THEATRE REVIEW - Hairspray, The Deepings School

Some of the cast of Hairspray at The Deepings School.
Some of the cast of Hairspray at The Deepings School.
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Typical high school fare but one full of effort

No one should ever underestimate the time and talent that a school invests in its students when putting a theatrical production.

The Deepings School is no exception, as proved by its interpretation of the post-Grease musical Hairspray set in the American east coast city of Baltimore during the early 1960s.

It was an era of Kennedy’s Camelot presidency, the Cuban Missiles Crisis and the explosion of the East versus West Space Race.

The plot centred around Tracy Turnbland’s efforts to become a dancer on the Corny Collins Show (a 1960s US TV version of our own Tony Blackburn).

Turnbland’s efforts meet with opposition as the USA’s never ending struggles with race until she decides to break down the barriers and win her place on the show. but based on merit alone.

A school orchestra provided a creditable soundtrack for the show which, surprisingly, featured a highly energetic cameo at the end from about five staff who danced away to one of the show’s final numbers.

The show’s moral is meant to be stand up and do what is right, be true to yourself and not change who you are to fit in with others.

Hairspray was a fitting show for our times, trends, tastes and its student cast who were rewarded for their hard work by making the school’s audience and reputation proud.

Review by Winston Brown