Pop in to Dickson Public Schools this week and you might hear a familiar song or two.
The school is performing Mary Poppins for this year’s musical. Most of the cast participated in last year’s show, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The play will run November 1, 2 and 3. Vocal music teacher Thelesa Taylor said the musical is more challenging than last year’s, with more technical work, and tickets for weekday showings are selling fast.
“My favorite part is the ending,” Taylor said. “They all come out together, as a group, and they all shine fantastically in their own way.”
Students aren’t just responsible for their performances. Most are moving set pieces and helping during quick changes throughout the runtime.
“This one has a lot more action, a lot of set moving, so it’s been a little bit of a challenge for us,” Taylor said. “We bring in walls, we have rooftops, it’s a lot of work and we all do everything.”
Aubrey McDonald, who plays the lead, said the musical includes scenes and characters not present in the film. Anyone who likes the movie will like the musical, but they might not know what to expect.  
“It’s very, very close, but it is different,” McDonald said.
The cast said learning to sing with accents proved to be a unique challenge. The Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious scene ups the stakes even more. Characters sing the song, spell the word and recite it backwards while performing choreography.
“I could probably use it in an essay in college,” McDonald said.   
Connor Schreiber, who plays George Banks, has to contend with the word as well.
“The hardest part for me is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Schreiber said. “I have one where I have to do that part of the song, say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and do the choreography with it. It’s really hard to get the timing.”
The play has students branching out in other ways. Connor Boren, who plays Bert, got the chance to choreograph some of the Step In Time scene.
“It’s a really fun vibe, and anyone who hasn’t seen it should,” Boren said.  “I really like serenading Mary during Jolly Holiday. That’s a really fun scene for me.”
Jaci Davidson and Jonathan McLemore play Jane and Michael Banks, the children Mary becomes a nanny to. Davidson said acting like a brat didn’t come naturally to her.
“I have to get in that zone,” Davidson said. “I throw a temper tantrum at one point and I really have to act mean and childish for that.”  
Tickets are $5. Performances will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on November 1 and 2. Saturday’s shows are slated for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The 7 p.m. show will be by reservation, and the 2 p.m. show will be open seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling (580) 226-0633 ext. 632.