It’s been back to the drawing board for A Level Graphics girls this term, as they have been supporting the new School Production, Hairspray by getting stuck into a brief to create artwork, a font and a logo for the show.

The Creative team behind Hairspray, Director Mrs Dobson, Musical Director Mr Newey, Choreographer Miss Bowman and Assistant Director Miss Richardson came along to check over the finishing touches to the girls’ designs in mid-October, to finalise what they would be using and how. They were spoilt for choice.

Year 12 have been working to deliver the creative side of the brief. The brief asked for a strong visual which could be immediately recognisable as Hairspray The Musical – the brand and which was also inspired by some of the iconic lettering from the original John Waters film which inspired the musical. They came up with some original designs into which were incorporated a picture of Millie Hackett donning a Beehive. Millie plays Tracey Turnblad, Hairspray’s heroine. Year 13 then used some Photoshop wizardry to create workable versions of the original sketches and ideas, meaning that every girl taking A Level Graphics was involved.

The artwork will form a crucial part of the Production’s visual identity. It will be used at Northern Stage, on their website and in-house on promotional material in the foyer ready for January, when it hits the stage. It will also be the cover of the programme – top tip – these always sell out, so get yours on the opening night! In addition, it will feature on our website, school message boards and advertising. Last year, West Side Story cast members raised money among themselves to fund a targeted WhatsApp Filter to promote the show, but this is the first time that NHSG have relied on the expertise of girls to create the visual look of the production.

The Creative Team from Performing Arts were really impressed by the standard of the designs and the commitment which our girls had shown through their creative and technical contributions. They were able to be adaptable and also to work to a strict deadline, so that the designs can be used to promote ticket sales. Inspiration included the show’s famous beehived look, words spraying out of an aerosol can and the use of hairdressing tools – e.g. scissors to form part of the lettering. In terms of the final deigns, work by Annie Frost, Imogen Ackhurst and India Cooper-Clarke (Year 12) was digitally developed by Malaika Javed, Ruby Lovett and Harriet Dunlop (Year 13) who all got a real (ultra) hold on the project!

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