A Preparatory School year group will be taking on a modern musical classic for a special event later in the summer term.
Rydal Penrhos’ Year 6 contingent are already busy rehearsing ahead of their annual play, which will be the iconic Walt Disney tale Mary Poppins.
Music teacher Richard Davies has been working incredibly hard with the cast ahead of their two-night production, which will take place on June 19 and 20.
This follows on from last year’s Year 6 play Aladdin, with the 2017 production of The Lion King another notable highlight.
Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers.
The screenplay is by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi, based on P. L. Travers's book series Mary Poppins.
The film, which combines live-action and animation, starred Julie Andrews in her feature film debut as Mary Poppins, who visits a dysfunctional family in London and employs her unique brand of lifestyle to improve the family's dynamic.
It was shot entirely at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California using painted London background scenes and received critical acclaim upon its release, receiving a total of 13 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture – a record for any other film released by Walt Disney Studios – and won five.
Prep School Head Alison Hind, said: “Mary Poppins is one of the most heart-warming tales of all time and it will be a fantastic way for our Year 6 group to sign off their time with us.
“Their annual play is always one of the highlights of the academic year and everyone at Rydal Penrhos is very much looking forward to it.”