Youth group is taking on ’60s favourite

THE RATTONIAN Youth Group, in association with Eastbourne College, is staging the musical comedy Hairspray from October 26-30.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, Hairspray is set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland. Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show.

Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to drool over heart-throb Link Larkin, much to Tracy’s mother Edna’s dismay.

After one of the stars of the show leaves, auditions are held to find a replacement. Will Tracy make the show and win Link’s heart?

The show has recently left the West End and is now touring, however, the performing rights were released for youth companies and The Rattonians snapped up the opportunity.

The cast of 50 young people will perform the musical at Eastbourne College’s Big School Theatre.

The show is directed by Mark Adams, with choreographer Debbie Hackett, vocal coach Paula Pout and musical director Carl Greenwood.

And the cast had a special workshop run by former Rattonian Chris Howell, who understudied Phill Jupitus in the recent West End production.

Evening performances are at 7.30pm at Eastbourne College Theatre, with 2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets cost £12 for adults and £10 for children, call 638368 or email