Just a Spoonful of Cardall Will Help the Show Go On

Mrs. Cardall transfers enthusiasm to drama students.
 photo: M. DeGeorge

As the weather gets colder, the drama production of Mary Poppins is heating up! Just last week the cast list was released after much deliberation between Mrs. Cardall, the director; Mr. Hosier, conductor of the pit band, and Mrs. Romeo, the choreographer.

For the past four years, Mrs. Bacon directed the musicals. She has decided to take a year off because she’s expecting her first baby. Mrs. Cardall, Speech and Drama teacher stepped up to direct this year’s production. 

“I’m nervous because I haven’t done it in 4 years and I’m brand new to all these kids; But I’m excited to get to know them. I’ve missed this,” said Mrs. Cardall, the original creator of the drama program at Mount de Sales. 

Some Mount de Sales students have become show critics for “The Cappies”. This is a non-profit organization that goes to local high school performances to review and share his or her opinion of the show (http://www.cappies.com/Default.aspx?alias=www.cappies.com/bal&portalid=5). MDS’s performance of Mary Poppins is one of the performances that will be reviewed. At the end of the year, there is a Cappies Award Show.


Mrs. Cardall studied theatre in New York City at Marymount University and took musical theatre classes. She has been an extra in several movies, including National Treasure. She returned to MDS to teach and help direct the musicals and plays. Up until a few years ago, the school hosted plays at Charlestown Retirement Community with Gibbons High School. 

Mrs. Cardall thought students should run their show independently; in 2007 she created the MDS Drama Program. The only problem was that MDS did not have an auditorium. Luckily, Mount St. Joseph’s High School allowed the girls to practice and perform in their auditorium. It was a challenge to get approval to perform Mary Poppins. The show had not been released to non-professional companies which resulted in having to post-pone auditions. The show was finally approved! The dates of the shows for Mary Poppins is January 30th, 31st, and February 1st.
“Auditions were scary but I got through them and got the part that I wanted! I’m excited to learn the chimney sweeper dance and start new memories with my friends!” said junior Emilee Hennessy, a chimney sweeper.

-M. DeGeorge, 15′

Senior, Taylor Swenski, shares her thoughts on auditions and the musical:              

https://soundcloud.com/mdsa-2/taylor-swenski

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