Glit­ter set­tles for MMuDS

Mansfield Courier - - Targa High Country -

NOW that the glit­ter has set­tled from the last MMuDS per­for­mance of Mary Pop­pins, it is in­ter­est­ing to look back on how many peo­ple were in­volved in pro­duc­ing a show that over 2300 peo­ple came to see.

Stag­ing a big, pop­u­lar mu­si­cal like Mary Pop­pins takes thou­sands of vol­un­teer hours and drew on the tal­ent and time of dozens of lo­cal peo­ple over a three year time frame.

To in­volve the broader com­mu­nity in the thrill of stag­ing a big mu­si­cal, the Mary Pop­pins pro­duc­tion team sought the sup­port of lo­cal schools and com­mu­nity groups as well as in­di­vid­u­als.

In ad­di­tion to the ef­forts of the pro­duc­tion team, crew, cast and or­ches­tra, peo­ple around the district were also very busy.

Pri­mary school stu­dents at St Mary’s dec­o­rated the 60 beau­ti­ful pa­per kites on dis­play in the foyer of the Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, set­ting the scene for the show.

The kite theme con­tin­ued into WKH WKHDWUH WR WKH PDJQL¿FHQW kites soar­ing un­der the roof which were sewn by the Jamieson Craft Group.

Ev­ery Sun­day for over six PRQWKV WKH 0DQV¿HOG 6KRZ grounds re­sounded with saw­ing, drilling and ham­mer­ing as the ded­i­cated sets team built the sub­stan­tial sets for the show.

While the sets took shape, it has been no ‘jolly hol­i­day’ for Cathie Smith, who de­signed and sewed the cos­tumes.

Cathie sewed ap­prox­i­mately six kilo­me­tres of seams and wore her sewing ma­chine out as well as co­or­di­nat­ing a band of helpers to put to­gether the dozens of cos­tumes for the cast of 32.

7KH 0DQV¿HOG &:$ EUDQFK rolled out me­tres of dough and ¿UHG XS WKH RYHQV WR EDNH KXQ dreds of dec­o­rated gin­ger­bread stars in cel­e­bra­tion of a spe­cial scene in the show.

Even more peo­ple were in­volved in man­ning the front-of­house and back­stage with makeup, set changes and run­ning the tech­ni­cal as­pects.

Pro­ducer, Michele Pad­bury, said that a con­ser­va­tive guess would in­di­cate over 250 peo­ple are in­volved in some way be­hind the scenes of the pro­duc­tion.

“When you think of all the time each per­son vol­un­tar­ily spends on pre­par­ing for the show, we are talk­ing lit­er­ally thou­sands and thou­sands of hours,” she said.

Di­rec­tor Louise Hop­wood agreed, adding that this is one of the great things about liv­ing in a small com­mu­nity.

“Shows like this can­not hap­pen with­out vol­un­teer sup­port - ev­ery­one in­volved owns a lit­tle bit of Mary Pop­pins.

“By in­volv­ing so many peo­ple, it feels like a greater achieve­ment and I thank ev­ery­one sin­cerely for their time, ideas and en­ergy.

“Huge thanks also have to go to the busi­nesses which sup­ported Mary Pop­pins.”

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