The musical "Mary Poppins" is bringing a carpetbag of magical adventures into the lives of the Banks family and Westerville North High School.
The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Warrior Performing Arts Center, 950 County Line Road.
Director Kimberly MolIohan said the show is a "supercalifragilistic" musical for everyone to experience.
Mollohan said it's the story of an irrepressible nanny who "flies" out of the London skies and into the hearts of everyone she encounters.
The audience will travel with the cast through the streets, parks and rooftops of London singing such favorites as "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Jolly Holiday," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Step in Time" and "Let's Go Fly a Kite."
MolIohan said she chose the musical because she felt the school had the right people to play all the characters.
"I found my theater students to be quite adept at executing British dialects, and (it was) because I absolutely loved the story and the Disney movie as a child," she said.
Junior Emily Stowers, who plays Mary Poppins, said the show is beautiful.
"It was slightly intimidating, but rewarding, to play an iconic part and put my own spin on it," she said. "It's fun and light-hearted."
Junior Nick Martz, who plays Bert, said there are many big numbers that audiences will enjoy.
"It has been awesome," he said. "With Bert, he's kind of like Mary -- a little odd and mysterious. It's fun."
Senior Chandler Rankin plays Jane Banks, an 11-year-old girl.
"She's very bratty," Rankin said of her character. "Mary Poppins comes in as a last resort to get us into shape. No one could control us."
Rankin said she has had fun playing Jane.
"In the end, she becomes less selfish," she said. "That's my favorite part about playing her character."
Mollohan said features that make the show so exciting include the flying of Mary Poppins and Bert, the incredible sets and turn-of-the-century costumes, fantastic vocal numbers, exceptional dancing throughout and an amazing pit orchestra.
"I think our audiences will love the flying, the energy of our cast and crew, the songs, choreography, costuming, trick props and, of course, Winston who plays Willoughby, the adorable dog in our production," she said.
Alise Heckman, a sophomore serving as the director's assistant, said the school has a stellar leading cast.
"The work that has gone into it has been stunning," she said.
Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased at the door.