Watts Dance Studio Showcase Dancers presents Mary Poppins and other dances – www.elizabethton.com

“Mary Poppins,” the story of an Edwardian English family whose world is turned upside down by a senseless nanny who teaches them to enjoy life, will come to life on stage in Watts Dance Studio’s adaptation of Showcase Dancers at a performance at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 on the stage of the gymnasium at Harold McCormick Elementary School.

Bert, a man of many professions, introduces the public to 17 Cherry Tree Lane, where the Banks family live: George and Winifred Banks, their two precocious children, Jane and Michael, and their household staff.

Things don’t go well, as Jane and Michael are out of control and their latest nanny breaks in. The children decide to write the commercial for a new nanny (“The Perfect Nanny”).

Within moments, Mary Poppins arrives and takes in Banks’ children, confident in her own qualifications and merits (“Practically Perfect”). She immediately endears herself to children by teaching them in an unconventional way the right way to behave for children.

Join Mary and her old pal Bert, as they work together with absurd songs like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” as they reunite the Banks family.

Mary Poppins’ role in all of this leads to times when it’s possible to worry that all her good work will be undone, but like the magical being that she is, all of her “mistakes” lead to a happy outcome.

The second act will feature a variety of dance forms including ballet, jazz and hip-hop.

Mary Poppins marks the 32nd installment in the ongoing Watts Dance Studio series bringing the arts to local schools with school and community performances. It is the group’s hope that the performances will raise the level of appreciation for the art of dance and musical theatre.

Watts Dance Studio is home to the Showcase Dancers. This is a group of auditioned artists that can be seen regularly throughout the region. The Showcase Dancers have performed in the Bahamas, on various cruise ships, at Walt Disney and with the Moscow Ballet.

For more information about the show or the Showcase Dancers, contact Watts Dance Studio at 423-543-3361.

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