By Miss Baynham-Williams, Director of Performing Arts
To kick start 2020 the students from All Saints’ Academy were successful in wowing audiences with their more than ‘Practically Perfect’ whole academy production of Walt Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Jr’. The corridors were filled with familiar songs bringing a real sense of nostalgia and community to the Performing Arts Faculty. A whopping number of 100 students including cast and crew showcased their professionalism, determination and confidence with four spectacular performances of the show.
What made this one really special was how many KS3 students joined the cast and we must say a special congratulations to the many Year 7 students that joined and were really brave auditioning this time. This year, the talents from the auditions overwhelmed us so we had two different casts as they were all too hard to choose from in the end. Year 10 student Logan made his debut performance as a lead role on the ASA stage as loveable but troubled George Banks. Our younger students Amelia P and Alfey K took on the huge responsibility of the iconic and cheeky children Michael and Jane Banks along with Lucy W and Charlie S in Year 8 showing us that our KS3 students are more than capable of stepping up to forefront of stage from a young age. Our lead cast consisted of Sixth Form Music and Drama students Reece A Chantae S, Oliver R, Jose L, Mitra H, Natali H, Hannah A and Harvey W along with Year 11 students Ellie S and Katie S. Audiences exclaimed that our very own Mary Poppins was “better than Dame Julie Andrews herself!” and that is down to the sweet harmonies and enchanting tones of talented Sixth Form student Shana Kelly.
It was another iconic, ambitious but memorable production from our students that continue to take such pride in the Performing Arts. We performed to a jam packed audience every single evening which just reflects the kind support of our surrounding community and the following that Cheltenham now has when it comes to hearing about an All Saints’ Academy show. There was laughter, there were tears of joy, reminiscence and pride and audiences were blown away by Mary, her magic umbrella, the charismatic Chimney Sweeps that taught us all how to ‘Step in Time’, the enchanting characters and the entire cast, crew and company. All Saints’ Academy’s ‘Mary Poppins Jr’ was ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ in every way! Bravo!