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Bert (Jack Sutton) and Mary Poppins (Bea Sutton) enjoy a magical visit to a London park filled with statuary that comes to life in the AHS Drama production of the Sherman brothers musical “Mary Poppins.”

What makes a happy home? One London family finds the answer with the help of a magical nanny in the musical “Mary Poppins,” coming to the Ashland High School stage Jan. 18-20.

Based on a series of books by P.L. Travers published between 1934 and 1988, many of us are familiar with the 1964 movie starring Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke as her friend, Bert. While the stage adaptation features many of the Richard and Robert Sherman songs from the Disney movie, it offers a richer — and sometimes darker — look at the world of George (Rhett Hopper) and Winifred Banks (Elaina Majetich) and their high-spirited children, Jane (Madalyn Brilla) and Michael (Tegan McFarlane).

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After their nanny storms out, fed up with their behavior, Jane Banks (Madalyn Brilla, left) and Michael Banks (Tegan McFarlane) express hopes that their new caregiver will be “the perfect nanny,” in the AHS Drama production of “Mary Poppins,” playing at Ashland High School Jan. 18-20.

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