Hairspray Jr amazes audiences at the Gulbenkian
Our year 6 production for 2018/2019 was Hairspray! Jr, which was performed at the Gulbenkian Theatre at Kent University. Hairspray Jr is an adaptation of the Broadway musical, for young performers and audiences. It is a play set in 1960s America, a time of shocking, government-imposed racial segregation. The play is the rousing story of a young girl who attempts to oppose segregation in the city of Baltimore, and, aided by her friends, is ultimately successful. The uplifting finale is a celebration of multiculturalism.
Inspired by this story, which the year 6 children read as part of their literacy unit on drama and scripts, year 6 studied the history of segregation in the USA – and learned about some of the key heroes and breakthroughs in the civil rights movement – and celebrated their own diversity.
Performances were held on Thursday 18th July and Friday 19th July at 7pm in the Gulbenkian theatre.
Exective headteacher, Mr. Stuart Pywell had this to say after watching the production: "As I was watching the final production of the Year 6 production of Hairspray on Friday night, the 19th July, I realised what an incredible privilege it is to be the Headteacher of such a fantastic school. Not just because of the great children and parents, their creativity, determination, resilience and drive, nor because we had put on a play with over 100 children in our local theatre, but because of how absolutely marvellous it was that our teachers and children had chosen a contentious musical, not a mainstream choice, with some little known songs and some challenging dance routines. Not only was it a success but it engaged all the children in a real project, understanding and overcoming racism. It was truly magical watching all the children supporting encouraging and engaging in such a professional way."
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