Sarah Moosazadeh is a staff writer for the Atlanta Jewish Times.
The ensemble accompanies Mary Poppins (Sara Goldberg) and Bert (Jordan Joel) for a jolly walk in the park to help Jane and Michael realize that sometimes their troubles are not as big as they seem. (Photo by Sarah Moosazadeh)
The Atlanta Jewish Academy Middle School pulled off a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious production of “Mary Poppins” for its spring musical, with performances Wednesday, March 7, Thursday, March 8, and Sunday, March 11.
Seventh-grader Sara Goldberg brought the beloved nanny to life through classic songs such as “Jolly Holiday,” “Step in Time” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee” alongside seventh-grader Jordan Joel as Bert, fifth-grader Ari Gordon as Michael Banks and seventh-grader Eva Beresin as Jane Banks. (Eighth-grader Shiraz Agichtein played Mary Poppins in two of the four shows.)
The Bird Lady, played by sixth-grader Mollie Glazer, stole the show with her rendition of “Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag).”
Past spring middle school musicals at AJA include “The Wizard of Oz,” “Annie,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “My Son Pinocchio.”
Photos by Sarah Moosazadeh
George Banks (sixth-grader Ben Slakman) realizes that there is more than just order and precision in his home and that spending time with his family is important as Michael (Ari Gordon) and Jane (Eva Beresin) look on with Mrs. Brill (eighth-grader Kiki Starr), Winifred (seventh-grader Miriam Burmenko) and Robertson Ay (fifth-grader Zac Agichtein).
Miss Andrew (seventh-grader Sharon Hatami) holds up a bottle of brimstone and treacle, which she believes will help improve the behavior of Jane Banks (seventh-grader Eva Beresin) and Michael Banks (fifth-grader Ari Gordon) while Robertson Aye (fifth-grader Zac Agichtein), Mrs. Brill (eighth-grader Kiki Starr) and Winifred Banks (seventh-grader Miriam Burmenko) look on.
Mary Poppins (seventh-grader Sara Goldberg) and Bert (seventh-grader Jordan Joel) discover that she is not making much progress with Jane and Michael’s behavior and decides that she will leave the family when the winds change.