Rugby school's production of Mary Poppins wins prestigious award - The Rugby Observer

Rugby school's production of Mary Poppins wins prestigious award

TALENTED performers at a Rugby school are flying high after scooping a prestigious award for their production of Mary Poppins Jr.

The ambitious production, which ran for eight performances and featured over 80 of The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College’s students, was entered into the National School Theatre Awards.

Talent representatives from the award travelled to the school for one of the performances and evaluated the production using a range of criteria, including skill, creativity, and technique.

The evaluation written by the representatives, along with a recording of the show, was submitted to the award’s judges.

And last month, a selection of the cast, along with members of the performing arts department, travelled to The Shaw Theatre in London, where they had the opportunity to perform one of the songs from the show.

During the award ceremony, The Avon Valley School was announced as the winner of the ‘Best Musical 2024’ award.

The award was presented to the students by Chris Ma, a musical director and pianist who has worked in some of the most prominent musical theatre productions in London and internationally.

During the evening, the students heard from veteran actor David Bradley, who played Argus Filch in Harry Potter. The students also met actress Kara Tointon.

Headteacher Blake Francis said: “The performing arts have been a core part of our school’s ethos for many, many years. I was absolutely blown away by the standard of Mary Poppins; it was the best show I have ever seen. We are all very proud that the efforts of the students and the performing arts team have been recognised in these national awards.”

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