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At a recent performance the audience ________
- was mostly children.
- included many adults without children.
- was presented by teenagers.
In 1964, Walt Disney’s ﬁlm Mary Poppins was a big success. People loved the ﬁlm for its special eﬀects, for the songs and for the story itself. Now there is a stage version of Mary Poppins. The stage version has also been very successful.
The interesting thing is that not only young children enjoy the magic of Mary Poppins. The story is loved by people of all ages. At a recent performance at the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre, many people in the audience were adults who had not brought children with them.
The ﬁlm version of Mary Poppins is a little diﬀerent from the stage version. But the story expresses the same ideas. The main idea is that Mary Poppins teaches the Banks family how to live well together and how to live without stress.
At the beginning the Banks family is in crisis. Mr Banks is very successful at work, but he does not spend enough time with his family. Everybody is stressed. The children start behaving badly.
And then Mary Poppins comes from nowhere. Her magic helps the family learn to appreciate and respect each other. The lessons that Mary Poppins teaches are very simple. The ﬁrst lesson is that money does not always bring happiness. Instead, it is important to understand the true value of things. Mary Poppins then shows the family that it is sometimes important to be like a child. It is important to believe in magic, or to enjoy simple things like ﬂying a kite. Most modern experts on stress would agree with this kind of therapy.
Mary Poppins also shows that it is important to have time for other people, especially one’s family.
Finally, Mary Poppins teaches that it is important to look up at the stars. We can then see how big the world is and how small we are. At the end of the stage version of Mary Poppins, the actors point up at the stars. Then the stars shine on the audience. The message seems to be that each person is like a star too.
It is a simple kind of magic, but it works very well.