Thursday 4 June, 2020

PHOTOS: Hearing-impaired students treated to Mary Poppins viewing

Mary Poppins features two mischievous children being attended to by a supernatural nanny.

Mary Poppins features two mischievous children being attended to by a supernatural nanny.

Digicel Foundation recently treated nearly 250 hearing-impaired students to a viewing of the acclaimed musical, Mary Poppins, at the Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Performing Arts in St Andrew.

“The point of it is to bring them together so that they can experience theatre, something outside their normal realm. This showing is our way of bringing them out to experience something new, widening the scope and just allowing them to get involved in the arts,” Digicel Foundation CEO Charmaine Daniels told Loop News during last Sunday's viewing.

The participating students were from five schools for the deaf across the island - two of the institutions having benefited from the installation of literacy labs (used to improve the students' ability to communicate with individuals who can hear) courtesy of the Digicel Foundation.

Digicel Foundation chairman Jean Lowrie-Chin addressing members of the audience ahead of the viewing.

A production of the Jamaica Music Theatre Company, Mary Poppins features two mischievous children being attended to by a supernatural nanny, who eventually transforms their lives and that of their family.

There were continuous cheers throughout by the students in the audience, who were aided by interpreter Antoinette Aiken's narration of the dialogue. 

“We can’t put a dollar value on the experience because it is one that they can never forget," Daniels said. 

"There are very few shows that specifically cater to their needs and so it’s an opportunity that they would normally not have," the Digicel Foundation CEO continued.

"Part of what the foundation tries to do is raise the awareness and we are hoping that by doing this, there will be other partners that will come on board and try to offer more events and more performances for the special needs community,” she said.

Special needs is one of three core pillars for Digicel Foundation, with the others being community development and education; according to Daniels, special needs ties all three pillars together. 

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Mary Poppins

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