Hundreds of people were wowed by Bodmin College’s talented performers during a three-night showing of a hit West End musical.

Bodmin College performing and creative arts students have impressed audiences with a showstopping performance of the hit musical, Mary Poppins Jnr, with shows held at the school on 29th, 30th and 31st January. After months of rehearsals, over a thousand tickets flew from the box office for their performances.

“We were so proud to be one of the first schools in the South West to stage the new junior edition of one of the most iconic musicals of all time!” commented Mr Vincent, Director of Music at Bodmin College. “It is such a magical, fun-filled and family-orientated show and our students embraced it wholeheartedly!”

The students told the story of how a magical nanny brings together the Banks family, based on P.L Travers’ stories set in London in the early 1900’s. 

“As a multi award winning Disney Mackintosh stage musical classic, it features iconic songs such as ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, ‘Feed the Birds’, ‘Jolly Holiday’ and ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, it had our audiences of all ages singing along and enjoying every minute!” commented Mr Vincent. “The incredible talent we have here at Bodmin College never fails to amaze me – across every year group. Mary Poppins was a very challenging production, but not only did they rise to the occasion, they exceeded all expectations and blew everyone away!” 

The performance was a vibrant, fun display of students’ vocal, acting and dance talents with a cast made up of students from Year 7 all the way to Year 13. The project involved over 200 students with creative and performing arts staff supporting the production. 

“As always, it was a staggering team effort led by the creative team, with amazing stage design, technical support and backstage planning, not to mention our students who showcased how talented they are in creative design, acting, singing and dancing!” 

The shows leading characters, Mary Poppins and Bert were played by Maya and Dom. These were supported by Yasmin as Jane Banks, Jonah as Michael Banks, Josh as George Banks, Laura as Winifred Banks and Rebecca as The Birdwoman.

George who played Neleus commented, “It was such an uplifting and feel-good show and it was amazing to be a part of it!” 

Phoebe who played Mrs. Corry, commented, “I can’t believe how much I have enjoyed being part of the whole production, from start to finish it has been great fun and to be honest I’d like to do it all again!”  

Principal, Ms Seward-Adams said, “The whole cast has worked tirelessly giving up so much of their time to attend rehearsals, spending their breaktimes, lunchtimes and after school putting this incredible production together. I am so proud of our students and staff who have worked together to create something spectacular. We have such exceptional talent here at Bodmin College and we’re passionate about championing creativity, confidence and dedication in our students. Mary Poppins has been another display of how our students embrace these important attributes!” 

“The production team would like to thank everyone that was involved in the show, from the Construction, Textiles and Graphics students through to the show’s cast members. A special and heartfelt thank you must go to Blue Chilli Flying, for assisting our production, our amazing flying effects would not have been possible without you!” added Mr Vincent. 

“At is heart, Mary Poppins is all about love, family, magic, possibilities and kindness. Theatre can teach us these life lessons and Mary Poppins does exactly that. Anything can happen if you let it!” 

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