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Hairspray

Photos reproduced with permission from Daniel Bell

KD Theatre Productions gave a dazzling performance of ‘Hairspray Junior’ on Saturday. With 150 children taking part, the stage was packed with a sparkling array of characters and groups, all telling the story of star wannabe making good.

Tracy Turnblad (played by Ellie Hughes) had her heart set on starring In the ‘Corny Collins Show’. Mum, Edna Turnblad (Jack Stearne) was at first unwilling but blossomed as a star herself as Tracy’s quest became a reality through her determination and personality.

Dad, Wilbur Turnblad (Dean Bruce) supported her all the way. With the help of her friends, Penny Pingleton ((Netta Hociej), dancer Seaweed (Brandon Homes), her idol Link Larkin (Zak Potts) and amazing Motor Mouth Maybelle (Jamie Musora) Tracy overturned society as it was known then in the ‘60s and the integration of whites and blacks became a reality.

The baddies of the tale, previous Miss Teen Hairspray Amber Von Tussle (Mia Leverington) and Velma Von Tussle (Emily Gordon) did their utmost to thwart Tracy but thankfully failed.

Other notable characters included Corny Collins (Jacob Stoodley), Little Inez Stubbs (Abigail Day), and Prudy Pingleton and Matron (Ellis Hociej) who were joined by a host of other viable contributors.

All the characters, no matter how minor, really lived the tale and with constant in infectious rhythms, some excellent singing and lively movement, this show had the audience mesmerised from the start.

Congratulations must go to the director Jessica Theobald and her team for such a fantastic production.

For more information: http://www.kdtheatre.co.uk/

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Rosemary Westwell
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Australian-born teacher and writer Dr Rosemary Westwell (PhD, MA Ed, MA TESOL, B Mus. BA Hons) lives in Cambridgeshire, England. She completed her PhD in 2007 on ‘The Development of Language Acquisition in a Mature Learner’ ( available free on: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/48/). She writes a column for the Ely Standard, directs a ladies’ choir (‘The Isle Singers’)  and is a member of her local council.

Her husband suffers from dementia and is in a care home. They have two daughters and six children who live in the UK.

Other publications, including ‘Twenty Tips for Teaching IGCSE ESL’, ‘Teaching Language Learners’ and her novels ‘John, Dementia and Me’ and ‘John’s Shadow’ which are  available on www.amazon.com

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