Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins show performed by Perse Players

Musical magic took flight with the Perse Players’ supercalifragilisticexpialidocious production of Mary Poppins JR.

Based on P.L. Travers’ tale, made famous by the hit movie starring Julie Andrews, the show played to four sold-out performances in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre.

Aimee Reed (Lower Sixth) and Paloma Bargh (Year 11) shared the role of the magical nanny who blows in by umbrella to look after siblings Jane and Michael and bring the Banks family closer together.

Perse Theatre Practitioner in Residence David Barrett directed Mary Poppins and was delighted with the response to the production.

He said: “One of the reasons we chose Mary Poppins was that we wanted something that families could come along to and enjoy.

“Thankfully that’s what happened with full houses for all four shows and that’s great for all the students taking part.

“With the Perse Players production, it’s supposed to be a whole-school event and for children from the Prep and Pelican, it’s something they can be inspired by and hopefully want to be a part of in the future.

“The whole point is that people in the audience leave with smiles on their faces and the reviews we’ve had have been very positive.”

Mr Barrett said a huge amount of effort had been put in by the cast and crew to make Mary Poppins as captivating a show as possible.

He said: “There is a lot of work that goes in from everybody. We asked a lot of the students involved and that includes the backstage team.

“We had 30 members of the Perse Production Company involved in the show, as well as more than 30 in the cast, and everybody rose to the challenge.

“It’s a massive undertaking to get it right and what we’ve tried to do is increase our production values each time we do another show and try to do something different.

“The students had a great time doing the show, so they were emotional when it was all over.”

Meanwhile, a collection held at each performance raised almost £700 for Christel House, which runs schools for children in some of the world’s most deprived communities.

These funds will be added to the Perse appeal to try to raise £8,000 for the charity during their Big Give week, which runs until Tuesday 5 December.

If the target is met during that time, Christel House will receive matched funding to double the sum to £16,000. To find out more about the appeal and to donate, please click here.


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