The Swift Current Comp. High School's cafeteria will be transformed into a magical performing art centre next week as one of Disney's most popular movies comes to life on the big stage. 

Students from the school's drama/arts department, band and choir, and aesthetics class will team up with staff and community volunteers to offer up five live performances of Mary Poppins.

The play, heavily based on the movie released in 1964, was revised for Broadway in 2009 with a few changes.

"You're going to see a lot of familiar elements from both the book and movie," Shaun Spence, one of the directors of the show, said. "It does have some different scenes and elements they added for the Broadway stage."

Live music will of course be a fixture of the show with a pit band of about 20 individuals including students and community members.

"I would say it's a playful and energized performance," he said. "With lots of singing, dancing, and energy throughout. The time will fly quickly. We have a lot of on-stage magic worth coming to see live and in person."

The show is split into two acts spanning about 2:30 in runtime. It will have four 7 p.m. shows running from November 29 to December 2. There will be one matinee at 2 p.m. on December 2.

"The drama department at the school, has put in a tremendous effort across all fronts," said Ezra Lloyd, who's playing Bert's character. "The directors, the actors, our technicians, our props people, our costumes people, our band. Everybody just pulled their weight and there's a tremendous amount of talent." 

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Pharmasave or at the Innovation Federal Credit Union (today only from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.). 

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