Mountain Junior High (TMJH) will perform a musical based on the classic story of Mary Poppins. 

 

“This project is a wonderful stepping stone that will make the next ones so much easier,” shared theatre teacher and producer, Krischelle Hansen. 

 

There will be 7:00 PM shows on Thursday, February 3rd as well as Friday, February 4th. There will also be two shows on Saturday, February 5th at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. 

 

This musical has a slight twist and was actually directed by high school students here at Park City High School (PCHS). 

 

Multiple students here at PCHS tried out, but only one student was able to become the head director: Senior Amanda Rossi.

 

“Whoever wants the position goes and signs up with Krischelle and she interviews us as if it were a real job,” said Rossi.  “I had to come up with a plan for what show I wanted to do and basically how I put on the show and then I presented that to her in the interview.”

 

“She came in with a beautifully put-together portfolio of things she wanted to do and things that were a concern and how she was going to fix them. So I was very impressed with her presentation,” said Hansen. 

 

It was very intimidating for Rossi to create a musical and have students perform in front of a live audience. 

 

“It’s probably one of the scariest things I have ever done, but it’s always a lot of fun and the kids are always so great and we’re really excited to see how it turns out,” expressed Rossi. 

 

Senior Brigitte Davis was the assistant director and choreographer of the musical.

 

“I like it because it keeps me dancing and I love dancing … and I get to work with a bunch of friends and that’s a lot of fun. It betters my theatrical skills as much as it does theirs,” stated Davis.

 

Davis hopes that this opportunity will allow students to make more friends and strengthen their skills in the theatre department. 

 

According to Hansen, this  is such a beneficial opportunity for students. 

 

“A lot of the time, you don’t get to direct a main-stage production in your college career until you are a junior or sometimes even a senior. So, that’s four years into it. These students that are directing, choreographing, doing music direction, all of that they now have this on their resume and … they can already anticipate the difficulties and modify and succeed to a level that others have not been able to,” said Hansen. 

 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for not only junior high students at TMJH but also high school students here at PCHS. 

 

Tickets can be purchased here.

 

If you are interested in joining the thespian society, email khansen@pcschools.us and she will give you access to the Canvas page. This gives students the opportunity to involve themselves in the theatre and drama department as well as receive announcements of future events.

 

With opportunities like this, students are able to showcase their creativity and talent.