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School musical exceeds expectations with sold out season
Something extraordinary is happening at Ringwood Secondary College in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.
After more than 30 years of annual musical productions, this year's season is a sell out, with 2060 tickets for seven shows walking out the door a week ago. Such is the energy of this year's cohort.
Besides the cast of 80 students, Ringwood Secondary College's annual production is a real community affair. The production teams, musicians, and backstage crew includes teachers, past and current students, parents, extended family members and friends.
Many families and friends have been left in the lurch with no ticket. Sadly, safety requirements preclude the possibility of adding extra seats to the reconfigured school hall.
However there is still an opportunity to see the show. Tickets to the preview performance on Tuesday 6th August at 12 midday are being sold at reduced price of $15. These must be purchased in advance through school's general office on 9870 2002.
Hairspray' is a musical by Marc Shaiman (music), Scott Wittman and Shaiman (lyrics) and based on the 1988 John Waters film. It is set in Baltimore in 1962 and deals with issues of racial segregation and prejudice.
Ringwood Secondary College is one of the areas oldest secondary schools. Many of its students have pursued careers in The Arts. The school is easily reached by rail or bus.
It remains to be seen whether the demand for tickets is a one off occurrence, or whether it indicates in a resurgence in support for community theatre.