Such a stylish production of Hairspray!

December 22 2017

STUDENTS at Bristol Metropolitan Academy presented their version of the American hit musical Hairspray to great acclaim.

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STUDENTS at Bristol Metropolitan Academy presented their version of the American hit musical Hairspray to great acclaim.

The show is set in 1960s Baltimore, where the dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Her new status as a teen sensation helps bring racial integration to “The Corny Collins Show”. 

Bristol Met students and staff spent a year preparing for the production, with weekly rehearsals, including giving up time in the holidays. There were 60 students in the cast and more than 25 supporting crew members from Years 7 to 11. 

The show involved the music department, external artists, staff, parents and volunteers from the community,  who helped create costumes and build sets.

The five planned shows sold out very early after tickets went on sale; this included an understudies’ show where they had their chance in the spotlight. There were also five matinees where students from academies across the Cabot Learning Federation watched the performances.

The show’s director, 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.”