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This week, students at Accrington Academy have been wowing audiences with another winter showstopper performance – presenting one of the nation’s best loved musicals ‘Mary Poppins’.

With a cast and crew made up of students from Year 7 all the way to Year 13, the performance was a vibrant, fun display of the young people’s vocal and acting talents. They have worked tirelessly alongside staff since September to ensure they delivered the very best show for their friends and families.

Students began the week with a special matinee performance on Tuesday 19th November for 300 local primary pupils and their teachers – encouraging a sing-along to everyone’s favourite songs, including ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’, ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ and ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. The children had a fantastic time, with the teachers branding it “absolutely outstanding” and a “ten out of ten” performance.

Then on Wednesday and Thursday, students repeated their dazzling performances for audiences made up of their friends, families and local community members. Once again, the whole ensemble cast put on a fantastic all-singing, all-dancing show, with the starring role of Mary Poppins played by Carla and Bert played by Harry. Taking on the characters of the Banks family were Abbie, Josh, Alisha and Muhammad.

Mr Kerfoot, Headteacher, said:

“This year’s winter performance has been superb and showcased the exceptional talents, hard work and creativity of students right across the Academy. It is not easy to replicate a show to the same high standard over several days, so our young people can be incredibly proud of themselves. Likewise, I know how much time and energy our Performing Arts Team have put into making the performance a success – thank you to all the staff and parents who have supported it.

“We are always looking to champion creativity, confidence and dedication as just some of the attributes we hope to nurture in students as part of an Education with Character. Mary Poppins has been another fantastic example of this and we were pleased to be able to share the show with local primary schools, parents and our wider community.”


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