School Drama Production 2016 – ‘Hairspray’

The week beginning Monday 21st November 2016 saw Grosvenor stage its annual whole-school Drama Production, performing ‘Hairspray’ to in excess of 1500 audience members over four entertaining and action-packed performances.  

Under the leadership of Director Mrs Orla Young and Musical Director Mr Jonathan Arnold this year’s cast and crew, comprising in excess of an incredible one hundred and thirty pupils from Years Eight to Fourteen, combined to deliver a vibrant and entertaining take on the show, the music for which was written by Marc Shaiman, with lyrics by Scott Whitman and Shaiman and the book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan.

Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd November saw the cast deliver matinée performances to visiting Primary School children in the William Moles Hall, while on the evenings of Thursday 24th and Friday 25th the show was staged for members of the paying public.

The production saw a number of acclaimed performances delivered by lead actors Emily Neill (Tracy), Stephen Hedley (Link), Reuben Browne (Edna), Ben Stacey (Wilbur), Anna Smith (Penny), Josh Clarke (Seaweed), Libby Duncan (Motormouth Maybelle), Erin Tumilson (Little Inez), Sarah Myles (Velma), Sarah Whittle (Amber), Thomas Parke (Corny Collins) and James Martin (Mr Pinky). In addition the show was brought to life by its superb chorus as well as a talented band of musicians who delivered its distinctive score with verve and aplomb throughout.

Following four accomplished, professional and entertaining performances all in attendance were left wowed by the level of application and effort which enabled Grosvenor’s cast to produce such a superb series of shows. In recent times the school has deservedly earned a name for delivering Musical Drama productions of the highest quality and ‘Hairspray’ served only to enhance this reputation.

Congratulations to everybody involved in Grosvenor’s production of ‘Hairspray who helped to make the show such an overwhelming success - we look forward to seeing many of its talented actors treading the boards again before long.

Josh Clarke (Seaweed) and Libby Duncan (Motormouth Maybelle) take centre stage during the Friday evening performance of 'Hairspray'.

Thomas Parke stars as Corny Collins during this year's Musical Drama Production of 'Hairspray'.