Glitter settles for MMuDS
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.
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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.
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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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