“Mary Poppins”: Grab Your Umbrella and Support Jamaica Environment Trust!


The book (or rather books, as it was a series of eight!) was a childhood favorite of mine that turned into a very successful musical.

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Sorry, not a great photo and my copy of “Mary Poppins in the Park” (my favorite) is very much the worse for wear. I have had it since the age of six!

Coincidentally, I watched the 1964 film quite recently, just for a bit of nostalgia. Dick Van Dyke’s attempt at a Cockney accent still delights! Now it is the 2020 production of the Jamaica Junior Theatre – a wonderful institution that brings musicals of the highest quality. I have happy memories of being an audience member at many of their productions with our young son.

One that I will never forget was The Lion King  – a stunning show in which Jamaica Environment Trust’s (JET) CEO Suzanne Stanley performed as a teenager! Other gems included Sarafina, Beauty and the Beast and many others.

So do come and fill the Philip Sherlock Centre on Saturday, February 15 at 4:00 p.m. for a fundraiser performance for JET. And bring your plastic bottles!

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JET is partnering with JJT to host Mary Poppins on February 15

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is pleased to announce that they will host a showing of the 2020 Jamaica Junior Theatre (JJT) musical production – Mary Poppins – on Saturday, February 15 at 4:00pm at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI Mona. All proceeds from the sale of tickets for the February 15 show will be in support of JET’s environmental work.

The JJT Mary Poppins production, which has already received rave reviews from audiences since its opening on January 10, features the talent of 33 young people, aged 9 to 21 years, performing the popular musical for charitable causes like JET. “This year’s show was particularly appealing to JET because of the musical’s underlying messages teaching children to care for green spaces and show respect for the custodians of our communities,” said Suzanne Stanley, JET’s CEO.

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L-R: Raina Vaz as Jane Banks, Savana James as Mary Poppins and Marc-Alexander Gayle as Michael Banks take the stage for the 2020 Jamaica Junior Theatre Musical Production Mary Poppins at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI Mona

The JET showing of Mary Poppins will also feature a front-of-house booth from JET’s public education campaign on solid waste – Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica. Patrons who bring 30 or more plastic bottles for recycling to the show, will receive Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica reusable items – bags, bottles, food containers, utensils, and straws.

“As an alumna of Jamaica Junior Theatre, JET hosting a JJT show as a fundraiser is particularly meaningful to me,” said Stanley. “At a young age JJT taught me how hard work, creative thinking, and volunteerism are the key to successful non-profit work, lessons which have been invaluable during my tenure at JET.”

Tickets for the February 15 show are J$1,500 each and are available at JET’s office, 123 Constant Spring Road, Unit 5, Kingston 8; please call 876-960-3693, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm for more information.

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