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Parliament Hill School stage their own version of musical Hairspray

Secondary school transformed into 1960s Baltimore

07 December, 2017 — By Helen Chapman

TALENTED students at a Dartmouth Park secondary school staged their own version of hit musical Hairspray this week. Parents at Parliament Hill School watched as their daughters staged the story of Tracey Turnblad’s challenge to racism and sexism in 1960s Baltimore.

Ella Oddie-James and Ines Goes-Marliere had star roles in a series of performances. “It’s important to introduce these issues at school when people are in those formative years figuring out what they care about,” said Ella, 14.

Ines added: “The play raises awareness in a really fun way. “There are people in this play who are always told they are not allowed to do certain things. The character Seaweed is black, Tracy is fat and they are both told they are not good enough. They believe in themselves despite all of that and because of that they win.”

Drama teacher Laura Acton said: “The original script has some language which we perhaps wouldn’t use now so some of the lyrics we have had to change.”

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