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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."

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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


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