Spit spot! Step lively to see Dance Academy’s ‘Mary Poppins’

Kate Spranger and Calliope deSmet will anchor the cast, with alternating portrayals of the high-flying nanny.

A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious cast of dancers will take the stage at Vashon High School on June 21-23 for four performances of “Mary Poppins,” presented by Vashon Dance Academy.

Dancers from preschool through high school will bring the tale to life — playing all the classic characters but also everything else from baby birds to kites. Students from modern dance classes will personify chalk, as well as rain, in creatively choreographed group numbers, while students from ballet classes will take turns as dolls, nannies, and a couple of other surprise characters.

High school senior Kate Spranger and junior Calliope deSmet will anchor the cast, with alternating portrayals of the high-flying nanny.

Bert will be danced by Junior Gerrit van Roekel, while the role of Mrs. Banks will be shared by Sabine Jorge and Kate Spranger. The Banks children will be danced by Sabine Jorge, Poppy Beck, Lorien Buffington, and Matilda Strain. Isabella Peani will perform as the Bird Lady.

And it wouldn’t be a Vashon Dance Academy production without the beloved tradition of including a group of “dancing dads,” who will add their skills and comic relief to this year’s show.

All Vashon Dance Academy productions are a community effort: volunteers have built the set pieces for the show, while other parents and friends of dancers will assist with everything from lighting to costumes to helping in myriad ways backstage.

Remarkably, this is the Dance Academy’s 27th annual production under the leadership of the company’s artistic director, Cheryl Krown.

“We are so excited to once again present a show with our own special twists and surprises to keep the whole family entertained,” said Krown.

And just as Mary Poppins only promises to stay until the wind changes, this show runs one weekend only, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

Tickets are available at the Burton Coffee Stand or can be pre-purchased via the Venmo account @dance-vashon.