The reviews keep coming in!
Theatre De La Salle’s MARY POPPINS was PRACTICALLY PERFECT!
“The universal feedback was this show was TREMENDOUS! Congratulations to Cast and Crew! An awesome job!” writes show sponsor Mr. Andrew Heal of Heal & Co. Construction Lawyers.
“From the opening scene to the grand finale, it was truly an amazing production,” writes another sponsor, Mr Ron Cheng of Big Sky Brands. “The quality of your show was beyond our wildest expectations for a high school musical. It felt more like a professional theatre production. We appreciate all the effort and time you put into making such an amazing show."
Brother Domenic expressed his appreciation in a formal letter to the cast and crew: “Thank you for having participated in this important school activity. To produce something of this quality takes lots of work and dedication. It also takes courage to stand before your parents, teachers, and peers in this way. Congratulations on an excellent performance.”
We welcomed close to 2000 guests over the four show days and the feedback has been overwhelmingly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
“We were so impressed by the scale and excellent quality of your production,” writes parent Mr. Michael Henry. “There was such a large and talented cast which you and your team trained, marshalled and motivated. I am sure it will be an unforgettably enriching experience for so many students. It was our first time seeing a Del musical and we look forward to seeing more of them in future.”
“I just wanted to congratulate you on a brilliantly magical MARY POPPINS. All your hard work and dedication came through. I saw the show on Saturday night and, to tell you the truth, I didn’t want it to end. It was that entertaining! ~ Adriana D’Onofrio, parent
“I must say, you have done a phenomenal job organizing and premiering this delightful play! It really did have the Broadway feel to it, which is quite commendable with such young actors and actresses.” ~ Paul Trinca, Grade 9 student
“Once again, congratulations on another amazing performance! The way you were able to capture the magic of Mary Poppins was really special.” ~ Samantha Williams, teacher
“A huge thank you for creating such an incredible performance. Each year, you somehow manage to outdo yourself. Wow! What a top class theatre experience for the cast and the audience. We were all enthralled…some of our guests have already put next year’s performance in their calendars.” ~ Diane Wysocki, parent
“My family & I (13 in total) were absolutely blown away by the production. The singing, dancing and set design were absolutely exceptional. The show far surpassed our expectations of a high school production, and quite frankly was a very professional performance. Many thanks for the countless hours you devoted to the production. ~ Elizabeth Walford, parent
“I wanted to sincerely thank you again for the backstage tour your gave my family and for the opportunity to meet you and members of the cast and crew! It was an incredibly lovely, heartfelt production in every respect, filled with truly talented people. We enjoyed it so very much. Well done!” ~ Nina Rocco, parent of prospective students
“With every job when it's complete.
There is a sense of bitter-sweet
That moment when you know the task is done...”
Mary Poppins arrived to make order from disorder, to create unity from disunity. Once she had done so, Mary could leave for a secret place in the heavens. She, quite literally, pops in and pops out of people’s lives and makes them better, or at least more bearable.
Mary first popped into my life when I was 10 years old. Mary Poppins was the first film I saw in a movie theatre as a child. It remains one of my greatest childhood memories and one that opened up my eyes and nourished my imagination. The iconic “Feed the Birds” was Disney’s favourite song and remains my favourite melody from the show. It symbolizes a wealth of emotions - charity, love, human kindness, and compassion.
And so did this year’s production, because it’s been an emotional ride for all of us. Several cast members made their stage debut this year, while our Grade 12 cast mates took their final bows.
This year’s production brought together our largest cast to date. 100 talented students with diverse personalities and multiple commitments could, at times, be difficult to manage. It wasn’t always a jolly holiday for us. Some cast members required a regular dose of brimstone and treacle to keep them on task during rehearsals. Others only needed that spoonful of sugar to bring out their very best.
The four performances were the result of a seven month commitment made by our cast members who had to balance a rigorous academic workload with extracurricular commitments, family responsibilities, and active social lives.
My heartfelt thanks to Mr. Cherny and Mrs. Pollock for sharing their creative vision and directorial leadership; to TheatreDLS alum Johnny McGroarty (Class of ‘13) for taking a step back in time to join us on this magical journey and sharing his wit and whimsy;
to Mr. Michael Bailey, Jerry and Marlene McGroarty, Chris Tsujiuchi, and Melissa-Jane Shaw for their endless creativity and for resisting the temptation to tell me to “go fly a kite” anytime I put in my tuppence-worth of ideas; to my Grade 10, 11, and 12 Drama students for the creative contributions you all get to see and for the many laughs you didn’t get to hear; to the Administration, staff, and faculty of the College for their patience and support, to the parents of our cast members for “playing the game” with us; To our supercalifragilistic sponsors, advertisers, and donors, and to our audiences for the hearty “chim-chim-chiree” they gave us at every performance.
On behalf of Mr. Cherny, Mrs. Pollock, and Johnny McGroarty, I extend my congratulations and appreciation to the entire cast, Stage Management team, and crew on four practically perfect performances. I am so incredibly proud of each one of them for dedicating their time and talent to this production and to one another. It wasn’t always easy, but it was all worth it. They proved that anything really can happen if you let it!
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