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It all began with Mary Poppins. ... The uncanny nanny who has charmed children for 50 years and is still working her magic with the current generation, including 10-year-old Logan Sejas of Greenwood.
“‘Mary Poppins’ has always been my favorite movie,” he said. “So when the musical was on tour, my mom took me to see it.”
That’s the moment when Logan became completely enchanted. “I told my mom I wanted to do that someday – be an actor!”
And in true Disney fashion, his dream has come true.
Logan is starring in the role of Michael Banks in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of the musical “Mary Poppins.” Michael and his sister, Jane (played by Kennedy Martin), have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep in 1910 England. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the troubled Banks family how to value one another again.
“I feel so lucky that I get to be in this show,” Logan said. “ ‘Mary Poppins’ has been my favorite ever since I was little. My mom said when I was 3 I would stand in front of the TV and say, ‘Sugar Movie, Supar Movie’! I’ve probably seen it 100 times. And I love the music so much.
“When I saw the musical, my favorite part was the spelling of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
While it’s his debut at Beef & Boards, Logan has been on stage before, most recently as Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. With his lively, spot-on performance and professionalism, he managed to steal a few scenes during the show.
His first taste of the stage was at a Roncalli theater camp, where “Willy Wonka” was performed. Since then he has performed with Q Artistry, a community theater in Irvington that teams children with professional actors in original works.
Logan, a fourth-grader at St. Rose of Lima in Franklin, was awarded the role of Banks in February, which allowed him enough time to work ahead on his class assignments.
Rehearsals took place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., which meant he missed two weeks of school, but his supportive teachers sent work home for him. Luckily, learning his lines seems to come natural.
On opening night of “Mary Poppins,” 40 of his classmates, some parents, teachers and his music teacher attended to cheer him on. A few students may have been bitten by the acting bug after seeing him perform.
The musical is on stage through June 29. Tickets, $10 for children ages 3-15 and $38.50 to $63.50 for adults, include a buffet dinner and can be reserved by calling 872-9664. Go to their website at beefandboards.com for additional information.
The support for his acting began at home with his parents, Kandra and Daniel Sejas, and his siblings, Gabby, 8, and Corbin, 5.
Daniel is a barbershop quartet performer, so Logan may have received some of his stage presence from seeing his father perform. Kandra says Logan is a sweet kid who loves the theater and always wants to go back, even after a long day of rehearsals.
Gabby and Corbin are proud of their brother and like to pretend they are Jane and Michael Banks. They never seem to tire of watching the movie “Mary Poppins.”
What is in Logan’s future?
He loves sports and says he would like to play in the NBA someday. He plans to continue his stage work. This young thespian has already recognized that acting is something he is passionate about and has followed through with it. Everyone is waiting to see what he does when he gets older.