Mary Poppins - December 01 - December 03, 2017

Saint Thomas' Episcopal School

 End Notes 

From the Director:




In today’s fast-paced world, there is nothing like a good old-fashioned musical.


Ironically, the stage version of Mary Poppins is relatively new. The musical premiered just 11 years ago on Broadway, during the lifetime of many of our cast members. This new version still has the familiar songs and timeless charm of the original; however, what IS new are fresh orchestrations, characters from P. L. Travers’ original books who did not make it into the classic film, and a true villain. In the film, the villain was essentially George Banks. In this stage version, we begin thinking this will be the case, until we see his reaction to true source of evil. As a result we get to know the many sides of George and appreciate the love he has for his family. Possibly the greatest character transformation is that of Winifred. In the film she is painted as a silly Edwardian housewife, trying to make her way in a changing world by singing a farcical Suffragette song. In this 1964 film portayal we are reminded of how far women still had to go to earn what equality we enjoy today. In the new musical, Winifred is easily the most empathetic character, earning the support of the entire audience with her touching solo, "Being Mrs. Banks."


Most importantly, the stage musical brings us a new message. In Act Two, listen for the lyrics: “If you reach for the stars all you’ll get are the stars, but we’ve got a whole new spin. If you reach for the heavens, you get stars thrown in.” After Harvey, STE began to reach for the heavens - through prayer, service, and faith, we have surpassed so many obstacles in our way. We are becoming stronger and more steadfast in our mission to bring a Christ-centered education to our students. By producing musicals full of hope and energy, focusing on the themes of family, love, and togetherness, the STE Theatre Department and the Scottish Players are doing their part to reach for the heavens. Enjoy this magical show!



Lauren Pastorek, Director

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