Monday, 15 March 2010

I finished the day at Woodkirk High Specialist Science School for their Gala Night Performance of Hairspray...
I had been invited by Jonathan White, headteacher at Woodkirk, to see their latest show in a long line of brilliant productions dating back to 'Annie Get Your Gun' in 1978! And it was a simply fantastic performance with some extra-ordinary performances from the young cast and the wonderful team of young musicians. I know that it's hard and unfair to pick anyone out but the future stars who really stood out for me this evening were Vicki Holmes as Tracy Turnblad, and Jordan Smith as Edna Turnblad who are pictured here with Cllr Judith Elliott, Lord Mayor of Leeds, and I.

The other stars of the show were Anna Wilson as Penny Pingleton, Tom Lillywhite as Corny Collins and Katie Osborne as Motormouth Maybelle. These young performers could easily have been on a West End Stage and were supported by a really stunningly good chorus whose singing was just fantastic.

It was a wonderful evening at a great school at the beginning of a long week and made me wish I was back at school working with such talented young people.

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