The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) hosted a “Mary Poppins” outreach performance and interactive talkback for local middle schools on October 19. The outreach aimed to bridge the gap between middle and high schools as 582 middle school students were welcomed onto the HBHS campus. Eight middle schools were in attendance, including Dwyer, Mesa View, Marine View, College View, Huntington Christian, Hope View, Talbert and Sowers.

Transportation and complimentary tickets to the “Mary Poppins” performance were provided by the Educational Enrichment Foundation for the Arts. After the performance, students were invited to engage in a collaborative talkback session with the APA show’s cast, technical crew, costume designers, and instructors.

“APA is in the process of heightening our presence among middle schools,” said Zach Edwards, APA’s Outreach Coordinator. “We’re excited to be sharing the arts with these younger generations!”

Article and photos provided by Nicole Perreira.