When Meadow Pond Elementary School’s fifth-grade Drama Club decided to present “Mary Poppins Jr.,” 21-year-old Morgan Milone jumped at the chance to be involved. Musical theater is a passion for the South Salem resident, an alumna of Meadow Pond as well as John Jay middle and high schools—where she participated in all of the school plays and musicals.
A senior at the State University of New York at Fredonia, Milone will receive her BFA this spring. Because the college takes a long winter break, she was able to attend most of the Drama Club's rehearsals.
“It’s super-inspiring to see young kids being exposed to theater,” Milone said at an early-morning rehearsal at Meadow Pond.
Nearly 30 students—enough for two ensembles—packed the stage as Kate Belders, the parent director and set designer, led them through a curtain call.
Students with speaking parts in one production may be in the ensemble in the other production, said Amanda Dickerson, the parent stage manager and production coordinator. The remaining fifth-graders were slated to work backstage.
Barbara Milone, the school’s social worker and theatre club advisor—and Morgan’s mom—handed umbrellas to the two students playing Mary Poppins. They popped them opened and smiled, looking ... supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Meadow Pond Elementary School fifth grade Drama Club will present “Mary Poppins Jr.” on Friday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Meadow Pond Elementary School Cafetorium. Tickets, at $10 each, are available at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/36471.
Lenore Person is the communications specialist for the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.