Kids can’t stop the beat!

Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

Today we have welcomed fifty young people aged between 7-16 years old for a special day of half-term workshops based around the sunniest and funniest show in town – Hairspray.

Hairspray Dance Captain, Laura Thorogood teaches some moves...

Hairspray Dance Captain, Laura Thorogood teaches some moves…

The day has featured highlights such as a backstage tour taking a look at the set and costumes featured in the show, learning the hit songs from the production and even a dance class with Hairspray cast member and Dance Captain, Laura Thorogood.

Laura put the group through their paces learning the moves to the high-energy finale, ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ with a flurry of jazz-hands and hip-shaking in one of our dance studios usually occupied by dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet.

As the kids dance, sing and explore their way round our theatre there’s no denying that they are sure to be ‘the nicest kids in town’ as they leave to enjoy the rest of the half term break.

Take a look at the picture gallery below for some shots from Laura’s masterclass and keep your eyes on the website for more info on upcoming holiday workshops including our Summer Workshop 2013 here.

For more info & tickets for Hairspray click here.

An Afro-tastic time with Hairspray and UCB Students!

Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

Marcus & Cast meet the Students!

Marcus & Cast meet the Students!

This week we headed over to University College Birmingham where the 1960’s sprang back to life in a mist of hairspray and greasepaint as Specialist Hair and Media Make-up students showcased their skills to cast members from the hit musical Hairspray, including X-Factor runner up Marcus Collins.

Marcus and cast members of the West End and Broadway musical in full colour and fabulous costume called in to the University’s make-up training studios on Newhall Street to meet students of the Birmingham based University which has over 7,500 students.

Nothing says “welcome to the 60’s” like a beehive-do and to mark the occasion the cast met  two Theatrical Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up Diploma students and their award-winning 1960’s hair and make-up creations which recently were amongst the top ten winners in a national hairdressing competition. Six Specialist Hair and Media Make-up degree students also highlighted work they had created for their Styling for Photography exam including hairstyles, headwear and costumes.

Marcus Collins who plays the role of Seaweed Stubbs in Hairspray was actually a professional hairdresser himself in Liverpool!  He gave up the hairdressing profession to audition for the X Factor where he beat 200,000 people and became runner up to Little Mix in the 2011 final.

To see a video of our afro-tastic trip click here.

To catch Marcus and the cast in Hairspray click here for tickets.

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BIG Hair, BIG Podcast…

Welcome to the 60's!

Welcome to the 60’s!

Join us backstage at the happiest, funniest and sunniest show in town, Hairspray, in our latest podcast!

We talk with stars of the show Marcus Collins (XFactor), Lucy Benjamin (Eastenders) and Mark Benton (Waterloo Road) about what to expect from the show and life on the road with this smash hit West End and Broadway musical.

CLICK HERE to tune in…