Popular musical performed in Woodford Green school

A school was given a taste of 1960’s America with a production of a popular musical about the fight for racial equality.Hairspray was performed by pupils at Woodbridge High School in St Barnabas Road, Woodford Green, and was watched by more than 1,000 people over three nights.

Youngsters showed off their performance skills combining dancing with singing and acting.

The lead roles were played by Ellouise Dennis, Charlie Dibble, Poppie Widger and Jordan Murray while Jack Dewhurst was commended for his comic timing.

Jeremy Clifton, assistant headteacher said: “The songs, played by a wonderful orchestra, had the audiences rocking in the aisles and everyone left with their spirits lifted.

“There were strong performances from all the lead characters as they skilfully portrayed the issues over race, segregation and civil rights that dominated the period.

“All who saw the show left with their spirits lifted and catchy tunes stuck in their head.”

Hairspray was written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and based on the 1988 John Waters film which explored the civil rights movement in America.

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