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Alden High School students flying high with Mary Poppins production

Posted at 8:47 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 08:47:09-05

ALDEN, N.Y. (WKBW) — Students at Alden High School will be bringing movie magic to the stage for their theater-level production of Mary Poppins.

The cast and crew of more than 80 students and teachers has been preparing for more than a year, designing and building set pieces, learning to tap dance, organizing choreography, and arranging music. The production of Mary Poppins is student-led, with high schoolers taking lead roles as stage managers and lead technicians among other jobs. They've been working hard since November, putting in almost 8 hours a day outside of school to practice and produce.

While they're putting together a musical, they're also learning real world skills like teamwork, budgeting and leadership. No props were rented, everything was built by students for the show.

The cast did hire a flying company, called ZFX. Instructors came to teach the students how to operate all the flying equipment so Mary, Bert, Jane and Michael can all soar through the sky! Students will operate all the equipment on their own for the special effects and then pack up and ship the equipment out.

Alden High School's theater club is not funded by district dollars, only by donors and ticket sales. They'd love your support! The musical is open for anyone to come watch. You can get dinner or brunch and a show for just $20. Get your tickets here. Showings are February 7th, 8th and 9th.