As part of Performing Arts week, Barr Beacon school went all ‘60s and was proud to present their production of the hit musical Hairspray Jr. The large cast of 56 dancers and actors really wowed the audience with their confidence and professionalism as they dazzled to the musical’s hits “Welcome to the ‘60s”, “Good Morning Baltimore” and “Run and Tell That”. H Ward, who played the lead, Tracey Turnblad, led the show, telling a powerful tale of one young teenage girl’s mission to change attitudes towards racial segregation.
Her beehive hair, amazing voice and comic timing was teamed up by an energetic cast who were excellent in capturing the show’s key characters: from the hip-shaking Seaweed (Z Brown), his little sister Inez (S Patel) his soulful mother Motormouth Mabel performed by the enigmatic vocal talent N Thompson, to the charismatic Corny Collins (F Darkes), heartthrob Link Larkin (J Hemming), divas Velma and Amber Von Tussle (L Bainbridge and E Rice) and finally the comic duo of best gum-chewing friend Penny (M Summersby) with her strict and overbearing mother Prudy Pingleton played by the hilarious H Neale.
The show was a fun-filled spectacular, with the audience being treated to a colourful finale of singing and dancing and a surprise arrival of the newly glamourous mother of Tracey; Edna Turnblad (played by the extremely comical R Chatwin) and her dutiful husband Wilbur (Z Inman).
The cast of Barr Beacon have worked continuously hard throughout the rehearsal process, showing great dedication. Thank you to everyone who came to watch the spectacular. And remember…”You Can’t Stop The Beat!”