Hairspray on stage at Piper’s Hill, Naas

FIRST, second, fourth and fifth year students at Piper’s Hill College, Naas, are busy rehearsing for their upcoming production of ‘Hairspray’.

FIRST, second, fourth and fifth year students at Piper’s Hill College, Naas, are busy rehearsing for their upcoming production of ‘Hairspray’.

They have found themselves immersed in a culture and era which is a long way from their own.

However, they have embraced the challenge and are looking forward to the show, as are their teachers who are responsible for the shows production, direction and coordination.

The year is 1962 and the place is the racist, working class city of Baltimore, Maryland. Like any other teenager, “pleasantly plump” Tracy Turnblad (Michaela Curtis) has her own share of woes, including a burning desire to be famous and getting into trouble for “inappropriate hair height”!

Tracey finds herself auditioning for a local teenage dance show, The Corny Collins show but is shocked to learn that she is rejected because of her size and that other kids are turned away because they are black.

After receiving dance lessons from black dancer, Seaweed J. Stubbs (Henry Dunne), Tracy’s moves catch the attention of Corny (Riain Fitzsimons) and she is allowed on the show.

The musical takes to the stage on Thursday and Friday 22 and 23 November. Tickets cost E12 for adults and E8 for students and OAPs and are on sale from the school office and at the door on the night.