Community members can experience Mary Poppins in a new way this weekend.
The Conway High School Theatre Department debuted its spring musical, "Mary Poppins," on Thursday night after months of preparation.
Drama teacher AJ Spiridigliozzi said the two-and-a-half-hour show will be a magical, fun experience for children and families alike.
He said the pit orchestra, composed of students and a few teachers, will also join them again this year.
"It’s always been a great marriage," Spiridigliozzi said. "We always work really well together. The pit is made up of great musicians."
All the students, he said, have worked hard since the decision to run it was made.
"The stage crew is just phenomenal this year," Spiridigliozzi said. "It’s all students."
To see everyone so committed to doing their part and making everything from props to costumes to actors memorizing their lines is inspiring to see, he said.
"[It makes] me want to do the best I can," Spiridigliozzi said. "Everyone is just so invested."
The drama teacher has helped with many shows run by the students and he said through the years, the productions have turned more from a CHS school show, to a community-wide effort with many people from all throughout Conway including businesses pitching in to help.
"People have just been so unbelievably supportive," Spiridigliozzi said.
This year, he said, the show will be even more fun because of their ability to actually fly Mary Poppins.
The Log Cabin Democrat spoke with Spiridigliozzi on Wednesday before the show’s opening and he said despite the many time and meeting challenges and everything else the students had going on outside of school, things had come together.
"I think we’re in a good place," he said. "It’s amazing what these kids will do when it’s officially show time."
The show — tickets cost $5 for students and Conway school faculty with ID and $10 for adults — debuted Thursday but has continuing show times throughout the weekend including at 7 p.m. Friday and noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday.