Mary Poppins appreciated in Uckfield in the most delightful way

Photo by Ron Hill
Photo by Ron Hill

Young performers from years three and four at Rocks Park School, Uckfield enjoyed putting on a performance of Mary Poppins, much to the delight of teachers, friends and parents.

The show drew admiration from the entire audience who discovered it also marked the starting point for the school’s Book Week.

A member of staff said: “The singing and acting were outstanding, the costumes fantastic and the children had worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserved the rapturous applause from the audience.”

The original performance of Mary Poppins was in a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney based on P L Travers’ book of the same name.

A later film showed the battles Walt Disney had with the author over changes he wanted to make to the original story.

The film starred Julie Andrews in her titular role as a magical nanny who visits a dysfunctional family in London and employs her unique talents to improve the family’s lifestyle.

It also starred Dick Van Dyke, (who struggled with the cockney accent,) David Tomlinson and Glynis Johns and was released to universal acclaim receiving a total of 13 Academy Award nominations including Best Original Song for Chim Chim Cheree.”

It has always been an AmDram favourite but demands high standards of acting, so Rocks Park showed ambition and confidence by choosing it.