mary poppins


It’s a rare treat to find a show that appeals to all ages but the Hollywood Palace series at Glen Street Theatre does just that. The performance sees a classic, Hollywood film paired up with a variety show concert. The latest instalment was Mary Poppins and it provided an afternoon of good, old fashioned fun for the whole family.

The pre-film concert went for about an hour and was hosted by Vov Dylan who also fronts the Vov Dylan Quartet. Dylan is renowned for his exceptional violin playing, having previously earned the title of “World’s fastest violinist”. On this occasion he certainly did not disappoint. The rest of the ensemble was made up of Brian Dean on guitar, Nicole Murray-Prior on double bass, Will Dower on drums and John Watson on piano.

The concert started off in a very upbeat way with the theme tune to The Muppet Show. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was also offered as a sweet and breezy instrumental. After this Dylan encouraged us to clap along to a medley that featured Johann Strauss’ “The Blue Danube”, “The Chicken (Dance)” and “If You’re Happy & You Know It”. The group also played The Carpenters’ “Sing” which segued off into “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music (this latter part allowed all of the audience to sing along with gusto).

It was then time for magician, Joel Howlett to do a short sport. He dazzled us with his tricks like making a dove appear from a bag, knotting and cutting ropes, making a napkin disappear and hiding an audience member’s $20 note in a lemon. Howlett was not the only guest star on the day, Dylan also had his 14 year old daughter Olivia do a graceful ballet routine to the Mary Poppins song, “Feed The Birds”.

The Palace Quartet returned for some Disney classics, “When You Wish Upon A Star”, “The Mickey Mouse March” and “A Spoonful of Sugar”. John Watson is a man that many audience members would have recognised as being the musician in residence at Minskys Hotel in Cremorne and he lead an excellent version of Elton John’s “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?”, he even sounded like the Rocket Man himself.

The Hollywood Palace Series offers up some good, fun times for the whole family. In October they are hosting another instalment for the film, High Society, which should be as enjoyable as the one for Mary Poppins was. In fact, this entertainment was simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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