Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School to present Mary Poppins, Jr.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

INDIAN SPRINGS – Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School’s award-winning drama department will present Mary Poppins, Jr. on April 27, 28 and 29 in the OLV Family Life Center.

This production will mark the premiere in the junior series version for the Birmingham area. The show is directed by OLV drama teacher Michael R. Bridges.

Both the Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28 shows will begin at 7 p.m., and the Sunday, April 29 show will begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free for children 2 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by contacting Melanie Norman at Melanie@thenormanclan.com.

In addition, a “High Tea with Mary Poppins” will be held prior to the Sunday show, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the OLV Social Hall.

This is a special package with a magical tea party with Mary Poppins featuring the tea party, photo ops and show tickets with VIP seating for the Sunday show. The menu includes finger sandwiches, scones, cake pops, cheese straws, tea, lemonade and fruit.

Reservations for the tea must be made by Wednesday, April 25 by contacting Heather Rose at Heatherprose@gmail.com or by contacting the school office.

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Award nominations, “Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins” is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical.

Mary Poppins, Jr. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, as well as unique special effects and illusions.

The cast features 59 performers from first- through eighth-grade.

“It is always a challenge to bring a well-known, popular Disney movie and then stage production to life because of the high level of expectations and memories of the characters and stories,” Bridges said. “The story is charming, and the music is so upbeat and memorable, with some songs just being downright beautiful. And don’t forget that magical sparkle that Mary Poppins brings—yes, we have had a ball with this one”

The Our Lady of the Valley School Drama Department holds a Junior Troupe membership in the International Thespian Society, an honor organization recognizing achievement in the dramatic arts in schools. It has a long-standing reputation of producing quality shows with its young casts.

The Troupe has competed at the national, regional and other state festivals over the past ten years, copping a number of honors each time for its stage productions and individual events.

OLV is one of only nine schools in the State of Alabama with the Junior Thespian designation and, of those, the only one to compete regularly at the national level.

To learn more about the school, visit OLVBirmingham.com.