Bolingbroke Academy Presents 'Hairspray' the Musical

This week was performance week for our annual musical ‘Hairspray’ and this year the cast consists of pupils from all years, accompanied by a staff and pupil band.

Under the expert tutelage of the Drama & Music staff; Ms Breckon, Mr Kalorkoti, Ms Murphy, and choreographer Ms Tibbetts the cast not only performed a full dress rehearsal for local primary schools but also gave 100% and delivered an excellent performance three nights in a row, with each night a full house.


As Ms Murphy and Mr Kalorkoti explained “Taking on a musical as challenging as Hairspray has been an intense artistic process but has undoubtedly proved to be an invaluable experience for teachers and pupils alike. We are immensely proud of the pupils’ incredible achievement, in delivering a show which is not only dazzling, but deeply relevant today. The effort which has gone into the dances, the music and the acting of this story is unbelievable, and we are incredibly grateful to all the pupils and staff - across so many departments - who have so generously contributed to the show."

In the lead role of Tracy Turnblad, Raven  Weston said “This is a great story about a girl wanting to change the world and I am so proud to have been cast in a lead role. The cast are all like a second family now.”


Hettie Shepherd who plays Prudy Pingleton added “ It has been great getting to know the rest of the cast as we are all from different years and wouldn’t normally speak to each other.”

Behind the scenes helping to stage the production were a team of parents, staff and pupils who all worked tirelessly to make this one of the Academy’s best productions. Sophie Lewis, who plays Amber Von Tussle and Finn Morgan-Murrell who plays Corny Collins, both commented, “The teachers are brilliant, we had hours and hours of rehearsals but they were tolerant of all the backstage antics and provided good direction. The whole event was a lot of fun and we have all made lots of new friends.”


The determination and effort of all involved has been widely recognised, as summed up by Ms Breckon  “The cast and band’s hard work and energy have made this production the huge success that it is, and they have done us all so proud. I can’t wait for the finale and I think I speak for everyone when I say how sad we will be when it’s finally over!”

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