Something about Mary
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.