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Looking Back, Charging Forward

Mount Calvary Sets Spring Musical, Anniversary Gala

"Oh, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious, if you say it loud enough, you'll always sound precocious!" These unforgettable words, along with lots of antics and hilarity, will be brought to stage in the Mount Calvary Christian School spring production of "Mary Poppins."

The musical about the magical English nanny will be performed in the school's gymnasium, 629 Holly St., Elizabethtown, at 7 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, April 20 to 22. Tickets may be purchased at the school before each show.

Mount Calvary Christian School senior Becca Hallman will portray Mary Poppins, a character she said is a lot of fun to play. "I think the only struggle is being prim and proper like she is," Becca said. "Spoonful of Sugar" is one of her favorite songs in the show, as well as "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "Practically Perfect." "We have some lovely magical elements in 'Practically Perfect,'" Becca said. "And my umbrella is pretty cool."

Tap dancing for the show has been one of freshman Kelly Garcia's favorite parts of rehearsing. Kelly will play Winifred Banks. "Her biggest challenge is finding contentment," Kelly reflected. "She's always trying to please everyone else, and I think that's something that a lot of people will be able to relate to."

Some of the other lead cast members in "Mary Poppins" include Caleb Shaffer as Michael, Brynne Smith as Jane, Hunter Crick as Bert, and Jordan Kuntzelman as George.

The spring musical is just one of the many exciting events on the spring calendar at Mount Calvary Christian School, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Community members and supporters of the school are invited to attend an anniversary gala with the theme of "Looking Back, Charging Forward" on Saturday, April 29, at 5 p.m. in the Mount Calvary gymnasium.

"We are excited to give honor and glory to the Lord for what He's done in and through Mount Calvary Christian School," said April Miller, who serves as interim director of development and as a member of the 40th anniversary committee along with Daniel Sheard, Jared Griest, Jennifer Smeltz, Jennifer Garcia, Karen Gerlach, Jenny Fontana, and Jamie Rutt.

"It's going to be a celebration of the past, a showcase of the present, and a fundraiser for the future," Miller said. "We're excited to celebrate, but also to (have) people there who want to learn more about the school."

The evening will begin with hors d'oeuvres and tours of the school, along with a chance for attendees to bid on items in a silent auction and an art gallery of current students' art projects. A catered buffet dinner will feature meat and seafood entree options.

Attendees will hear a presentation about the history, current happenings, and future vision for Mount Calvary Christian School, and the guest speaker for the evening will be Don Lough, director of Word of Life Bible Institute. An opportunity will be presented for individuals to donate toward the mission of the school.

Individuals may register for the gala online at http://www.mcchristianschool.com/40th-anniversary by April 22. The dress code for the gala is formal with black tie optional. For more information, individuals may call Miller at 367-1649, ext. 155, or email development@mcchristianschool.com.

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