Broadoak Academy Stages West End Musical
The inimitable Mary Poppins flew over the rooftops of Weston-super-Mare and into the auditorium of Broadoak Academy for two supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sell-out shows.
In a story based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and a Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, the Broadoak Academy cast captured the hearts of all who the watched the performances.
Mary Poppins (played by Nikki, Year 7) and Bert (played by Scarlett, Year 9), headed up a cast and crew of more than 30 students, ranging from Year 7 to Year 11. Students worked extremely hard to produce a magical show, giving up hours of their own time and rehearsing since last November.
The plot is centred around Edwardian London, where yet another nanny resigns from keeping an eye on George Banks’ boisterous children, Jane and Michael. But then, as if by magic, a new nanny – the enchanting Mary Poppins – lands on their doorstep to take control of the situation. Thrilling adventures alongside her Cockney performer friend, Bert, pave the way for a wonderful transformation.
Naomi Aves, Head of Creative and Performing Arts said, “It is always an immense pleasure working with our students outside of the classroom. This was our first fully staged production since before Covid and for most of our cast and crew, the first time they have been involved in a show like this. I am incredibly proud, not only of how they have developed as individual performers but together, how they have contributed to rebuilding the performing arts community at Broadoak Academy.”