Some­thing about Mary

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PENRHOS Col­lege stu­dents are ex­cited to per­form in a pro­duc­tion of Mary Pop­pins The Broad­way Mu­si­cal.

PENRHOS Col­lege stu­dents are ex­cited to per­form the 2017 pro­duc­tion, Mary Pop­pins The Broad­way Mu­si­cal, based on the sto­ries of P.L. Travers and the Walt Dis­ney film.

A large cast of drama, dance and mu­sic stu­dents from years 7 to 12 will per­form across three dates in July in the Col­lege’s Rixon The­atre.

Mary Pop­pins (her last name de­scribes her be­hav­iour, be­cause she tends to ‘pop in’ and ‘pop out’ of chil­dren’s lives when­ever she pleases) mys­te­ri­ously ar­rives at Num­ber 17 Cherry Tree Lane as the nanny for Jane and Michael Banks.

She pro­vides or­der and takes the chil­dren on many mag­i­cal and mem­o­rable ad­ven­tures.

But Jane and Michael are not the only ones on whom she has a pro­found ef­fect.

Even grown-ups can learn a les­son or two from the nanny who ad­vises that ‘any­thing can hap­pen if you let it’.

Year 12 drama stu­dent He­lena Cielak said she was look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing the role of Mary Pop­pins.

“Play­ing Mary Pop­pins is close to a dream come true,” she said.

“She's such an iconic and strong fe­male char­ac­ter and I feel ex­tremely blessed that I’ve been given the chance to bring her char­ac­ter to life.

“Of all the pro­duc­tions I’ve been in at Penrhos, Mary Pop­pins is def­i­nitely the most chal­leng­ing, which is bril­liant for my fi­nal year, to be in such an im­pres­sive show.”

Mary Pop­pins first opened in Lon­don’s West End in 2004. It won two Olivier Awards, one for Best Ac­tress in a Mu­si­cal and the other for Best The­atre Chore­og­ra­phy.

A Broad­way pro­duc­tion opened in 2006, with only mi­nor changes from the West End pro­duc­tion.

It re­ceived seven Tony Award nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing Best Mu­si­cal and win­ning for Best Scenic De­sign.

Penrhos Col­lege stu­dents Tayah Crothers, Amelie Broad­bent, Ju­lia Sch­wab, Gia Mairata and He­lena Cielak.

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