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Bristol Met perform hit Broadway musical 'Hairspray'

The staff and student production comes on the back of last year's sell-out show, The Lion King

Posted by Julian Owen | November 30, 2017 | School life

Set in the 1960s Baltimore, Hairspray sees the dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad auditioning for a spot on 'The Corny Collins Show' and winning. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny's reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show in a bid to fight segregation. 

Rehearsals for Bristol Met's production started in November last year, with students rehearsing weekly and giving up time in their holidays. There are 60 students in the cast and more than 25 supporting crew members, from years seven to eleven. 

The production has involved the Music department, external artists, staff, parents and volunteers from the local community, who have responded “brilliantly” by helping with costumes and building amazing sets. 

'Staff and students have worked extremely hard and the result has been outstanding.'

The five planned shows sold out very early after tickets went on sale, including an understudies' show where they had their chance to shine in the spotlight. There were also five matinees where students from academies across the Cabot Learning Federation watched the performance.

Director and Head of Drama, Meesh Lambert-Vince, said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed by the commitment of staff and students, they have worked extremely hard and the result has been outstanding. I must take this opportunity to thank Dave Vince, Mick Glenfield and Year 9 student Max Bennett for their exceptional input over the year. I do hope the production will inspire and encourage students at Bristol Met and across the Federation to pursue Performing Arts as a career either onstage or backstage.”

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