by AUDREY GREGG
"The Banks Family - Bradley McKee, Lisa
Phillips, Georgia Burnside and Frank Adrain.
A SPOONFUL of sugar certainly wasn't needed
at Academy Primary School, Saintfield recently as performances
from the pupils went down a treat when the school staged its
seventh biannual musical production to sell-out audiences for
three nights in the school hall.
The children gave stunning performances of
'Mary Poppins' and the production was so popular that an extra
matinee performance was staged to cope with the demand for
Over 100 Primary 6 and 7 children took part
together with a choir of 38 to accompany them.
The lead characters were Sarah Dorman (Mary
Poppins), Joshua Johnston-Wood (Bert) and Bradley McKee and Lisa
Phillips also gave excellent performances in their roles as Mr.
& Mrs. Banks.
Their children were played by Georgia Burnside and Frank
School principal Mr. Stephen Moore said: "The three nights
were the culmination of four months of hard work and terrific
dedication shown by the pupils, staff and parents.
"The support we received from the local
community through sponsorship and practical help made the whole
"The children have gained so much from the
experience and who knows we may see some of them on the big
screen in later years."
Bert (Joshua Johnston-Wood) and Mary Poppins