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On November 25th, 26th and 27th last the Sligo Grammar School TY and 5th year students finally took to the boards with the musical Hairspray! After three months of hard graft they finally made it to the stage. The school Sports Hall was utterly transformed for the occasion, with a stage constructed, a lighting rig hoisted and a sound system installed. The logistics involved in staging the show in the school were phenomenal with days of work and organisation involved. Mr Staunton and Mr Price, with invaluable help from Harry Nairn and Michael Fabian, engineered the whole process of setting up the venue with the aid of TY and 5th year students. The job of dressing the stage fell to Ms Hynes and Mr Cassidy with their team of helpers. Ms Hynes with Mrs Kilroy, Ms McIntyre and Gabrielle Craig were the driving force behind costumes, although the students themselves went to great lengths to acquire costumes for themselves as well.
The director, Sarah Burns and producer, Ms Hynes would like to pay tribute to the students who were involved in any way, from the marvellous stage managers and backstage crew to the raffle ticket sellers (under the careful eye of Mrs O’Donnell) and front-of-house ushers. You were all brilliant and a pleasure to work with! Thanks also to all the teachers who helped in any way, from Mr Potter, Ms Conlon and Jonathan Carter who helped with the singing to Mrs Shannon and Ms Caldwell who sold the tickets and the many teachers who manned the backstage areas and the doors on the nights of the performance. Your support and encouragement was very much appreciated.
A special mention, though goes to the members of the cast who took it upon themselves to teach their fellow actors the songs and dances so that everyone was supremely confident about what had to be done. We couldn’t have done it without your commitment.
It was a great show and a credit to all involved. Have a look at the slideshow here.
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