Transition Year (TY) girls aided by some plucky male volunteers from St. Michael’s College, Gonzaga College and Sandford Park Schools- staged a wonderful production of the musical Hairspray recently, with their energetic performances and vibrant production wowing audiences. This delightful summer musical set in 1962 Baltimore, was chock-full of toe-tapping Sixties style numbers and downtown rhythm and blues, ensuring the audiences were dancing in their seats as song after song was performed.
Mr. Moore said, “I am consistently astounded by the level of talent that we have within the school community and the dedication that the students bring to these performances. I would like to congratulate them all for their hard work as I know how much time and effort went into the production from students and staff.”
The girls and guys on stage kept the audience enthralled with their portrayal of the main cast including the characters of Tracy Turnblad (Aisling O’Keeffe), Penny Pingleton (Lily O’Callaghan), Little Inez (Svetlana Sarapulova) and Motormouth Maybelle (Ava Tormey Murphy) to name but a few, along with the Dynamites, Athletes and Mathletes.
Behind the scenes, the backstage crew worked feverishly to keep the show on the road. As ever, all posters, programmes, props and costumes were produced and designed by the students and staff in Rathdown School. The students discovered valuable new skills, embraced independent learning and developed a greater appreciation of teamwork as every role in the show is of value. The audiences thoroughly enjoyed all of the performances and showed their appreciation for all of the hours of rehearsals that went into yet another successful production.
Each year, the students put on a musical performance as part of their TY programme. Last year, pupils starred in a production of The Wizard of Oz. This year the production was led by TY Coordinators Ms Gerry Macken and Ms Genevieve McCormack and Musical and Theatrical Directors Ms Marian Jordan and Ms Deirdre Nolan. The annual Transition Year musical is always a highlight of the Rathdown School’s TY programme, consistently setting the bar high for quality and fun.