Headteacher praises Hairspray performance as ‘something very special’

Hairspray by Bourne Grammar School ANL-150304-120536001
Hairspray by Bourne Grammar School ANL-150304-120536001

Bourne Grammar School’s lavish production of Hairspray was enjoyed by an audience of over 1,000 across five performances. A theatrical and musical feast, it was described as, “something remarkable, something very special” that “filled the audiences with joy and happiness.”

From the moment the pit band struck up the opening notes it was obvious that the audience was in for a treat.

Director of music Charlotte Coggin conducted a band that largely consisted of students and was on superb form. The large cast gave students from all year groups the chance to showcase their musical and acting talent.

Lead roles were played with energy and commitment by Emily Key (Tracy), Lauren Gapper (Penny), Josh Callisto (Seaweed), Jess Aldred (Link), Luke Skinner (Corny Collins) and Beth Brewster (Prudy). Sisters Frankie and Amelia Gardner made the most of their comedic roles as Velma and Amber.

Tracy’s mother, Edna, was performed in drag by Jamie Morton with husband Wilbur played by Adam Hawkins.

Eleni Papaioannou stunned the audience with her natural and confident performance as Motormouth.

Headteacher Jonathan Maddox said: “They achieved something remarkable, something very special.”