Internationally acclaimed musical at John Cabot Academy

The multi-talented students at John Cabot Academy were thrilled to present the internationally acclaimed musical comedy phenomenon, Hairspray.

In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad (Emmie Eustace, Year 11) auditions for a spot on The Corny Collins Show and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny’s reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.

Performed over three nights to packed houses, with an additional matinee performance for pupils at local primary schools, this spectacular musical boasted show-stopping numbers and electrifying dance routines. The production is brought to life by a cast and crew of more than 70 students spanning Years 7 to 13.

The Bristol students have worked extremely hard to produce this show, giving up hours of their own time right through from auditions last July and rehearsals since September.

The music to this fabulous musical extravaganza is played by an exceptional 10-piece live band featuring students from Years 9-11.

Charlotte Grierson, the school’s curriculum leader for performing arts, said: “It has been a pleasure working with the students and staff. Their commitment and dedication beyond their normal school day is fantastic. Having the privilege of a live band and slick backstage and technical team, really makes the show a fantastic performance all round.

“Overall, the message of Hairspray remains relevant to today’s audiences as it reflects many current events and issues in society and hopefully amongst the colourful costumes and bright lights, our students will have enjoyed being part of such an iconic musical.”

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