Riverton High School students, with the help of a few middle school and elementary students, dazzled audiences last weekend with their beautiful performance of Mary Poppins. During school hours Thursday and Friday they performed their dress rehearsals in front of other students in the district who were bussed to CWC to watch. They debuted Friday night to the public with two more performances on Saturday.
The actors, whose ages range from 9 – 18 years old, have been practicing for the past 8 weeks until nearly 9:30 p.m. every night in preparation for the weekend of performances.
The part of Mary Poppins and Winifred was shared by Kierra Muehler and Heather McLauhlin to stretch the actresses and for a better educational experience. Those able to attend more than one show were entertained by the actresses’ different portrayals of the two characters.
According to Melinda McLaughlin, who is the mother of three of the performers, the director Annette Thornton is a genius. She says she is a phenomenal director and one of the top high school directors in the nation. We truly are lucky to have her in our community.
Of course, a performance of this size, took more than just an amazing director. Jon Marquez, the musical director played a vital role with all beautiful songs. Parents and volunteers put in hours of preparation to put on a successful and entertaining show.
Saturday night’s performance was bittersweet for several of the actors who were graduating the next day. Kyle Phister who played the part of Bert is one of those seniors. Kyle will be leaving next month to serve a two year mission for the LDS church in Riverside, Calif.
Kierra Muehler who played the part of Mary and Winifred, also graduated Sunday. Kierra is staying local and attending CWC as a theater major.
Avery Hatchfield who played Mr. Banks, Jeri Dege who played the part of the Bird Woman and Gabe Kreitzer who played Northbrook were also among the graduates Sunday.
The entire cast is as follows:
Mary Poppins Kierra Muehler/Heather Mclaughlin
Bert Kyle Phister
Winifred Banks Heather McLauhlin/Kierra Muehler
George Manks Avery Hatfield
Jane Banks Holly McLauglin
Michael Banks Collin McLaughlin
Mrs. Brill Katarina Tyler
Robertson Ay! Parker Donaldson
Miss Andrew Alicia Valdez
Mrs. Corry Ella Hauch
Bank Chairman Par Bergen
Northbrook Gabriel Kreitzer
Von Hussler Nick Pluch
Neleus/Doll Charlie Peterson
Bird Woman Jeri Dege
Park Keeper Joseph Thornton
Valentine Abigail Larson
Katie Nana Perlene Keller
Miss Lark Hannah Gilliland
Mrs. Smythe/Bear Kiersten McDonald
Policeman Aaron Valdez
Annie Carly Thornton
Fannie Kaia Tippits
Messenger Benjamin Weaver
Statues Sophie Windischbauer, Kiersten McDonald, Ella Hauck, Carly Thornton
Kendric Muehler, Brennan Ibach, Joseph Thornton, Gabriel Kreitzer, Alicia Valdez, Sophie Windischbauer, Charlie Peterson, Nick Plush, Geri Dee, Ella Hauck, Max Torgerson, Perlene Keller, Abigail Larson.
Benjamin Weaver, Andrew Weaver, Emma Hill, Shannon Krietzer, Kaia Tippets, Carly Thornton, Travis Donaldson.