Mary Poppins soars in school production - The Rugby Observer

Mary Poppins soars in school production

A SUPER-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious time was had by all when a Rugby secondary school staged a production of Mary Poppins Jr.

Following eight performances, the curtain has closed on The Avon Valley School’s successful show, which featured almost 100 students.

Following months of rehearsals, the show’s acting, singing, and dancing wowed audiences – with a particular highlight being Mary Poppins floating across the stage on a specially hired flight system.

Four of the school’s students each took a turn at performing in the show’s titular role – Year 9 student Amelia Taylor, and Year 10 students Freya Lee, Kacie Monaher and Daisy Adamson. Loveable jack-of-all-trades Bert was played by Year 10 student Joel Tytler.




They were joined on stage with the rest of the cast, ensemble, and dancers who came from all year groups.

An audience member said: “The performance was absolutely amazing. I was thoroughly impressed by the talent on display tonight. The singing, dancing, and acting were all top-notch.


“The scenery, lights, and visuals were breath-taking. The skill of the behind-the-scenes staff to coordinate so many scene changes was impressive. The music production was fabulous, not to mention the flying and revolving stage.

“This was not a school production; it was a professional theatre production, and it was magnificent. Well done to all the hard-working staff and young adults. Bravo.”

Performing arts faculty leader Elisa Wheatley said: “A massive amount of hard work and effort from the students and my team went into the show, and we were delighted with the results.

“Everyone involved in Mary Poppins was a pleasure to work with, and they can all be very proud of themselves.”

Headteacher Blake Francis added: “The show ended with the final performances sold out. The feedback we have received has been extremely positive.

“The whole show was magical, and the talent was amazing. I’d like to thank everyone who supported the show, especially our dedicated performing arts team. The students did the school proud in the best show I have ever seen.”

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