School Production Of Hairspray Starts Tomorrow

The Five Islands School

The Five Islands School

This year’s school musical is not just about singing and dancing. The production of Hairspray, which runs for three nights from tomorrow, offers an insight into how 50s America dealt with racial prejudice.

That’s the message from Five Islands School drama teacher Tanya Reynolds. She’s overseeing the pupils’ production of the script, that’s been made into a movie twice and has had a successful run on Broadway.

From Radio Scilly

Tanya Reynolds on this year’s school show, Hairspray

Tanya says the students have pulled off an impressive show, especially when you consider the size of our school, and a team of 25 have been working both on stage and behind the scenes to pull the show together.

May is one of the busiest times of the year for pupils, but Tanya says the pupils are very good at multitasking.

She’s impressed with how the production has been shaped by the students as she wasn’t keen on it when they first suggested it. Tanya said she would have preferred another American musical, such as Annie, but in the end she says the children persuaded her and she’s glad they did.

They’re putting the final touches to the show, and there’s still work to do, says Tanya, but she feels it’ll be alright on the night.

Next year Tanya says she’d like to work with some of the younger pupils and put on a Shakespeare play, ideally using the amphitheatre as the staging area.