Creative careers ahead for Mary Poppins cast

LEAD ROLES: Joseph Maher, 11, as Michael Banks, Chloe Crick, 17, as Mary Poppins, and April Beak, 15, as Jane Banks. Photo: Hannah Baker

LEAD ROLES: Joseph Maher, 11, as Michael Banks, Chloe Crick, 17, as Mary Poppins, and April Beak, 15, as Jane Banks. Photo: Hannah Baker

SEVEN Mary Poppins Broadway musical performances across five days.

While it might leave the most seasoned of actors worn out, the hectic schedule has been taken on with verve by Sheldon College students.

Evening and matinee performances are on at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre from April 21 until April 29, with tickets already sold out to the Friday night and weekend shows due to popular demand.

Producer Darren Harvey said the hard work by students since before Christmas had not only prepared them for the musical, but also for careers in the creative arts.

Chloe Crick, 17, who was cast as Mary Poppins, said she loved every aspect of musical theatre. 

“My favourite thing is when everything comes together,” she said. 

While learning lines, songs and choreography has taken months practice, the Year 12 student said the final show would be a bitter-sweet experience.

Chloe is joined by April Beak, 15, who plays Jane Banks, and Joseph Maher, 11, as Michael Banks.

All three children and others involved in the musical are part the college’s Australian School of the Arts program, which offers pathways into creative pursuits, including early entry into Griffith University performing arts or television and film related degrees.

Both Chloe and April said they wanted to study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts after finishing high school.

Joseph said his interest in singing and acting could mean further stage appearances.

For more information, visit astalive.com.au.

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