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CHS to perform 'Mary Poppins'

CHS to perform 'Mary Poppins'

November 7th, 2018 by Liz Morales, emorales@californiademocrat.com in Local News

The Banks children have just run off their sixth nanny in the last four months. Juvenile shenanigans have been met with the all-too-familiar dilemma for the family to hire yet another caretaker to keep the house in line.

Luckily for the family, a new application for such a position has been received to hopefully offer the demands George Banks wishes to see on a more regular basis.

"Precision and order is all I ask," Banks said.

California will soon have the opportunity to see just what chaos ensues from this change in management through California High School's fall production of "Mary Poppins." Cast members have been rehearsing since September and are gearing up for their performance weekend, Nov. 10-11 at the California Performing Arts Center.

The star of the show is senior Emily Bilyeu.

"This isn't my first time having a leading role in a musical," Bilyeu said. "My sophomore year, I was Kathy in 'Singing in the Rain.'"

Bilyeu shares excitement for the show's premiere with her cast members. She said the auditions started in July for this particular production.

While he may be a senior, Austin Bolin wanted to sneak one musical under his belt, before graduating in the spring.

"I'm a policeman in this year's musical," Bolin said. "As for what my job is, I know I try to find the kids at one point."

Bolin will trade his badge in, momentarily, for the more manual job of chimney sweep, while the show goes on.

Another newcomer to the limelight is freshman Kolten Fulks. His first appearance on stage will be as a bank teller and then, a chimney sweep.

"I've never done a play before," Fulks said. "So, I'm pretty nervous. But, I've had a lot of fun so far."

CHS Choir director Michele Bilyeu understands a thing or two about jitters. With that idea aside, she has full confidence her cast will perform well.

"When it comes to picking a musical, I try to see what kind of people I'll have and think about what show will be best for them," Bilyeu said. "That, and I always like a Disney show. The show is coming along great, and we're right where we need to be."

The California High School Choral Department is the cast.

California High School will perform Mary Poppins Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 11 and 2 p.m. The doors will be open 30 minutes before the show begins. General admission for adults is $10, students from kindergarten to 12th grade are $5 and children in preschool and younger are free.