Arts & Entertainment

Audiences Agree: Mary Poppins is 'Practically Perfect'

UHSPAC's Production of Mary Poppins Credits: Courtesy of UHSPAC
At UHSPAC's Production of Mary Poppins - Jonathan Duvelson as Bert.
UHSPAC's Production of Mary Poppins - Ashley Figueiredo as Mary Poppins
UHSPAC's Production of Mary Poppins:  Bert and the Sweeps perform "Step in Time"
UHSPAC's Production of Mary Poppins - Jaden Foreman as Michael Banks
UHSPAC's Production of Mary Poppins - Joseph Laurino Jr. as George Banks and Grace Rivera as Winifred Banks
UHSPAC's Production of Mary Poppins
UHSPAC's Production of Mary Poppins - Jason Rivera as Roberston Ay and Leanne Laurino as Mrs. Brill
UHSPAC's Production of Mary Poppins

UNION, NJ – The Union High School Performing Arts Company’s performance of ‘Mary Poppins’ has continued to wow audiences throughout its run, which concludes on Sunday. 

“We come back because the shows are always excellent,” said Kenilworth residents and music teachers Betsy and Kerry Stubbs.  “It’s hard to believe there are this many talented students from one school.  It’s uncanny.”

Jennifer Williams, UHSPAC Choreographer, said, "it's been wonderful seeing so many members of our community coming out to see our show.  We have had a nice size audience every night, including a lot of children who we get to introduce into the world of theater.  Who knows, they could be the next stars of the UHSPAC.  We are so happy to share our show with everyone and so appreciative for all the support we have been receiving."

Sign Up for E-News

Seniors Ashley Figueiredo, as Mary Poppins, and Jonathan Duvelson, as Bert, lead the cast through the story of the Banks family with all of the well-known musical productions from ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’ to ‘Practically Perfect’ and “A Spoonful of Sugar’ to ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’.

"The show was excellent, so good that my daughter and I saw it twice,” said Union resident Andrea Terrezza. “We enjoyed all the dancing and singing.  My daughter was on the edge of her seat the entire time, and she particularly liked when Mary Poppins and Bert flew.  They actually had them flying!"

"Each year we strive to provide the students with a well rounded educational experience that gives them an opportunity to provided quality entertainment to our community,” said director James Mosser, “and Mary Poppins is the epitome of this. The students work extraordinarily hard on all of the elements of the production, not only learning about performing in the theatre, but also gaining skills in text analysis, historical context, dance, and even construction. We are very proud of the accomplishments of these hard working students." 

Union High ninth-grader Kesshinnah Thermitus said, “Mary Poppins is magical.  She has this cool spirit that makes her shine like a star.  The play has a lot of elements of surprise.”

Tickets are still available for the two remaining shows:  Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.uhspac.com

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Union

UTCAO Event to be Celebration of Diversity

February 20, 2017

UNION, NJ - A celebration of diversity will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. The event will feature:

"Around the World" fashion show, UTCAO students

"Little Giants" play, BCK Productions

Dance Performance, Laraque Bey School of Dance

Artists:  Vauxhall Seniors Choir, Anthony Ellis

Refreshment and child activities; location 2410 ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_0884dfb859c6df463051_49d3eef28e8ae37d3cc2_vauxhall_public_library

Tue, February 21, 11:00 AM

Vauxhall Public Library, union

Pre-K "Game Time"

Carousel_image_4dd857ae8350fab87a05_dc8e60d40dae3a0cd3ef_ask_logo

Tue, February 21, 12:00 PM

Union Public Library, Union

Union County's Mobile Aging Service Kiosk (ASK)

Carousel_image_d9a99aedf6edc4a2c4f5_9af206b9399520eacf03_tai_chi

Tue, February 21, 12:30 PM

Vauxhall Public Library, union

Tai Chi - Free Exercise Program For Mature Adults

Union's Kristin Mortimer-Carpenter Granted Scholarship at Alvernia University

February 17, 2017

READING, PA - Hard work in high school has paid off for a college-bound senior.  Kristin Mortimer-Carpenter, of Union, has been granted the Veronica Founder's Scholarship to study Social Work at Alvernia University in the fall. Mortimer-Carpenter is currently a senior at Mother Seton Regional High School.

To be awarded this $15,000 scholarship, the recipient must have a minimum GPA of ...

Springfield's Cannon Hall House is Open to Public Sunday, a Letter from George Washington will be on Display

February 18, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Hit by a cannon ball, it survived the Revolutionary War.  Sunday, there is the Springfield Historical Society Open House at the Cannon Ball House. It will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  A letter written by George Washington letter from Springfield will be on display.

The Cannon Ball House was built, many believe, around 1760.  It ...

Union County Partners with Krause Dental Care to Offer Free Oral Cancer Screenings

February 19, 2017

Union County, NJ – To help promote the early detection of oral cancer, the Union County Office of Health Management through the Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex and Union Counties has partnered with the Clark Township Health Department, Clark ShopRite and Dr. Kurt M. Krause, D.M.D. from Krause Dental Care in Cranford, New Jersey, to provide free oral cancer screenings.

In Union ...

Columns

The Ripper's Time by Mark R. Vogel

The Ripper's Time by Mark R. Vogel (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2016)

 

What if we could turn the clock back to 1888, knowing what we know about profiling the characters of serial killers, DNA evidence, analysis of fibers left behind at a crime scene, and lifting fingerprints from surfaces that once were deemed impossible to obtain? Would we be able to identify capture, and ...

‘Shipwrecked’ Rollicks Along at Dreamcatcher Theatre

SUMMIT, NJ – You may be in for a high seas adventure if you visit “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself).”

This 90-minute play by Donald Margulies has plenty to keep you entranced. Margulies has won just about every theatre award possible for such plays as “Time Stands Still” and “Dinner with ...

Georgie Loves Everyone...and Playing Fetch

February 17, 2017

Georgie is a sweet and playful 8-9 year old mix, about 40 pounds. Georgie is very well behaved and loves everyone. He LOVES playing fetch and is a master at the game. He will play for hours on end. Georgie also knows his commands and is good with other dogs and cats. 

 

Georgie was found as a stray. He was hit by a car and had a huge gash on his forehead. He also had head trauma ...

Anti-Latino, Anti-Muslim Posters Found at Rutgers

February 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Shortly after an anti-Muslim poster was found at Rutgers University this week, school officials reported this morning the discovery of an anti-Latino poster on campus.

The anti-Muslim handbill called for a “Muslim-free America” and was posted Monday at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, which offers prayer space for Muslim students, according to a Rutgers ...

Letters to the Editor