Hairspray was the word on everyone’s lips as Spring term got underway after the Christmas holidays. Girls and the Performing Arts staff had been working hard rehearsing during the holidays and weekends, and these geared up a notch in January so that every line, dance move and musical note could be perfected in time for opening night. The hard work certainly paid off!

Hairspray was a delight from start to finish and an amazing showcase of NHSG talent. It was no surprise then, that only a handful of single tickets were left unsold across the four shows and the cast performed to a packed and enraptured audience each time.

Hairspray, which addresses the issue of racism and segregation in 1960s USA, was a popular choice among the girls and their enjoyment of performing their roles was evident. Millie Hackett and Maddie Carter, who starred as best friends Tracy Turnblad and Penny Pingleton, kept the audience entertained from start to finish with their convincing performances. Now that the show is over, both are concentrating on applying for Drama schools for next year and realising their dreams of a career on stage. Another who fulfilled her dream was Amber Akpo, also in Year 13, who has wanted to act in Hairspray since she first watched it on television aged seven. Her powerful performance as Motormouth Maybelle was one of the most memorable of the show.

One of the best things about the show however, is that it was not just the stalwarts of the Drama department who were involved. For many girls it was their first taste of musical theatre and the exceptional standard is a credit to their commitment and hard work. This enthusiasm to get involved is infectious and each performance finished with the audience joining in and dancing to the final catchy song.

Next year’s musical has not yet been announced, but you can be sure that Director Mrs Dobson is already thinking about it. We hope to see more musical theatre novices get involved next year too!


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